Ludwigshafen, Germany -- BASF opened its new polyurethane system house in Poland 7 Oct, at a recently completed BASF site in Srem, near Poznan.
Poland's Marshal of Wielkopolska Voivodship, Marek Wozniak, pointed out in his welcome address that the commitment of the world's largest chemical company BASF in Poland constituted "a clear sign of the country's and regional economic attractiveness."
The system house will develop and make innovative PU systems for a wide range of industries. "Our investment in Srem emphasises the significance of this region for BASF. It shows our customers that we are prepared to accompany their growth in all regions of the world and that we want to be their preferred partner," said Wayne Smith, president BASF Polyurethanes, in a BASF announcement.
Smith went on to claim that BASF's global network of 38 system Houses plus production sites for the main precursors "have made us the only polyurethane manufacturer who can reliably provide its customers around the globe with locally manufactured products."
And BASF said it is already the market-leader in polyurethane systems in Poland. The group expects growth in the county to come mainly from the construction, cooling appliance and automotive industries.
The new site, on about two hectares of land, is also important for BASF's service-oriented system house concept, commented Dr Uwe Hartwig, senior vice president BASF Polyurethanes Europe, in the company announcement. "Like all our system houses Srem will not only have local sales and production units, it will also provide its customers quickly and competently with comprehensive technical services."
At the opening ceremony Adam Lewandowski, mayor of Srem, said, "We are very pleased that such a globally operating company as BASF has invested in this area, and I am certain that the municipality and the company will continue their positive dialogue, which has played a major role right from the beginning of the investment."