BASF inaugurates new PVP production facility in Shanghai, China

Will produce PVP K30 powder used as a base for pharma excipients and cosmetics

BASF has opened a new facility for the manufacture of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) in Shanghai, China.

The new plant will produce PVP K30 powder, a polymer used as a base for pharmaceutical excipients (under the Collidon brand), cosmetics, detergents and technical applications.

It will operate in compliance with local and international Good Manufacturing Practice standards.

The plant expands BASF’s reach to customers in Asia Pacific, especially in China, and will offer a continued reliable and high-quality supply, the German firm said.

'The new plant in Shanghai affirms our commitment to customers in multiple industries and marks a key milestone for the transfer of global PVP production technology to Asia Pacific,' said Michael Heinz, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE, responsible for the company’s Performance Products segment.

In 2015, BASF announced plans for $70 million in global investments into its NVP (N-vinylpyrrolidone)/PVP production.

The plans include the extension of capacities in Ludwigshafen, Germany and Geismar, Louisiana (US), along with technology introduction in Shanghai.

The Shanghai plant is equipped with sophisticated production facilities, including a high-quality control laboratory and warehousing capacity.

BASF says PVP can be used in a broad range of applications because it is easily soluble in water and solvents.

It also has excellent adhesive properties, enhances solubility of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and is non-irritating to the skin.

In addition, it is temperature-resistant, pH-stable, non-ionic and colourless.

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