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BASF plans new blending facility for antioxidants in Bahrain


* BASF is strengthening its presence in the Middle East to support the strongly growing regional polymer industry
* The company is finalizing plans for a new production facility for customer specific antioxidant blends in Bahrain
* BASF is committed to continue the existing local tolling agreement for antioxidant blends with Astra Polymer

Ludwigshafen , Germany – BASF has announced plans to build a production facility for customer specific antioxidant blends (CSB) in Bahrain. The new CSB plant will come in addition to the existing tolling agreement for CSB with Astra Polymer in the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, which is mainly supplying local customers.

“With the new production facility in Bahrain, we will be able to support the fast growth of our customers in the Middle East region while providing the flexibility in supply and service speed that our customers require”, explains Hans W. Reiners, President Performance Chemicals Division of BASF.

John Frijns, Senior Vice President Plastic Additives Europe/EAWA, adds: “Following the evaluation of several investment options, we have decided that a new antioxidant blending facility in Bahrain will provide the highest value for both, our customers and BASF”.

As the world’s leading Plastic Additives supplier, BASF is committed to support polymer growth in the Middle East Region with local production as well as the services that customers demand.

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