BASF emissions control catalyst plant in Russia successfully completes first year of operation
* Lead scientist highlights plant start-up and the latest clean air technologies at Moscow’s leading automotive industry event
Ludwigshafen , Germany/Moscow, Russia – BASF Catalysts today marked the first anniversary of its mobile emissions catalyst facility in Krasnogorsk (30 km from central Moscow) during the Russian Automotive Industry Forum. The plant is part of BASF’s global strategy to serve the world’s established and emerging markets for advancedemission control technologies.
At the industry forum in Moscow, Dr. Mikhail Rodkin, Director, Environmental Catalysis Research at BASF Catalysts, reviewed theKrasnogorsk plant’s first year of operation and discussed the latesttechnologies being developed to help automakers meet Russia’sstricter emissions regulations and improve overall air quality.
“We continue to see Russia as an important part of our global growth strategy for emission control technologies, where BASF is already a technology and market leader,” said Rodkin.
As with BASF’s other mobile emissions catalysts sites aroundthe world, the Krasnogorsk site features state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities as well as a sophisticated qualitycontrol lab to serve automotive manufacturers. The site isclosely linked with BASF Catalysts long-standing precious metal trading operations located in Moscow.
Russia is implementing European Union emission standards in a phased approach over the next several years that will dramaticallyreduce automotive, truck and bus pollution. In his presentation, Dr. Rodkin discussed advanced emission control technologies that will enable automakers in Russia to cost-effectively meet these newstandards.
BASF Catalysts is a global division of BASF SE, based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which has a strong presence in the Russian automotive market. BASF’s automotive technology offerings help car makers improve their environmental performance, energy efficiency, safety and the aesthetics of their vehicles.
Along with mobile emissions control catalysts, BASF offers automotive coatings, including films that provide a metallic look to polymer materials; emerging technology that can reduce the surface temperature of car seats; insulation that features high temperature resistance, high fire protection and extremely low weight; and plastic materials that offer higher crash resistance.
Dr. Rodkin spoke at the 13th Annual Russian Automotive Industry Forum, which was attended by hundreds of automotive industry leaders, government officials and others who are active or interested in the Russian automotive market.
BASF’s Catalysts division makes significant investments in research and development, applications engineering and manufacturing to deliver cost-effective regulatory compliance solutions for light-duty gasoline and diesel engines, heavy-duty diesel engines, motorcycles, small engines and more. These emission control technologies enable clean air for a healthier and more sustainable future.
About the Catalysts division
BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products. By leveraging our industry-leading R&D platforms, passion for innovation and deep knowledge of precious and base metals, BASF Catalysts develops unique, proprietary catalyst and adsorbent solutions that drive customer success.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €50 billion in 2009 and had approximately 105,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com .
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