17 October 2013

BASF subsidiary CropDesign opens new facility in Ghent, Belgium

Ludwigshafen, Germany and Ghent, Belgium - 17 October 2013 - BASF has opened a new facility in Ghent, Belgium. BASF’s subsidiary CropDesign has moved into a new wing of the Bio-Accelerator building in Technologiepark Ghent. The new facility in the recently constructed wing two of the Bio-Accelerator building includes four floors with labs and offices, one technical floor plus a rooftop greenhouse of 600 square meters for rice research and product development. Altogether the new facility comprises 4,000 square meters.

BASF benefits from the close proximity to excellent world renowned institutions like VIB – the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology,” said Peter Eckes, President of BASF Plant Science. “The move helps strengthen our research collaborations with local partners and demonstrates BASF’s commitment to modern agricultural solutions.”

Ghent is a birth place of plant biotechnology and provides some of its best innovations. We are glad that CropDesign is part of this important science hub,” said Daniël Termont, mayor of the City of Ghent. 

Since the acquisition by BASF in 2006, CropDesign has doubled its workforce and outgrown its facility. Now we have more space for interaction between scientists and for testing our new technologies,” said Wim van Camp, Managing Director of CropDesign 

Currently BASF Plant Science employs approximately 145 employees in the Ghent region working at two facilities located in the Technologiepark in Ghent’s borough Zwijnaarde and in Nevele. Earlier investments by BASF in the Ghent region were in 2008 the construction of a processing building of 730 square meters, and a new greenhouse in 2011 of 800 square meters to increase throughput and improve quality of the TraitMillTMplatform. 

BASF Plant Science’s global headquarters is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and focusses on main markets for plant biotechnology solutions in the Americas and Asia. BASF Plant Science conducts industry leading research at two sites in North America and at three European sites in Ghent, Berlin and Limburgerhof, Germany. Last month BASF inaugurated a $33 million facility expansion in Research Triangle Park to enable further innovation in crop protection and plant biotechnology research.

CropDesign was founded in 1998 as a spin-off from the VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) and University of Ghent. Since June 2006 CropDesign has been part of BASF Plant Science. 

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. 

Source: BASF