BASF inaugurates its second Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Navi Mumbai 1
B ASF Group inaugurated its new Innovation Campus Asia Pacific near Mumbai. The project involved a total investment of around €50 million from BASF Group, and marks the Group’s largest R&D investment in South Asia.
All global research operations at BASF Innovation Campus Asia Pacific (Mumbai) will be housed under BASF Chemicals India Private Limited, a 100% subsidiary of BASF SE. The new innovation campus will expand the company’s existing R&D activities in India to include global and regional research on a wide range of specialty chemicals. Topics will cover personal and home care, process development, organic synthesis, crop protection and many more.
“A growing need for energy, food and clean water, limited resources, and a rising world population pose huge challenges. Innovations based on chemistry will enable new solutions,” said Dr. Martin Brudermueller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE and Chief Technology Officer. “As a consequence, BASF is expanding its R&D network, especially to emerging markets in Asia, as we want to drive innovation addressing customer and market needs at an early stage. Mumbai will be another powerful regional innovation hub for BASF, with proximity to the dynamically growing Indian market.”
The new campus significantly expands BASF’s research capacities in India, which were established in 2005 and expanded in 2014 to cover agricultural research, organic synthesis, molecular modelling and advanced process research. The campus includes state-of-the-art laboratories for chemical synthesis, application and process development, as well as analytics. It brings all new and existing research and development activities by BASF in Mumbai under one roof.
Combined with the broad range of current development activities, the campus will enable global know-how exchange and foster collaboration with customers, industrial and academic partners. It can accommodate up to 300 scientists and will bring together top scientists from India and other parts of the world, the company said.
“We see the demand for innovative solutions in many industries in India, including automotive as well as food and nutrition. Moreover, India is now home to a wide range of high calibre scientists and excellent domestic research capabilities,” said Sanjeev Gandhi, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE, responsible for Asia Pacific.
The approximately 20,000 sq.m. campus is a collaborative space housing scientific and technical laboratories, modern offices, a full-scale auditorium, cafeteria and employee amenities. .