Issue Date: June 27, 2011
BASF Boosts Vehicle Catalysts In Asia
BASF will double its capacity for vehicle catalysts in China and Japan. In Shanghai, the company will spend $57 million to double capacity for emissions catalysts used in cars, motorcycles, and trucks. BASF notes that Chinese car production grew 32% in 2010 and that the government is implementing increasingly strict emissions standards. In Japan, BASF will double capacity for heavy-duty diesel emissions catalysts at its plant in Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture. The site is part of a 50-50 joint venture with Sumitomo Metal Mining. Japan produces 10% of the world’s heavy-duty diesel vehicles, BASF says.
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