BASF opens R&D centre in India
BASF has opened a global agrochemical R&D centre in Thane in western India. Set up with an initial investment of €2 million ($3 million), it will focus on organic synthesis, advanced process and formulation research, discovery chemistry for modern agricultural solutions, and molecular modelling. It will accommodate more than 60 scientists in the first phase. The company has also recently established an agronomic R&D field station in Pune. "We are also currently evaluating further investment options into R&D in Asia Pacific, including India," says the president of biological andeffect systems research Dr Harald Lauke.