Last Update:
March 1, 2012


  • Especially efficient exhaust gas purification with SCR technology for diesel engines
  • Specially designed Masterflow grouts to securely anchor wind turbines
  • More efficient coating process for the automotive industry

SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) filter

A single component removes nitrogen oxides and soot

Value for  BASF




increase in sales volumes

of catalysts for diesel-powered commercial vehicles expected through 2015

Value for our customers

up to


less space needed

compared with exhaust gas purification systems with two components

Value for BASF

Standards for exhaust gases are becoming increasingly strict; demand is growing for our catalysts for diesel-powered commercial vehicles. We aim for an annual 30% increase in sales volumes for our SCR filters through 2015.

Value for our customers

Thanks to our SCR filter, nitrogen oxides and soot can be removed using just one component. This not only saves weight, but also space – up to 25% compared with two-part exhaust gas purification systems, thus allowing more flexibility in the construction of drive train components.

In the Catalysts division, we have a research and development platform that is unique in the industry. We continuously expand our technological leadership through process and product innovations. Our focus is on improving the performance of our catalysts to conserve resources and meet tightening emission standards. Our SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology, for example, can remove over 90% of nitrogen oxide emissions from the exhaust flow of diesel engines. This innovation earned us the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 2011.

Construction Chemicals aligns its research and development activities with local customers’ needs and construction industry trends. Sustainability – in other words, cost and resource efficiency – is the focus of the division’s research. One example is our newly launched Masterflow® special grouts for anchoring wind turbines. These help to make turbine installation more efficient and secure and to ensure long-lasting durability in harsh weather conditions. Other key research topics are organic binders for applications in flooring and waterproofing as well as inorganic binders as an alternative to cement.

In the Coatings division, we continually work on developing innovative coating systems and intelligent solutions to contribute to our customers’ success. We make sure that the coatings of the future will be more scratch-resistant and less sensitive to environmental influences, offering improved corrosion protection and innovative color and design effects. Moreover, we develop coating processes that are more efficient and environmentally friendly. In the automotive sector, for example, we managed to successfully integrate the functionality of two paint layers into one layer. Car body painting thus requires fewer steps and less energy, shortening the overall painting process. Information relevant to the principles of the Global Compact

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