BASF has inaugurated its new production plant for mobile
emissions catalysts in Sroda Slaska, a Special Economic Zone
near Wroclaw, Poland, the company said on Friday.
The grand opening event was attended by a number of national
and local government officials, including Polish Vice
Minister of Labor and Social Policy
Jacek Mecina, as well as
BASF board member Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel.
of the new 40,000
square meter manufacturing facility -- BASFs largest emissions
catalysts plant in Europe
--began in late 2012,
supported by an initial 90 million investment. The
plant began production trials in April 2014, and last month
started up two emissions
lines, with an initial employee base of 100.
s will follow, raising
the total investment for the plant to approximately 150
million. Once all 10 planned light duty and heavy duty
catalysts production lines are operating at full capacity by
2016, BASF expects to employ more than 400 people at the
Sroda Slaska site.
The emissions catalysts produced in Sroda Slaska will be used
by manufacturers of light-duty gasoline vehicles and light
and heavy duty diesel vehicles to meet more stringent Euro
6/VI emissions regulations.
The launch of this new production plant provides a
vital addition to our global manufacturing network for
innovative automotive emissions control technologies,
said Kenneth Lane, president of BASFs catalysts
business. Tightening emissions
regulations will be a
key growth driver for our business. Our investment in Sroda
Slaska will provide the capacity we need to meet increased
customer demand in the most efficient way possible.
Among the advanced technologies that will be produced at the
Sroda Slaska facility are Selective Catalytic
Reduction (SCR) systems, cutting-edge SCR on
Filter (SCRoF) solutions as well as
PremAir-branded ozone destruction catalysts for
Due to its attractive location and its positive
economic development, Poland is an attractive place for BASF
to invest, said Dr. Joachim Meyer, head of BASF's
business center. This
new facility strengthens our position as a supplier of
innovative solutions to the markets of Central Europe