Lemfoerde, Germany - BASF's polyurethanes unit Elastogran is constructing a Euro 4.1m Polish plant on a 2.2 hectare site in the Walbrzych Special Economic Zone in Srem, near Poznan. The facility, which is due to create around 40 jobs, is expected to be commissioned in 2010.
The PU systems house, announced last year, along with plans for a unit in Bratislava, Slovakia, is part of Elastogran's plans to meet growing demand in Central and Eastern Europe.
Elastogran, based at Lemförde, Germany, already has systems units in the region in Solymár, Hungary and in Nizhnekamsk, Russia.
BASF is market leader for PU systems solutions in Slovakia and Poland. Last year, demand in Slovakia was growing at an annual rate of more than 7 percent, driven largely by the automotive components industry. In Poland, the market is set to grow at a rate of up to 7 percent per year in the next few years based on demand in the construction, cooling appliances and automotive sectors, according to BASF.
"Such a commitment sustainably strengthens our leadership position in the attractive markets of Central and Eastern Europe," said Dr Uwe Hartwig, group vice-president of BASF polyurethanes Europe commenting on Elastogran plans last year. "We will continue to expand our System House network systematically in the years to come."