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BASF to Build Catalytic Converter Plant
November 29, 2012   
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German chemical group BASF will invest around 90 million euros in the first stage of a project to build a catalytic converter plant in the southwestern city of Środa Śląska in the Special Economic Zone near Wrocław, the capital of Lower Silesia province.

With a total area of 40,000 sq m, this will be BASF’s largest plant producing catalytic converters for cars in Europe. Construction will begin before the end of the year while the first converters will be manufactured in the first quarter of 2014. BASF will spend 150 million euros on the project by 2016, when all 10 planned production lines have been launched. The factory will employ 400 people. “I am glad we are able to offer very attractive jobs to many Polish workers and bring a very innovative production process here,” said Dirk Elvermann, president of BASF’s Polish subsidiary, BASF Polska.

At the new plant, BASF will be producing modern exhaust reduction systems for vehicles, including selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems and particulate filters for vehicles with diesel engines. Additionally, BASF will build a research laboratory on the site and launch the production of PremAir ozone reduction catalysts.

“Poland is an attractive investment location for BASF mainly because of its central location in Europe and strong economic performance,” said Joachim Meyer of BASF. “The project will help us strengthen our position on the Polish market as a supplier of innovative solutions.”

BASF’s subsidiary in Poland was set up in 1992. It now has around 280 employees and in 2011 its sales reached 685 million euros. On the Polish market, BASF sells a wide range of chemicals, plastics, and paints. It has three production sites in Poland: two in the town of Śrem near the city of Poznań in midwestern Poland, where it produces polyurethane systems and construction chemicals, and one in the town of Myślenice near Cracow in southern Poland, where it produces admixtures for concrete.
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