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Segment profile

Energy-efficient products and system solutions for our customers

BASF is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality plastics. In the Performance Polymers and Polyurethanes divisions, we offer energy-efficient products and customer-oriented system solutions.

Strategy

  • Energy-efficient products and innovative system solutions as alternatives to conventional materials
  • Close cooperation with our customers in order to offer the best solutions in terms of cost and functionality

We concentrate on activities which allow us to stand out from market competitors and offer us profitable growth opportunities. Our customers are primarily in the construction, automotive, electronics and furniture industries. Thanks to the versatility of our products, we can offer innovative solutions that substitute conventional materials in a wide variety of applications.

In doing so, we fulfill our customers’ sustainability requirements with wide-ranging products and solutions. Our system solutions support lightweight construction, helping to reduce energy demand in the automotive industry as well as in the use of wind power to generate electricity. With our products for insulation materials, we help customers to efficiently insulate buildings, thus reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling and minimizing carbon emissions. Furthermore, we offer a range of biodegradable plastics with our line of ecovio® products.

We are positioning ourselves to grow faster than the market and become less dependent on the cyclicality of individual industries. We work closely with our customers – with the aim of offering the best solutions in terms of cost and functionality.

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Capital expenditures

Location

Project

Additional annual capacity through expansion (metric tons)

Total annual capacity (metric tons)

Startup

1

Comprises all EPS types (expandable polystyrene)

Chongqing, China

Construction: MDI complex

 

400,000

2014

Ludwigshafen, Germany

Expansion: Neopor®

45,000

Global: 805,000 1

2013

 

Expansion: Styrodur®

7,000

Global: 50,000

2012

 

Expansion: polyamides

20,000

Global: 720,000

2012

 

Construction: TDI plant

 

300,000

2014

Shanghai, China

Expansion: compounding plant for engineering plastics

57,000

Global: 590,000

2014

Yeosu, South Korea

Expansion: MDI plant

60,000

250,000

2012

 

Construction: Ultrason® plant

 

6,000

2013