BASF started up its Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane plant in Wyandotte, MI. The plant, with its 15 million lbs./yr. capacity, is part of BASF's strategic plan to put TPU production units in the major markets its serves worldwide. In 1990, BASF completed a major expansion of its Elastollan plant at Lemfoerde, Germany, and through its joint venture, Takeda Badische, brought on stream a complementary plant at Yokkaichi, Japan. The Wyandotte plant uses the same manufacturing technology used in the plants in Germany and Japan. The Wyandotte Elastollan plant makes both polyester- and polyether-based TPU resins for injection molding, blow molding and extrusion. BASF furnishes its own raw materials from its own facilities for production of Elastollan TPU.