ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - BASF is strengthening its network of PU System Houses with a second polyurethane systems site in Russia. The applications technology center near St. Petersburg, Russia, will start operations in the spring of 2012. The center will provide polyurethane customers with comprehensive local sales and technology services. Like the system house in Nishnekamsk, Russia, which went into operation in 2000, this site will also be a part of the joint venture with the Russian company OAO Nishnekamskneftechim (NKNC). The partnership allows BASF to draw on local polyol production in Russia.

The applications technology center near St. Petersburg will provide comprehensive technical services and sales know-how for modern polyurethane systems. It will quickly and competently serve customers from a wide range of businesses. The focus is on the automotive and construction industries as well as on CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers). The building will house a modern technology center and office space alongside storage areas and a test laboratory.

BASF has 38 system houses worldwide. The company recently opened PU System Houses in Poland and Dubai and has started the construction of two additional sites in Tianjin and Chongqing (China).