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China (Mainland)

BASF Caojing site

Key products: Polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF®) /TDI (toluene diisocyanate) / MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) / polyisocyanate (Basonat®)/ automotive coatings/ polyamide polymerization/ process catalysts

Located at Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing                                                  

BASF Chemicals Co. Ltd.

  • PolyTHF complex plant for the major raw material for spandex fibers, started up in 2005
  • Basonat plant for the coating and furniture finishing industry, started up in 2007
  • Ultramid® (polyamide 6 and 6/6.6) polymerization plant, the BASF’s first polyamide polymerization plant in Asia Pacific, with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons per year, started production in 2015
  •  A resin and electrocoat plant for high quality coatings started up in 2015
  •  A new, world-scale process catalysts production facility will start up in 2017

BASF Shanghai Coatings Co. Ltd.

  • A joint venture between BASF Group and Shanghai Huayi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd., produces automotive coatings since July 2014
  • A new automotive coatings plant with an investment of around €140 million broke ground in June 2016, and is expected to start operation in 2017


Two joint ventures with Huntsman and several Chinese partners

  • Produce TDI and MDI, key components for the production of polyurethanes used in the automotive and construction industries and in products such as refrigerators, upholstery, mattresses and footwear
  • Investment of more than $1 billion
  • Established in 2006
  • Construction of a plant with a production capacity of 240,000 metric tons of crude MDI per year started in June 2014
  • With the new plant, the MDI capacity at this site will be doubled to 480,000 metric tons per year, and is expected to start up in 2017