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Segment profile

Customer-specific products and system solutions

The Functional Solutions segment comprises the Catalysts, Construction Chemicals and Coatings divisions. They develop tailor-made system solutions and innovative products for specific sectors and customers, in particular for the automotive, electrical, chemical and construction industries. Our portfolio ranges from catalysts, battery materials, coatings and concrete additives to construction systems such as tile adhesives and decorative paints.


  • 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
  • Continuous optimization of our product portfolio in accordance with regional market requirements and trends in the customer industries

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 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 in accordance with different regional market requirements as well as trends in our customer industries. For example, we drive solutions for the electric mobility of tomorrow. We established the global Battery Materials business unit in 2012 and strengthened it by means of acquisitions, investments and the startup of a production facility for cathode materials. Information relevant to the principles of the Global Compact

We aim to assure 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.

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Caojing, China

Construction: undercoatings


Clermont de l’Oise, France

Construction: coating resins


Elyria, Ohio

Construction: battery materials


Kazan, Russia

Construction: concrete admixtures


Ludwigshafen, Germany

Construction: special zeolites


Podolsk, Russia

Construction: concrete admixtures


Środa Śląska, Poland

Construction: mobile emissions catalysts


Various sites in Europe

Construction: training centers for automotive refinish coatings