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Work on key BASF plant launched

October 2011

WORK on a new state-of-the-art BASF antioxidant blends plant at Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP) has been launched by Bahrain’s Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Hassan Fakhro.

The plant, when operational by the end of 2012, will be one of the largest of its kind in the world with an annual capacity of 16,000 tonnes. It will manufacture a range of customer-specific antioxidant blends (CSBs) for BASF customers throughout the Middle East, especially for those in the GCC.

BASF, one of the leading chemical companies in the world, has awarded the construction contract for the new 15,000-sq-m facility to Poullaides Construction Company. The project is expected to be completed by July next year.

Dr Fakhro said that BASF’s decision to locate this major, new manufacturing investment in Bahrain was a testament to the quality of the location and the competitive advantages Bahrain offers to global investors.

He said that this takes to five the number of German companies that have committed to building facilities at the BIIP.
Siemens and Lauscha Fiber International from Lauscha, near Sonneberg, are both in operation, while RMA Pipeline Equipment Company from Rheinau, near Mannheim, announced details of its plans to build a new engineering facility at the BIIP in July.

Talks have been finalised with another major German company to establish a new facility at the BIIP in a joint venture with a Bahraini company.

Dr Fakhro said that the launch of work on this new facility takes to 51 the number of new facilities that have either commenced operations or have their factories under construction at the BIIP. A further 20 companies have been approved and are in the pre-construction stage. These 71 companies have an associated investment of BD483 million ($1.3 billion) and will create 8,086 jobs.

“This is a considerable investment by BASF worth millions of dinars, reflecting our commitment to the region,” said John Frijins, BASF senior vice-president of plastic additives for Europe. “The facility will bring latest technology to produce plastic additives, ensuring consistent high quality outputs and international standards.”

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