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BASF to form JV to produce non-ionic surfactants in S. Korea

BASF to form JV to produce non-ionic surfactants in S. Korea
From left to right: Rajan Venkatesh, Senior Vice President, BASF Care Chemicals Asia Pacific; Kim, Eung Sang, CEO of Hannong Chemicals; Ralph Schweens, President, BASF Care Chemicals; David Im, Representative Director, BASF Korea. Photo courtesy of BASF

BASF and Hannong Chemicals, based in Gunsan, South Korea, plan to establish a  joint venture to produce non-ionic surfactants at the  Daesan Industrial Complex  in South Korea. 

BASF will own a 51% stake in the new company, BASF Hannong Chemicals Solutions Ltd., while Hannong Chemicals will own 49%. The target date to establish the joint venture is in the first quarter of 2023, pending regulatory approvals.

The joint venture will combine BASFโ€™s strong technology and product innovation  capabilities with Hannongโ€™s highly efficient production capabilities to supply best-in class non-ionic surfactant products to BASF and Hannong Chemicals. 

Non-ionic surfactants are used in a wide range of industry segments, including home  care, personal care, industrial and institutional cleaning applications as well as various  industrial formulations segments. They are employed in formulations for laundry  detergents, surface cleaners and dishwasher detergents, as well as for leather and textile treatment, metal surface cleaning, and others. 

โ€œBASF is delighted to partner with Hannong Chemicals. With this proposed joint  venture, BASF continues to establish the capability to further serve the Asian market,  by offering specialty non-ionic surfactants and a reliable supply experience to our  customers,โ€ said Ralph Schweens, president, Care Chemicals, BASF.  

โ€œIt is an honor to work with  BASF, a leading solution provider to the consumer industries. We look forward to  cooperating with BASF to strengthen the new joint venture. Together, BASF and  Hannong Chemicals will further enhance the joint ventureโ€™s position in the non-ionic  surfactants market and provide top-tier products to customers in Asia,โ€ said Kim, Eung Sang, CEO of Hannong Chemicals.