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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 intermediates in Europe, Asia and North America for our internal and external customers.

Strategy

  • Production of a broad range of basic chemicals and intermediates in integrated production facilities: the Verbund
  • Supplying the value chains in the BASF Verbund and marketing our products to external customers
  • Technology and cost leadership represent most important competitive advantages
  • Success factors: economies of scale, Verbund advantages, optimization of access to raw materials, reliable and cost-effective logistics
  • Continuous optimization of production structures

With our production facilities, we form the core of the Verbund structure and supply the BASF segments with basic chemicals for the production of downstream products. We add value with innovations in processes and production, and invest in future markets to ensure the growth of the entire BASF Verbund. As a reliable supplier, we market our products to customers in downstream industries, primarily in the chemical, electronics, construction, textile, lumber, automotive, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. We continually improve our value chains and are strengthening our market position – particularly outside Europe – by way of innovations, capital expenditures and acquisitions as well as through collaborations in future markets.

We invest in research and development in order to develop new technologies and to make our existing technologies even more efficient. Cost leadership is among our most important competitive advantages. In order to achieve this, we concentrate on the critical success factors of the classical chemicals business: making use of economies of scale, the advantages of our Verbund and continuing optimization of access to raw materials, as well as reliable, cost-effective logistics. Furthermore, we are constantly improving our global production structures and aligning these even more closely 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 EPS Ethylen-Pipeline-Süd GmbH & Co. KG

Antwerp, Belgium

Construction: butadiene extraction

 

155,000

2014

Camaçari, Brazil

Construction: acrylic acid complex

 

160,000

2014

Geismar, Louisiana

Construction: formic acid plant

 

50,000

2014

Ludwigshafen, Germany

Replacement: nitric acid plants

n/a

 

2015

 

Construction: ethylene pipeline 1

 

n/a

2012

 

Expansion: Hexamoll® DINCH® plant

100,000

200,000

2013

Nanjing, China

Construction: tert-Butylamine plant

n/a

2013