Baerlocher strengthens its Asian presence further with significant expansion in India

Mumbai (India) / Munich (Germany) – 05 February 2019 Baerlocher, one of the leading global manufacturers of additives for the plastics industry is investing US$30 million in its Indian subsidiary, doubling its existing capacity by 2021 with phase one due for completion in mid-2019.
Already India’s largest PVC stabiliser producer, this investment demonstrates the company’s commitment to the buoyant Indian plastics industry, supporting its growth and providing choice for convertors to enable their transition towards sustainable Calcium based stabiliser systems for all PVC applications.
Metal stearates production will be further expanded as well as warehousing facilities and a state of the art research and development laboratory will be established.

Baerlocher’s plant in Dewas, near Indore in Madhya Pradesh, was purchased in 1999 from National Peroxide — a milestone that marked the beginning of the Baerlocher Group of Companies presence in India.

Twenty years later, the company has the most diverse product range for all PVC as well as CPVC applications, producing various intermediates, Lead based and Calcium based solid one pack PVC stabilisers, as well as a wide range of Liquid stabilisers.

Already phase one of the expansion including a new warehouse and an immediate increase to its Lead and Calcium based stabiliser production capacity is in the final phase of construction and will be commissioned by mid-2019. A recent acquisition of 25 acres of adjacent land to the current facility will provide the footprint for the next phase of expansion which will accommodate a world class manufacturing facility dedicated to producing only Calcium based stabilisers and metal stearates.

Increasing demand and environmental pressure
“With the demand for PVC in India growing annually by 7-8%, driven by growth in agricultural and infrastructure sectors, this investment shows our commitment to our customers and supports the country’s ‘Make in India’ programme, said Jayen Modi, Managing Director of Baerlocher India.

Arne Schulle, CEO of the Baerlocher Group of Companies commented, “The pressure upon the plastics industry to find environmentally sustainable solutions extends to all corners of the globe” adding “Baerlocher is at the forefront with established value-oriented solutions and is committed to extend the same support to our customers in India”.

Baerlocher supports the transition to sustainable stabilisers with new product forms
“The PVC industry globally is under varying stages of transition to more sustainable additive solutions and we are positioned locally in all regions to support these goals” added Andy Jones Global Head of the Strategic business unit - PVC Additives “Our entire global network of manufacturing excellence and solution providing capability in supporting this technology change is at Baerlocher India’s disposal”.

Jayen Modi added “With our new capacity in 2019, we will remain as a reliable supplier of non-dusting Lead stabilisers and Liquid mixed metal stabilisers with room to grow further in these sectors, however, a range of exciting new product forms for Calcium based systems will be available to our customers for the first time in mid-2019”.

Metal Stearate production to be expanded
Baerlocher will add new production lines for metal stearates coming onstream in 2021 to serve captive demand for PVC stabilisers and to support sales of metal soaps to other industries. Baerlocher India is one of the leading suppliers of stabilisers and additives for the plastics industry in Asia. In the PVC sector, the focus is on manufacturers of pipes, cables and window profiles. Customers for metal soaps include the polymer upstream, downstream, master batch and compounding as well as many specialty applications such as paints, construction, personal care and pharmaceuticals.

About Baerlocher:
The Baerlocher Group is a leading manufacturer of additives for the plastics industry. Its portfolio includes a broad range of stabilizers and other additives suitable for all polymer applications.

Baerlocher has a strong focus on customer and employee needs and is highly committed to innovation and sustainability. Its pioneering and proactive role is underlined by the support provided to the PVC industry during the transition from lead- to calcium-based stabilizers and by its innovative lubricant systems for wood plastic composites.

Baerlocher embraces the principles of responsible care. It operates an ISO 9001-certified quality management system and an environmental management system compliant with ISO 14001. Baerlocher plays a positive role in both the business community and society as a whole. This includes work within industry associations, and the provision of training opportunities in a variety of disciplines.

The Baerlocher Group has production plants around the globe and operates a sales network serving all major countries.

BAEROPAN, BAEROSTAB, BAEROPOL, BAEROLUB, BAEROCIN and BAEROCID are registered trademarks of Baerlocher. For more information, please visit www.baerlocher.com.  

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