BASF build largest European emissions catalysts plant in Poland

BASF to build largest European emissions catalysts plant in Poland

11:29 AM, 6th November 2012
BASF to build largest European emissions catalysts plant in Poland
Rui Goerck, Senior Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts, BASF.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF is investing approximately €90 million to build a mobile emissions catalysts production facility in Sroda Slaska (Special Economic Zone) near Wroclaw, Poland. The new 40,000 square metre facility - BASF’s largest in Europe - will begin construction before the end of 2012.

The plant will start production in the first quarter of 2014. Additional expansion will follow, raising the total investment volume for the project to approximately €150 million. Once all 10 planned light duty and heavy duty production lines are operating at full capacity by 2016, BASF expects to employ more than 400 people at the new site.

“The planned implementation of Euro 6 light duty and Euro VI heavy duty emissions regulations in Europe will drive an increased demand for advanced emissions control systems. BASF is more than doubling its production capacity in Europe to keep pace with this demand,” said Rui Goerck, Senior Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts, BASF.

Additionally, the plant will house a regional sample laboratory and a production line for BASF’s Premair-branded ozone destruction catalysts for automotive applications. “Due to its central position in Europe and positive economic development, Poland is an attractive location for BASF. The new facility strengthens our position in the Polish market,” said Dr Joachim Meyer, Head, Business Centre Europe Central, BASF.

In parallel with the new production plant, BASF is also modernizing and expanding its emissions catalyst production operation in Nienburg, Germany. BASF feels that the combination of the two facilities in Europe will allow it to effectively manage growth, optimize production model and efficiently meet the market needs.

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