- Segments contain 15 divisions that manage our global and regional business units
- Regional divisions optimize the infrastructure and support operations
- Corporate divisions and departments as well as Competence Centers provide Group-wide services
BASF’s six business segments contain 15 divisions which bear the operational responsibility and manage our 73 global and regional business units. The divisions develop strategies for our 86 strategic business units and are organized according to sectors or products.
The operating division Care Chemicals in the Performance Products segment was split into two divisions in August 2010 in preparation for the integration of the Cognis businesses. The new division Nutrition & Health comprises products and system solutions for the nutrition and health market as well as for the fragrances and flavors industry. The Care Chemicals division comprises products and system solutions for cleaning, care, cosmetics and hygiene.
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Our regional divisions contribute to the local development of BASF’s business and help to exploit market potential. They are responsible for optimizing the infrastructure for our business. For financial reporting purposes, the divisions are grouped into the following four regions: Europe; North America; Asia Pacific; and South America, Africa, Middle East.
Three central divisions, five corporate departments and nine Competence Centers provide Group-wide services such as finance, investor relations, communications, human resources, research, engineering and site management.