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BASF put a new plant into operation at the site in Ludwigshafen

October 25/2011

(BASF) -- BASF has put a new plant into operation at the site in Ludwigshafen to manufacture the novel active ingredient Xemium, used for the control of fungal infections. With the plant, BASF is reacting to the worldwide increase in demand for crop protection products. The manufacturing process involved, for which a patent is pending, particularly focuses on resource conservation and will thus make a positive contribution to the environment. The new production plant means that 23 new full-time jobs will be created in Ludwigshafen.

With this investment in the high double-digit million euros, we want to endorse our growth strategy in the field of crop protection­. At the same time, we have also committed ourselves to a decision to further expand the production capacity for active ingredients at the integrated site in Ludwigshafen, explaines Markus Heldt, Head of the Crop Protection Division.

The production plant has been designed such that other active ingredients besides Xemium can also be produced. The flexible plant design means that we are able to react better to fluctuating demand in different growing regions, said Harald Rang, Senior Vice President Operations Crop Protection.

The new active ingredient Xemium was developed by BASF to control fungal infections and excels by its high efficacy and outstanding distribution in plants. The fungicide, which belongs to the group of carboxamides, makes it possible to increase crop yields and at the same time to achieve an improvement in quality. In broad-based trials, together with independent research institutes of agricultural organisations, Xemium proved convincing in its ability to control diseases in all important arable crops, such as, grain, soybeans and maize. The new active ingredient has also displayed a strong protective effect in use with fruit and vegetable crops.

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