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BASF celebrates 15th anniversary of Indaiatuba, Brazil, emissions catalysts production plant

  • 14 million catalysts produced at site have eliminated 20 million tons of pollutants from South American vehicle exhaust
  • Celebration also marks 150th anniversary of BASF worldwide in 2015

ISELIN, N.J., March 24, 2015 -- BASF today marked the 15th anniversary of its mobile emissions catalysts manufacturing plant in Indaiatuba, Brazil – and the 150th anniversary of BASF worldwide in 2015 – with a celebration event attended by a number of regional customers, suppliers, partners and employees. Guests took part in a birthday-style celebration and site tour as well as an on-site technical fair highlighting a range of innovative solutions BASF provides automotive manufacturers in South America, including advanced catalyst systems, coatings, fuel additives and lubricants, and lightweight plastics.

The Indaiatuba plant, located approximately 110 kilometers northwest of São Paulo, was started up in early 2000 with 20 employees and two automotive emissions catalysts production lines. Since that time, the plant has grown to more than 100 employees and five production lines, significantly increasing its manufacturing footprint and capabilities.

“The 14 million catalysts we have produced in Indaiatuba since 2000 have eliminated about 20 million tons of pollutants from car, truck and motorcycle engine exhaust in Brazil and surrounding countries,” noted Marc Ehrhardt, Senior Vice President of BASF’s Emissions Catalysts business. “We are proud of the work being done here and our team’s ability to help BASF customers meet increasingly stringent clean air regulations.”

BASF is a global market leader for mobile emissions catalysts, offering cost-effective regulatory compliance solutions for light-duty gasoline and diesel engines, heavy-duty diesel engines, motorcycles, small engines, and more. Among the advanced emissions control technologies being produced in Indaiatuba are:

  • Three-Way Conversion (TWC) Catalysts: remove hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO) and some nitrogen oxides (NOx) from gasoline or ethanol engine exhaust.
  • Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC): remove HC, CO and some particulate matter (PM) from diesel engine exhaust.
  • Catalyzed Soot Filters (CSF): minimize the release of particulate material from diesel engine exhaust.
  • SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) Catalyst: converts NOx into water and nitrogen using a urea-based solution.
  • Ammonia Oxidation Catalyst (AMOX): removes excess ammonia from engine exhaust and can be adjusted to the SCR system.

“Our anniversary milestone reinforces BASF’s longstanding commitment to Brazil and South America,” said Jeffrey DeAlmeida, BASF Director, Mobile Emissions Catalysts, South America. “We will continue to invest to deliver innovative emissions control solutions to support our customers’ global platforms in the region, and we look forward to the next 15 years of growth and advancement at our Indaiatuba plant.”

About BASF’s Catalysts division

BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products. By leveraging our industry-leading R&D platforms, passion for innovation and deep knowledge of precious and base metals, BASF’s Catalysts division develops unique, proprietary catalyst and adsorbent solutions that drive customer success.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of over €74 billion in 2014 and around 113,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

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