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BASF Turns 150
To mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the German chemical corporation BASF, its Polish subsidiary, BASF Polska, organized a special get-together for its employees and partners at Wroc³aw Research Centre ETI+ in the southwestern Polish city of Wroc³aw Nov. 19. During the event the company’s achievements were summed up, innovative solutions were presented, and the company’s corporate social responsibility agenda in Poland’s Lower Silesia region, of which Wroc³aw is the main city, was discussed.

The central theme of the company’s anniversary celebrations in Poland is smart energy. Throughout the year, the company is promoting this issue during business conferences and events for market players in the chemicals sector. Through its involvement in this area it says it wants to show how to better use and conserve energy in industry and everyday life.

During an exhibition of BASF’s innovations, new solutions for the automotive and construction sectors and those related to environmental protection were showcased. Last year alone, the company spent almost 2 billion euros on research and development. Examples of BASF innovations include ultra-light components from Ultramid polyamides used in the automotive industry and Neopor polystyrene insulation for the building sector. Also showcased were the first biodegradable plastics—called Ecovio—produced from renewable raw materials.

BASF Polska has for years supported the education of children and young people by developing chemical laboratories. A new Wroc³aw Research Centre ETI+ laboratory called Humanitarium is where students conduct chemical experiments under the supervision of experienced educators, using state-of-the-art equipment.

The Lower Silesia region was chosen for good reason as the venue for the anniversary celebrations. ¦roda ¦l±ska near Wroc³aw is where BASF has been operating Europe’s largest plant producing automotive catalytic converters for a year now—with output exceeding 1 million units in July.

Bartosz Grzybiński