Augsburg, 16th November 2017 – Today, PCI Augsburg GmbH announced major investments at its German production sites in Hamm, Westphalia, and Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt. The total investment volume is in the substantial eight-figure range. Each site, by about mid-2018, will see the addition of additional logistic facilities.
Both investments follow the acquisition of Henkel’s professional Western European Building Material Business, operated under the brand name of Thomsit and the licensed brand of Ceresit. Since January 2017, manufacture of Thomsit and Ceresit products, managed by CerTho Produktions GmbH, has been located at the Unna production site, which PCI has leased from Henkel. After returning the site to Henkel – planned for late 2019 – production will continue at existing PCI sites.
PCI’s investment in the new facilities, starting in early 2018, is to accommodate those additional capacities and, at the same time, maintain a consistently high level of product quality.
As part of the investment, new jobs will be created – primarily at PCI’s Hamm site, located close to Unna – which will be offered to CerTho Produktions GmbH employees preferentially. "The investments focus on cutting-edge facilities to support demand-specific production times and a continued high-grade product quality, as well as the wish to respond even faster to customer requirements. And they also underpin our 24-hour delivery promise in
Germany and parts of Austria and Switzerland across our entire portfolio", comments Frank Rösiger, Technical Director, PCI Group.
"The decision to invest in the production and the logistic facilities of the Hamm and Wittenberg sites shows our commitment to be a strong and reliable partner for our customers that offers a clear and steady perspective", stresses Philipp Kley, Senior Vice President Construction Chemicals Europe at BASF, and adds: "The acquisition of this business and its integration into PCI reflect BASF's dedication to the continuous expansion of its Construction Chemicals business."
All planned investments are set to be implemented and completed by 2019.