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Baumit to Build New Plant
June 17, 2009 By A.R.    
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The Baumit company of Austria is preparing to build a 16.5-million-euro factory to manufacture building materials in Pobiedziska near the western Polish city of Poznań.

The new plant is scheduled to come on stream next year and achieve a target capacity of 250,000 metric tons in 2011. Next year the facility is expected to produce 150,000 tons of building materials.

The new plant will be Baumit's fourth manufacturing site in Poland. The remaining three are located in the cities of Łowicz, Bełchatów and Piotrków Trybunalski in central Poland.

Baumit is a joint brand of two Austrian family groups operating in the construction sector, Schmid Industrie Holding and Wietersdorfer Gruppe. Since it was established in 1988, Baumit has focused on rapid expansion beyond the Austrian market. Today Baumit has sales offices, subsidiaries and manufacturing sites in 30 European countries as well as China.

In Poland, Baumit has been active for 15 years. In 1997, it started to produce gypsum under the Baumit brand in its plant in Piotrków Trybunalski. A year later, it expanded its product range to include gypsum plasters and wet products. In 2000, Baumit opened its plant in Bełchatów and in 2007 it followed up with a modern plant in Łowicz where 200,000 tons of building materials are made annually.

The company plans further projects in the coming years. "This year, we will not only begin building the new plant, but also plan to expand the existing sites," said Ryszard Szymański, chairman of Baumit's Polish subsidiary. In July, a 3.5-million-euro loading tower will be built in the Łowicz plant and the line for wet products will be expanded, according to Szymański.

"We are already looking for a site for another plant where we would like to make mainly products based on gypsum," Szymański said.
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