Ludwigshafen, Germany - Polyurethane specialties provider BASF is to further expand its global network by setting up two new systems houses in eastern Europe. One will built near Posnan, Poland and the other in Bratislava, Slovakia, by BASF subsidiary Elastogran, the company announced 7 July.
The new sites will have local production, sales and development units to "provide fast and competent service to customers," the company said in the statement. BASF will start the Bratislava plant in 2009 while the new system house in Posnan will be commissioned in 2010, the company said.
"These investments will assure our leading position in polyurethanes and show our customers that we are prepared to accompany their growth in all regions of the world that we want to be their preferred partner," said Jacques Delmoitiez, president BASF Polyurethanes.
He continued, "Our over 30 system houses and the production sites for the basic products MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), TDI (toluene diisocyanate) and polyols in all regions make us the only polyurethane manufacturer who can supply its customers worldwide from local production sites."
"Such a commitment sustainability strengthens our leadership position in the attractive markets of central and eastern Europe," said Uwe Hartwig, managing director of Elastogran.