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BASF inaugurates catalyst plant in Poland

21 July 2014

BASF has inaugurated its new production plant for mobile emission catalysts in Środa Śląska, a Special Economic Zone near Wrocław, Poland.

Construction of the new 40,000 m2 manufacturing facility—BASF’s largest emission catalysts plant in Europe—began in late 2012, supported by an initial €90 million investment.

The plant began production trials in April 2014, and last month started up two emission catalysts manufacturing lines, with an initial employee base of 100.

With the planned additional expansions, the total investment for the plant will raise to €150 million. Once all ten planned light- and heavy-duty catalyst production lines are operating at full capacity by 2016, BASF expects to employ more than 400 people at the Środa Śląska site.

The emission catalysts produced at the plant will be used for light-duty gasoline vehicles and light- and heavy-duty diesel vehicles to meet Euro 6/VI emission regulations.

Among the technologies that will be produced at the Środa Śląska facility are selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, SCR on filter (SCRoF) solutions as well as PremAir® ozone destruction catalysts for automotive radiators.

Source: BASF