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Polish Jubilee of a Global Player
October 27, 2017   
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2017 is a special year for BASF. The company is celebrating 25 years on the Polish market. It all began in 1992 with the formal incorporation of BASF Polska. By following its business strategy tailored to match the needs of the Polish market and supplying innovative solutions to almost all branches of the Polish industry, in 2010 the company's turnover exceeded € 500 million.

It continued to expand its presence in Poland and in 2013 it purchased part of TDI Ciech's operations. In 2014 the company saw growth of its production facilities through the establishment of the biggest European BASF catalytic converter production facility in Środa Ślàska near Wrocław. Towards the end of 2016, the purchase of Chemtall (a leading chemical surface treatment provider) meant that BASF once again expanded its reach. During the last three years, the BASF Polska team doubled in size. Today, the company employs nearly 800 staff and in 2016 it generated sales worth 778 million euros.

By pursuing the company education strategy, BASF Polska is also intent on contributing to the community. Between 2010 and 2016 it established a network of chemical laboratories and workshops for children and youth, which include facilities at Warsaw's Copernicus Science Centre and the Humanitarium at Wrocław Research Centre EIT+. The aim of these efforts is to promote chemistry as a science. Today, nearly forty thousand young people take part in classes at the laboratories every year, looking for a practical approach to chemical mysteries.

"BASF Polska history has one of the most impressive histories of BASF growth in Europe. Together with the almost 800 strong staff, we are proud to be able to develop the most innovative BASF solutions on the Polish market", said Harald Pflanzl, Head of Sub-Region Central Europe, BASF.

"Over the last 25 years, BASF Polska expanded its innovative product portfolio tailored to the Polish market as well as business cooperation models through which it became a partner in almost every branch of the Polish industry. Today, BASF Polska is a team of committed employees, proud of their achievements to date. This would not have been possible without our customers and business partners. The 25-year jubilee presents an opportunity to thank them for their trust. We draw strength and motivation for the future from our successes. We want to look to the future together and search for solutions to social, environmental and economic challenges," said Andreas Gietl, Managing Director at BASF Polska.

Bartosz Grzybiński
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