Melbourne, Australia -- BASF has opened a new polyurethane system house in Altona, Melbourne, to respond faster to its customers' needs in Australia and New Zealand and provide the necessary flexibility to react to changes in the market.
According to BASF, the new facility, which will focus on industrial, automotive, furniture and mining applications has the latest in engineering design for polyol blending and a technical and quality control laboratory. The company will be able to give on-site PU technical advice and review its customers' needs on a more regular basis.
Robert Zapp, chairman and managing director of BASF Australia Ltd., said in a 30 Jan statement that the investment underlines BASF's "commitment to local manufacturing."
"Construction, automotive and mining markets have all grown significantly in the last few years in Australia and New Zealand. As a result, there is a huge demand for polyurethanes," said Jacques Delmoitiez, president of BASF's Polyurethanes division, in the statement.
Delmoitiez added that BASF hopes that the new systems house will make it possible for the company to help customers by "adding value to their business with innovative solutions." (ss)