BASF's facility in Sparta, Tennessee, completes automation project, improving packaging process and safety with robotics and digitalization tools; upgrade increases product distribution capacity for Performance Materials division

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June 22, 2023 (press release) –

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SPARTA, TN June 22, 2023 – BASF’s Sparta site has completed an automation project to upgrade the facility’s packaging process through robotics and digitalization tools. In addition to enhancing the packaging process, the project created a safer work environment by improving ergonomic challenges. BASF Sparta hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 16, to celebrate the achievement.

“We are celebrating the completion of this project due to the hard work of BASF’s Sparta team and their ability to collaborate with each other and other BASF colleagues from around the world,” said Andy Schmitt, Site Manager at BASF’s Sparta facility. “Planning for this project began five years ago and I appreciate everyone’s dedication seeing it through to fruition.”

BASF’s Sparta facility manufactures Nylon 6, Nylon 6/6 and Polyester colored specialty resins, which are engineered plastics used in automotive parts, consumer and industrial goods, power distribution and telecommunications, and more. The completion of this project enables the facility to package and distribute its products at a higher rate, which is important with the growth of the automotive industry in Tennessee and the surrounding states.

The utilization of robotics also positions the Sparta facility on the cutting edge of manufacturers in this sector; specifically, within BASF’s Performance Materials division where Sparta is the first location in North America to utilize this technology.

“Through our use of robotics and advanced digitalization tools, Sparta is well positioned for future growth and expansion,” said Schmitt. “We have enjoyed a positive relationship with the local community for years and this upgrade makes our facility more appealing to the workforce of the future and emphasizes our commitment to continuous improvement.”

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About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 16,000 employees in North America and had sales of $25.7 billion in 2022. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €87.3 billion in 2022. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the United States. Further information at

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