BASF unveils Russian polyurethane technology centre


BASF has officially launched its first Russian polyurethane systems applications technology centre in Vsevolozhsk, St. Petersburg.

"The technology centre will also provide the company's customers and partners with training programmes and practical seminars."

The technology centre will be part of the BASF joint venture between Elastokam with the Russian company OAO Nishnekamskneftechim and will have a modern technology centre, test laboratory, office space and storage areas all housed in a 2000 square metre area.

The centre will offer comprehensive technical services and sales knowledge for modern polyurethane systems to quickly and competently serve customers all over Russia and other CIS countries, with the help of installed equipment to test PU materials for a wide range of applications.

The technology centre will also provide the company's customers and partners with training programmes and practical seminars.

BASF polyurethanes president Raimar Jahn said: "This investment is part of the systematic implementation of our successful worldwide strategy of having sites that are close to the customer which will strengthen our leadership position in the polyurethanes market."

BASF polyurethanes Europe senior vice president Dr. Uwe Hartwig said the company has created a perfect basis for customer success in a strongly growing market for polyurethane applications.

"We can enable our partners to draw on the expertise, solution-finding competence and global presence of BASF in many important industries," Hartwig added.

During 12 years in the Russian PU market, Elastokam has developed a number of PU systems and products such as Elastopor and Elastocool.