Demand Prompts Elastogran to Open Polish PU Plant

18 Sep 2009 • by Natalie Aster

European polyurethanes producer Elastogran is to establish a new PU systems house in Srem, near Poznan in Poland as part of its plan to meet growing demand in Central and Eastern Europe.

Elastogran, an offshoot of plastics giant BASF, is constructing the €4.1m Polish plant on a 2.2 hectare site in the Walbrzych Special Economic Zone. The facility, which is due to create around 40 jobs, is expected to be commissioned in 2010.

The new Polish plant is the latest operation in a series of PU systems houses being set up in the region by Elastogran. The Lemforde, Germany-based company already has existing units in Solymar in Hungary and Nizhnekamsk, Russia, and Elastogran is launching production and PU system development at a third plant near the Slovakia capital Bratislava this year.

BASF is market leader for PU systems solutions in Slovakia and Poland. Last year, demand in Slovakia was growing at an annual rate of more than 7%, driven largely by the automotive components industry. In Poland, the market is set to grow at a rate of up to 7% per year in the next few years based on demand in the construction, cooling appliances and automotive sectors, according to BASF.

"Such commitment sustainably strengthens our leadership position in the attractive markets of Central and Eastern Europe," said Dr Uwe Hartwig, group vice-president of BASF polyurethanes Europe commenting on Elastogran plans last year. "We will continue to expand our System House network systematically in the years to come."

Source: Plastics & Rubber Weekly

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