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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Segment profile

Excellence in the Verbund, technology and cost leadership

The Chemicals segment consists of the Inorganics, Petrochemicals and Intermediates divisions. In our integrated production facilities – our Verbund – we produce a broad range of basic chemicals and downstream products in Europe, Asia and North America for our internal and external customers.

Segment strategy

  • Supplying the value-adding chains in the BASF Verbund and marketing our products to external customers
  • Most important success factors are technology and cost leadership
  • Product portfolio and regional production structures are continuously optimized

We create value by driving growth with an attractive portfolio, investments in future markets and process and product innovations as well as by the competitive and flexible integration of our production into the BASF Verbund structures. We supply the BASF segments with basic chemicals for the production of downstream products. As a reliable supplier, we market our products to customers in downstream industries; primarily in the chemical, electronics, construction, textile, automotive, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. We continually develop our value-adding chains with innovations, capital expenditures and acquisitions in future markets. Technology and cost leadership are among our most important success factors. We achieve them by improving processes, implementing market-oriented business models, and efficiently using the synergy potentials of our Verbund. We constantly optimize our portfolio and production structures and align them with regional market requirements.

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Capital expenditures

 

 

Location

Project

Additional annual capacity through expansion (metric tons)

Total annual capacity (metric tons)

Startup

1

Participation through investment in Ethylen-Pipeline-Süd GmbH & Co. KG

2

Operated by a joint venture company in which BASF has a 50% stake and which is proportionally consolidated in the Group Consolidated Financial Statements

Antwerp, Belgium

Construction oleum plant

 

420,000

2011

Geismar, Louisiana

Construction methylamine plant

 

n/a

2011

Guaratinguetá, Brazil

Construction sodium methylate plant

 

60,000

2011

Ludwigshafen, Germany

Construction ethylene pipeline1

 

n/a

2011

Nanjing, China2

Expansion steam cracker

140,000

740,000

2011

 

Construction 2-propylheptanol

 

80,000

2011

 

Expansion ethylene oxide

80,000

330,000

2011

 

Construction butadiene

 

130,000

2011

 

Construction isobutene

 

60,000

2011

 

Construction amines complex

 

130,000

2011/2012

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