BASF's Big Building Plans
BASF said it is investing approximately $115 million in the first step to build a mobile emissions catalysts production facility in Sroda Slaska, a special economic zone near Wroclaw, Poland. Construction of the new 430,000 sq. ft. facility – BASF’s largest in Europe – will begin before the end of 2012 and the plant is scheduled to commence production in the first quarter of 2014.
Additional expansion will follow, raising the total investment volume for the project to approximately $192 million. Once all 10 planned light-duty and heavy-duty production lines are operating at full capacity by 2016, BASF said it expects to employ more than 400 people at the new site.
"The planned implementation of Euro 6 light-duty and Euro 6 heavy-duty emissions regulations in Europe will drive an increased demand for advanced emissions control systems," said Rui Goerck, BASF senior vice president, Mobile Emissions Catalysts. "BASF is more than doubling its production capacity in Europe to keep pace with this demand and to continue to meet our customers’ needs."
Among the technologies that will be produced in Poland are selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems and advanced SCR on filter solutions, BASF said.
In parallel with the new production plant, BASF is also currently modernizing and expanding its emissions catalyst production operation in Nienburg, Germany. "The new plant in Poland will provide geographic diversity for our manufacturing operations and a strong complement to our existing production hub in Nienburg," said Xavier Susterac, vice president, Mobile Emissions Catalysts Europe. "The combination of the two facilities in Europe will allow us to effectively manage our growth, optimize our production model, and meet the needs of the market in the most efficient way possible."