LIVONIA, Mich.—BASF Corp. has moved its offshore subsea insulation polyurethane systems manufacturing operation from Livonia to its Houston facility to be closer to customers and trim delivery time.
The relocation of the chemicals operation brings BASF near its subsea customers on the Gulf Coast. That will improve its already strong technical ser- vice and customer responsiveness, the company said.
No personnel or equipment moves were required, a spokeswoman said, because “BASF was able to transfer the technology to staff already located in the Gulf Coast region.” She said the company made a capital investment at the Houston site and upgraded the facility.
Financial details and the size of the subsea insulation business were not disclosed. The majority of BASF's customers that service the subsea industry are within a four-hour drive of Houston, she said. Manufacturing of polyure¼thane systems for subsea insulation has been located at the firm's Livonia site since 2004.
“Making a capital investment in the Gulf Coast customer base is a critical step toward implementing our strategy of sustainable customer success,” according to Jim Lausch, manufacturing director for polyurethane solutions.
Florham Park, N.J.-headquartered BASF supplies specifically formulated urethane resin and isocyanate components needed to make thermal insulation for flow assurance, the spokeswoman said.
The urethane systems' products—Elastoshore, Elastopor and Elasturan—are used in a variety of mercury-free solutions supplied to the offshore industry, including subsea thermal insulation, structural elastomers, pipe pigs and rigid foam.