Segment profile

The Functional Materials & Solutions segment comprises the Catalysts, Construction Chemicals, Coatings and Performance Materials divisions. They develop system solutions, services and innovative products for specific sectors and customers, particularly for the automotive, electronics, chemical and construction industries as well as for household applications and sports and leisure.

Divisions


Catalysts

Automotive and process catalysts, battery materials, precious metal trading

Construction Chemicals

Solutions for building structure and envelopes, interior construction and infrastructure

Coatings

Coatings solutions for automotive and industrial applications, decorative paints

Performance Materials

Polyurethanes, thermoplastics, foams and epoxy resins

Sales


Functional Materials & Solutions – Sales (graphic)


Functional Materials & Solutions – Factors influencing sales
Functional Materials & Solutions – Factors influencing sales (bar chart)
Functional Materials & Solutions – Income from operations before special items
(in million €)
Functional Materials & Solutions – Income from operations before special items (bar chart)

How we create value – an example

Suspension top mounts made of Cellasto® and Ultramid®

Innovative plastic material combination offers more driving comfort with lighter weight

Value for BASF

>10%

Expected sales growth per year through 2018

Value for our customers

up to 25%

Weight savings

Our innovative plastic suspension top mounts combine the special properties of Cellasto® for preventing noise and vibration with the lightweight stability of Ultramid®. We expect sales for this application to grow by more than 10% each year on average and foresee that, by 2018, around two million vehicles will be on the road with more comfort and less weight.

The automotive industry is faced with increasingly stricter emissions guidelines and demand for higher fuel efficiency. In these new top mounts, Ultramid® replaces metal, making the component up to 25% lighter. Thanks to its combination with Cellasto®, automotive manufacturers can reduce the weight of their vehicles without sacrificing safety or comfort.

Strategy

  • Development of innovative products and technologies in close collaboration with our customers
  • Focus on specialties and system solutions that allow customers to stand out from the competition

We use BASF’s expertise as the world’s leading chemical company to develop innovative products and technologies in close cooperation with our customers. Our aim is to find the best solution in terms of cost and functionality, helping our customers contribute to sustainable development. Our specialties and system solutions enable customers to stand out from the competition. Information relevant to the principles of the Global Compact

One focus of our strategy is the ongoing optimization of our product portfolio and structures according to different regional market requirements as well as trends in our customer industries. We are positioning ourselves to grow faster than the market and become even less dependent on the cyclicality of individual industries.

We aim to secure our leading market position in Europe, to profitably expand our position in the North American market and to selectively extend our activities in the growth regions of Asia, South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.