BASF outlines plans for $50m Mumbai R&D campus

BASF's new campus in India

BASF has confirmed the innovation campus it is setting up in India will employ 300 people and cater for multiple markets across Asia and elsewhere.

The German chemicals firm inaugurated the €50m ($59m) campus in Navi Mumbai, India in March, explaining that the site will be an R&D hub serving customers in multiple industries.

Last week the firm announced it had set up a pharmaceutical technical laboratory at the campus at which it will provide formulation development, active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) solubilisation and taste masking services.

A spokesman for the firm told us “While the lab will mainly serve our customers and markets in South Asia, it is also well equipped to cater to the needs of our customers, regionally and globally.

He added that: “By leveraging our expertise in delivery systems and related technologies, the solutions from this lab will aim to deliver value added functional solutions to our customers‘ formulation challenges.”

He declined to discuss capacity, instead explaining that “the number of projects the lab will undertake every year will depend on the needs of our customers.”

The wider campus will house a number of dedicated R&D labs.

The spokesman told us “The innovation Campus, Asia Pacific, which this new pharma lab is housed in among other labs, will host up to 300 scientists by 2020.”

The pharmaceutical technical lab is one of five such facilities BASF has set up, the others being at sites in Germany, North America, South America, and Shanghai, China.

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