BASF plans to build a mobile emissions catalysts production
facility in Środa Śląska, a Special Economic
Zone near Wrocław, Poland, the company said on
Construction of the new 40,000
square meter facility BASFs largest in Europe will begin before the
end of 2012, company officials said. 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," said Rui Goerck, senior vice president
for mobile emissions catalysts at BASF.
"BASF is more than doubling its production capacity in Europe to keep pace with this demand
and to continue to meet our customers needs."
Among the advanced technologies that will be produced in Poland
are selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems and
cutting-edge SCR on filter solutions, according to BASF
In addition, the plant will house a regional sample laboratory
and a production line for BASFs Premair-branded
ozone destruction catalysts for automotive applications.
Due to its central position in Europe and its positive
economic development, Poland is an attractive location for BASF
to invest," said Dr. Joachim Meyer, head of BASF's central
Europe business center.
"The new facility strengthens our position in the Polish market
as a supplier of innovative solutions, he added.
In parallel with the new plant, BASF said it is also
modernizing and expanding its emissions catalyst production
operation in Nienburg, Germany.
The new plant in Poland will provide geographic diversity
for our manufacturing operations and a strong complement to our
existing production hub in Nienburg," said Xavier
Susterac, vice president for the company's European mobile emissions catalysts business.
"The combination of the two facilities in Europe will allow us to effectively
manage our growth, optimize our production model, and meet the
needs of the market in the most efficient way possible."