On 14th of March in Środa Śląska cornerstone was officially laid for the construction of Europe's largest factory of BASF catalysts.

In the first stage of the construction of the automobile catalytic converters plant in Środa Śląska in the Special Economic Zone near Wrocław BASF will invest about EUR 90 million. Production at the new plant will begin in the first quarter of 2014.

Factory with a total area of 40,000 sqm will be the largest BASF factory in Europe. The total investment amounts approximately EUR 150 million. In the factory, which ultimately will employ 400 people, will be 10 production lines to reach full capacity by 2016.

The new plant in Środa Śląska will produce modern systems to reduce vehicle exhaust such as SCR catalysts (Selective Catalytic Reduction, SCR) and particulate filters for diesel cars. In addition, at the premises will be located a research laboratory and manufacturing of automotive catalytic destruction of ozone of Premair ® brand.
BASF project was conducted by the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.