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.
Automotive and process catalysts, battery materials, precious metal trading
Solutions for building structure and envelopes, interior construction and infrastructure
Coatings solutions for automotive and industrial applications, decorative paints
Polyurethanes, thermoplastics, foams and epoxy resins
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
Expected sales growth per year through 2018
Value for our customers
up to 25%
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.
- 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.
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.