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BASF expands in Germany, to build a battery recycling prototype plant in Schwarzheide, at its cathode active materials (CAM) site. The expansion will create more than 35 new production jobs, with startup planned for early 2023.

  • The prototype recycling plant will allow for the development of operational procedures and optimization of technology to deliver superior returns of lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from end-of-life lithium-ion batteries as well as off spec material from cell producers and battery material producers.
  • The extracted metals will be used to produce new cathode active materials and will enable a circular economy for the battery value chain.

The prominent acquisitions and investments by BASF are featured below:

June 2021: To boost solar energy, BASF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with JS Power Co., Ltd., (JS Power), to jointly promote the usage of BASF BoldurTM Poles for the facility structure of Agrivoltaics power generation projects in Korea.

June 2021: The growing e-mobility has increased the demand for lithium ion batteries. Volkswagen Group, BASF, Daimler AG, and Fairphone start cross-industry partnership for sustainable Lithium mining in Chile.

May 2021: Austria based Pessl Instruments has signed a collaboration agreement with BASF Digital Farming. The collaboration helps will boost R&D activities to improve pest management in fruits and vegetables and thus boost the production.

May 2021: The leading lithium-ion battery materials supplier Shanshan and BASF announced to form a BASF majority-owned joint venture (BASF: 51%; Shanshan: 49%). The new joint venture will produce cathode active materials (CAM) and precursors (PCAM) in China.

May 2021: To drive circular economy business, BASF announced the expansion of its Seneca, South Carolina, USA, Platinum Group Metals (PGM) refining facility. The expansion helps to increase refining capacity to recycle precious metals from spent catalysts such as automotive catalytic converters.

Feb 2021: To expand battery production in Germany BASF had signed a new long-term contract with Air Liquide. As per contract Air Liquide will supply oxygen and nitrogen to one of the BASF’s largest and most innovative European sites, located in Schwarzheide, Germany.

Dec 2020: To expand in ASEAN market BASF opened new ASEAN Technical Development Center adjacent to its existing Polyurethane (PU) System House at Bangpoo site in Thailand. The new ASEAN Technical Development Center also boasts several new service upgrades, such as more advanced testing and software capabilities.

Nov 2020: The global advanced additives manufacturer BASF had increased the production capacity for advanced additives at its wholly-owned site in Nanjing, China. The strategically located in the logistic hub, the new facility will enable BASF to serve customers across end-use industries, including coatings, adhesives, printings, and composites.

Sep 2020: Chinese oil and gas company SINOPEC and leading chemical company BASF announced a 50-50 joint venture BASF-YPC Co., Ltd. (BYC) to expand the production capacity of neopentylglycol (NPG) at the state-of-the-art Verbund site in Nanjing, China.

Aug 2020: BASF announced that it is investing to double its global Uvinul A Plus production capacity in Taiwan. The company is setting up a new line at its Kaohsiung site in Taiwan to produce Uvinul A Plus.

Aug 2020: To serve customers more efficiently, BASF announced to increase its alkoxylate capacity in Asia Pacific, with its latest investment in Jinshan, China. The company has acquired assets of SPC, related to alkoxylates production in Jinshan.

July 2020: BASF announced that its Coatings division has signed a cooperation agreement with Jaguar Land Rover(JRL) to support the development and implementation of JLR’s Global Body & Paint Programme covering 16 importer countries and markets in Asia Pacific.

July 2020: BASF Venture Capital a corporate venture capital arm of BASF Group, announced that it is investing in the Shanghai-based startup SmartAHC, a leading supplier of digitalization solutions for pig farming on the Chinese market.

April 2020: BASF Corporation is supporting the USA to fight against COVID-19 pandemic with hand sanitizers. The company provides hand sanitizer to the state of New Jersey and New York which produced at the company’s facility in Washington, New Jersey at free of charge.

February 2020: BASF announced a new battery materials production facility in Schwarzheide, Germany. The new plant is a part of the company’s multi-step investment plan to support the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain. The facility will help the company to strengthen its global leadership position in battery materials for electric vehicles.

January 2020: BASF announced the completions of the acquisitions of Solvay’s polyamide (PA 6.6) business for approximately $1.4 billion. The deal broadens BASF’s polyamide capabilities with innovative and well-known products such as Technyl. The acquisition will allow BASF to support its customers with even better engineering plastics solutions, e.g., for autonomous driving and e-mobility.

January 2020: BASF builds a new regional production hub for its Agricultural Solutions business in Asia Pacific. The company’s new production hub for crop protection constructs in Singapore. The new multipurpose facility has been designed to handle six different formulation technologies and will supply the company’s patented crop protection products to farmers across the fast-growing Asia Pacific region.

About BASF
BASF is one of the leading chemical manufacturers in the world. Germany based BASF is an international company comprises of subsidiaries and joint ventures in about 80 countries and operates six integrated production sites in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Africa. The company employs approximately 122,000 employees worldwide. The company’s portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care, Industrial Solutions, and Agricultural Solutions.

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