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We create chemistry
for a sustainable future.

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    sticky loves wet

    We encounter innovations in chemistry every day – even where we don’t expect to. They improve our quality of life. ACRESIN® is a smart chemical that stays sticky in wet conditions – it doesn’t matter if you are at the beach, in the swimming pool or in the shower. We are always improving our existing product portfolio. In 2011, around
    1,050 newly registered patents attested to this power of innovation.

    For more on innovation, see

    Strategy and values Innovation
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    kids love chemistry

    In our society, education is a key resource around the world for economic and social progress. BASF is committed to introducing the next generation to the world of chemistry.
    In 2011, the International Year of Chemistry, 54,813 young people in
    33 countries conducted experiments in BASF’s Kids’ Labs and Teens’ Labs, exploring the scientific phenomena of everyday life.

    For more on vocational training and career development, see

    Vocational and further training Social commitment
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    warm houses love energy bills

    We at BASF have made it our business to develop sustainable solutions for the construction industry. We offer our customers solutions that help them to build energy-saving, long-lasting structures. BASF’s materials and construction solutions are more effective than conventional insulation systems, which saves money in the long term. With products like Neopor® and Elastopor®, houses stay warmer in the winter and waste less energy.

    For more on climate protection, see
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    ecology loves economy

    With resources becoming scarcer and greenhouse gas emissions increasing, we need a fundamental change in how we approach mobility. Whether subway, automobile or airplane – sustainable transportation solutions are in demand. BASF has recognized this potential and offers, for example, numerous innovations as a development partner for the automotive industry. Whether in the form of advanced plastics for lightweight design, modern emissions control catalysts, materials for safe high-performance batteries in electric cars or innovative concepts for temperature management, BASF makes an essential contribution to the energy efficiency of tomorrow.

    For more on mobility, see

    Innovation Plastics

Management's Analysis

The BASF Group

We are the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Around 111,000 employees work in the BASF Group, helping our customers from nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world to be more successful. Our broad portfolio is arranged into six segments: Chemicals, Plastics, Performance Products, Functional Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas.

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Global Economy

The strong growth momentum from the previous year continued in the first half of 2011. However, this economic upturn was followed by significantly weaker growth in all regions in the second half of the year.

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Business Review BASF Group

BASF significantly increased sales and earnings in 2011. The economic upturn of 2010 continued into 2011, although growth momentum slowed in the second half of the year due to uncertainty in the financial markets.

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Segments

Profiles and business reviews of BASF’s six segments:
Chemicals, Plastics, Performance Products, Functional Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas

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Regional Results

The regional results describe the development in the four regions Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and South America, Africa, Middle East as well as in Emerging markets.

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Employees and Society

The best team needs committed, performance-driven employees. We want to recruit and retain the best talent, and in doing so, we value diversity in our teams. We invest in our attractiveness as an employer, offer our employees career development opportunities and support them in achieving work-life balance.

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Environment and Safety

The chapter environment and safety comprises the topics climate protection, energy and raw materials, water, environmental, security and safety management as well as product stewardship.

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Forecast

The forecast covers the topics opportunities and risks report, economic environment in 2012 as well as Group outlook.

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