LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany (April 12, 2010)—BASF S.E. plans to cut capacities for pigments following its acquisition of Ciba, a move that will cost 400 jobs.
The firm said the reduction mostly will occur with azo pigments and phthalocyanines, which find some use in rubber and polyurethanes. BASF said the measures will begin this year and be completed by 2013.
The company operates 22 sites that produce pigments worldwide. BASF will close pigment production at six locations in North and South America and Europe, while expanding existing capacity or making better use of production at six other sites in Asia and Europe, said Markus Kramer, president of BASF's Dispersions & Pigments division.
Overall, BASF plans to eliminate about 80 jobs at facilities in Louisville, Ky., and Elyria, Ohio.