With notable exceptions such as Basell and Lanxess, few global chemical companies have taken the bold step of investing in production facilities in CEE or Russia. So the news that BASF has opened a new Polyurethane System House in Poland (at Srem near Poznan) is encouraging for the region.
This is a relatively small investment, reported to be around E10m by polishmarket.com. Nevertheless for a global leader like BASF to expand beyond just sales offices is a significant step. The raw materials for the project are likely to be supplied from its verbund in Germany.
BASF’s new Polyurethane (PU) Solutions System House will develop and manufacture PU systems for a wide range of industries. “Our investment in Srem emphasizes 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”, Wayne T. Smith, President BASF Polyurethanes said. “This is a further step towards the continuous expansion of our leading position in the polyurethane market. Our global network of 38 System Houses together with our 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.”
he new Polyurethane System House which occupies approximately two hectares of land, will provide work for employees in Sales, Development, and Production. Additional support is available from BASF Polyurethanes’ global expertise and network.
In Srem a BASF Construction Chemical site was built together with the PU System House.