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Phone: +49 (0)621 60-0
Fax: +49 (0)621 60-42525
Address: Carl-Bosch St. 38, 67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany
Geocode: 49.4964;8.4275


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Employees: 87000
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Subsidiaries: Wintershall
Partners: Gazprom
Competitors: DuPont, Dow Chemical, Akzo Nobel


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BASF AG, based in Germany, is the world's largest chemical company. The acronym originally stood for Badische Anilin- & Soda–Fabrik (Baden Aniline and Soda Manufacturing).

The BASF Group comprises more than 160 subsidiaries and joint ventures, and operates production sites in 41 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. At the end of 2003, the company employed more than 87,000 people, with over 48,000 in Germany alone.

BASF has customers in over 170 countries and supplies about 8,000 products to a wide variety of industries. The company is currently expanding its international activities with a particular focus on Asia.


Business segments

BASF operates in a variety of markets. Its business is organized in the segments Chemicals, Plastics, Performance Products, Agricultural Products & Nutrition and Oil & Gas.



BASF produces a wide range of chemicals, for example solvents, amines, resins, glues, electronic-grade chemicals, basic petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals. The most important customers for this segment are the pharmaceutical, construction, textile and automotive industries.



BASF is the international leading producer of styrenics. Engineering plastics are sold to injection molders in a variety of industries. BASF’s polyurethanes have very diverse uses worldwide.


Performance Products

BASF produces a range of performance chemicals, coatings und functional polymers. These include raw materials for detergents, textile and leather chemicals, pigments and raw materials for adhesives. Customers are the automotive, oil, paper, packaging, textile, sanitary products, detergents, construction materials, coatings, printing and leather industries. [edit]


Agricultural Products & Nutrition

BASF is a supplier of agricultural products and fine chemicals for agriculture and animal nutrition, and for the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries. In the field of plant biotechnology, BASF is concentrating on solutions for effective agriculture, healthier nutrition and plants to make products more efficiently. Products from this segment include fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, vitamins, pharmaceutical active ingredients and UV absorbers for sun creams. [edit]


Oil & Gas

BASF explores for and produces oil and gas through its subsidiary Wintershall AG. In Central and Eastern Europe, Wintershall works with its Russian partner Gazprom.


  • BASF patience stretched on Engelhard deal: analysts - MSN Money
  • BASF ups peak sales potential for agricultural products to 1.9 bln ... - Forbes
  • BASF Agricultural Products development pipeline continues to grow - Jobwerx
  • FEI SELLS TOOL TO BASF - Small Times
  • BASF's agrochemicals unit raises peak-sales forecast - MarketWatch
  • BASF IT turnover down, but outside work is up - Manufacturing Talk
  • Dow Signs HPPO Joint Venture Agreement with BASF - Material Handling Management (press release)
  • Dow Signs HPPO Joint Venture Agreement with BASF - (press release)
  • BASF ammonia leak contained - Brazosport Facts (subscription)
  • BASF, Engelhard harden positions in takeover tussle - Reuters
  • ... more news

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