BASF to Build New Emulsion Polymers Plant in Freeport, Texas

Nov. 12, 2012 - BASF announced plans to build a new production plant for emulsion polymers at its integrated “Verbund” site in Freeport, Texas.

BASF expects the new plant to begin production in mid-2014 and create about 25 new jobs at the Freeport site.

The plant will manufacture acrylic emulsion polymers used for architectural coatings, construction chemicals, adhesives, and the paper chemicals industry.

"This investment demonstrates BASF’s commitment to the regional market demand by paper and board manufacturers for these materials and supports our global strategy to be the preferred supplier of polymer emulsions for the coated paper and board markets,” said Chuck Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Paper Chemicals, for BASF in North America

BASF currently operates three emulsion polymer plants in North America in Monaca, Pennsylvania; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Altamira, Mexico.

In addition to the Freeport expansion project, BASF is building new manufacturing facilities for emulsion polymers in India and the company also opened new plants in South Africa in September 2012 and in China in November 2012.