BASF is investing to strengthen its presence in the footwear industry. The company has recently expanded its Footwear Development Center in Italy, and has opened a new center in Thailand. Both facilities feature new machinery with direct injection molding technology. Most recently, BASF has opened a new 2,000-square-foot Footwear Development Center in Wyandotte, Michigan, fully equipped with advanced footwear machinery for outsole, midsole and unit sole developments. BASF has also announced that in 2020, it will open a Footwear Innovation Center in Taiwan, to further strengthen its capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.