Ludwigshafen, Germany - BASF marked the opening of its new polyurethane system house in Malacky, near Bratislava in Slovakia with an official opening ceremony on 3 Dec. The company has invested around Euro 8 million in the project, BASF spokesman Christof Jelich told Urethanes Technology International.
"Our new site enables us to offer customised PU system solutions to this attractive growth region," said BASF president Jacques Delmoitiez. "With this investment, which we have implemented despite the crisis, we want to emphasise the importance of this region to BASF," he commented.
The new site occupies around 2.2 hectares of land, a BASF statement said.
The site will employ 20 staff initially in sales, production and in the lab. "Like all our system houses Malacky will not only have local sales and production units, it will also provide its customers quickly and competently with comprehensive technical services," said Uwe Hartwig, vice president of BASF Polyurethanes Europe.
During the ceremony, which was attended by around 200 guests, BASF gave a special exhibition of selected PU products to give guests "an initial impression of the product portfolio as well as the diversity of applications of the special synthetic material polyurethane," as well as looking at aspects of environmental protection, recycling and occupational safety, the statement said. (RD)