WYANDOTTE, Mich.—BASF recently invested in its global footwear presence, opening new footwear development centers in the U.S. and Thailand.
It also plans to begin operations at a new Footwear Innovation Center in Taiwan in 2020, and expanded the Footwear Development Center in Italy.
The new footwear development center in the U.S. is located in Wyandotte, where the North American business is located. It was commissioned in April.
"It was already a global R&D center for other parts of BASF so it made sense to also include footwear capabilities," said Pete Zorney, BASF business director consumer for North America.
The goal for both footwear development centers is to engage with customers and help them innovate more quickly in footwear.
BASF added two new positions at the footwear development center in Wyandotte. It currently has more than 2,200 employees in Michigan and more than 20,000 in North America, including Central America and the Caribbean.
The company installed two state-of-the-art pieces of machinery in Wyandotte: a Desma low pressure injection machine and a Gusbi low pressure pour machine.