BASF SE inaugurated a new global R&D Center at its Thane site in Navi Mumbai, India. With an initial investment of €2 million, this new facility focuses on organic synthesis, advanced process and formulation research, discovery chemistry for modern agricultural solutions, and molecular modelling. It will accommodate more than 60 scientists in the first phase.
According to Dr. Harald Lauke, President of BASF’s Biological & Effect Systems Research, the company plans to conduct 50 % of their research activities by 2020 outside of Europe – one quarter in Asia Pacific. “We are also currently evaluating further investment options into R&D in Asia Pacific, including India.”
In 2013, BASF continued the worldwide expansion of its R&D centers, especially in Asia and North America. The company has an investment of €1.8 billion in R&D, a highly talented workforce of approximately 10,650 employees worldwide, a research pipeline of 3,000 projects globally, and it filed around 1,300 new patents worldwide in 2013.
In India, BASF maintains a strong R&D presence through its sites in Mangalore and Mumbai.
- BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany