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Catalysts Production BASF Building its Largest European Production Plant for Catalysts

| Editor: Wolfgang Ernhofer

German chemical company BASF invests in a new production plant for emissions catalysts in Poland. Production in Nienburg, Germany, will also be expanded.

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German chemical company BASF building its largest European production plant for emissions catalysts in Poland.Three-way-catalyst durability is tested using long term stress testing. It is possible to simulate 120,000 mile catalyst activity in 50-100 hours using temperatures in excess of 1000 °C.
German chemical company BASF building its largest European production plant for emissions catalysts in Poland.Three-way-catalyst durability is tested using long term stress testing. It is possible to simulate 120,000 mile catalyst activity in 50-100 hours using temperatures in excess of 1000 °C.
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Ludwigshafen/Germany – BASF is investing approximately €90 million in the first step to build a mobile emissions catalysts production facility in Środa Śląska, a Special Economic Zone near Wrocław, Poland. Construction of the new 40,000 square meter facility – BASF’s largest in Europe – will begin before the end of 2012. The plant will start production in the first quarter of 2014.

Additional expansion will follow, raising the total investment volume for the project to approximately €150 million. Once all 10 planned light duty and heavy duty production lines are operating at full capacity by 2016, BASF expects to employ more than 400 people at the new site.

Heavy Duty Emissions Regulations in Europe

“The planned implementation of Euro 6 light duty and Euro VI heavy duty emissions regulations in Europe will drive an increased demand for advanced emissions control systems. BASF is more than doubling its production capacity in Europe to keep pace with this demand and to continue to meet our customers’ needs,” said Rui Goerck, Senior Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts at BASF.

The German company currently invests heavily in new technologies and materials: Aparat from boostoing its catalysts business, BASF also expands its production capacity for battery materials.

Among the advanced technologies that will be produced in Poland are Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems and cutting-edge SCR on Filter solutions. In addition, the plant will house a regional sample laboratory and a production line for BASF’s Premair®-branded ozone destruction catalysts for automotive applications.

Modernisation and Expansion of the Production Site in Nienburg

“Due to its central position in Europe and its positive economic development, Poland is an attractive location for BASF to invest. The new facility strengthens our position in the Polish market as a supplier of innovative solutions,” said Dr. Joachim Meyer, Head of BASF Business Center Europe Central.

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. 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,” explained Xavier Susterac, Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts Europe.

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