BASF will invest in a dispersions plant in Durban, South Africa. The new plant will produce acrylic dispersions mainly for the coatings and construction industry. The facility will benefit from local availability of raw materials and proximity to key customers who serve South Africa's and Sub Saharan Africa's fast-growing markets. Production is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2012. South Africa is the largest market for dispersions in Sub-Saharan Africa. This investment reflects BASF's focus on participating in the strong growth markets in emerging Africa.