Tecsis is one of the world leaders in the production of wind turbine blades and has chosen Bahia to be a new expansion hub for its production. We chose this site for our new unit due to its proximity to the country’s main wind energy projects and easy access to two important ports (Aratu and Salvador). The Bahia plant will meet the growing demand of the Brazilian market, but in the future, it will also support Tecsis São Paulo units in additional export demands. The support provided by the Bahia State Government and the Camaçari City Hall have been important for the project, especially in terms of workforce training. In this first phase, we will have almost 1,000 employees but we expect to triple this contingent over the next two years, depending on the growth of the Brazilian wind energy market.
The Northeastern region has always been a priority for BASF in the country, and in Bahia, our company has been active for almost 40 years in the Industrial Complex of Camaçari. In 2015, our old amine plant gave way to the Camaçari Acrylic Complex: the largest investment in our history in Brazil and South America. Implementation of the project in Bahia was strategic for BASF, considering that the state has other chemical industries, is a booming market and has remarkable economic growth in many industries. In addition, the presence at the industrial pole brings us closer to major universities such as UFBA and technical training institutes, such as SENAI, which puts us in contact with a skilled workforce. Among other factors, Bahia also has several energetic matrices and our location at the pole brings us closer to the port of Aratu, our suppliers and customers.