Chemicals company BASF has inaugurated its fifth construction chemicals plant in India.

The new facility at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh is BASF India's largest construction chemicals plant in the country. It will produce standard and custom-made performance based concrete admixtures in the MasterGlenium, MasterPolyheed and MasterRheobuild range, as well as construction systems such as MasterTile, MasterSeal, MasterTop and MasterEmaco. There is also the potential to expand to higher versions of the MasterTile and MasterProtect series of products, BASF said.

The site includes a multiple tank storage facility and a concrete lab that will deliver tailor-made formulations.

BASF expects this new plant to allow the company to respond in a timely way to customers' needs in the southern part of India and to support them with high-performance solutions in the highly competitive market.

Ralf Spettmann, president of Construction Chemicals at BASF, said: "With the new plant at Nellore, BASF offers a comprehensive range of solutions to help construct buildings that can be more energy efficient, durable and require fewer resources for maintenance."

Dr. Raman Ramachandran, chairman and managing director of BASF India Limited and head of BASF South Asia, added: "India is a strategic market for BASF and it's important to be able to respond to the local market in a timely manner. The Nellore site, an addition to our existing four construction chemicals plants in India, enables us to stay close to the customers and offer them customized solutions to meet the growing demands for multi-story buildings, long-lasting infrastructure constructions and more energy efficient construction techniques."