LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany (Sept. 21, 2011)—BASF Corp. plans to open a second Russian polyurethane systems operation in spring 2012 at a site near St Petersburg, to strengthen its worldwide network of PU system houses.
Although it did not reveal the capacity of the site, the group said it is already considering an expansion there.
As with its existing Russian systems house in Nishnekamsk, set up in 2000, this site will be a joint venture with Russian company OAO Nishnekamskneftechim (NKNC). BASF did not reveal its investment in the operation.
BASF said its arrangement with NKNC means that it can draw on local polyol production in Russia, and be a reliable partner for its customers.
The applications technology centre near St. Petersburg will provide technical services and sales know-how for polyurethane systems, to serve customers from a wide range of businesses, BASF said. A focus for this operation is on the automotive and construction industries as well as on CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers) uses. The building will house a technology centre and office space alongside storage areas and a test laboratory.