Segment profile

The Chemicals segment consists of the Petrochemicals, Monomers 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, continuous optimization of access to raw materials, lean processes, reliable and cost-effective logistics
  • Constant 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 crop protection industries. We continually improve our value chains and are expanding our market position – particularly outside Europe – with new methods and technologies, as well as through capital expenditures and 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 and a clear orientation along individual value chains are among our most important competitive advantages. We concentrate on the critical success factors of the classical chemicals business: making use of economies of scale, the advantages of our Verbund, continuous optimization of access to raw materials, lean processes, and 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

Operated through joint venture with Sinopec

Antwerp, Belgium

Construction: butadiene extraction

 

155,000

2014

Camaçari, Brazil

Construction: acrylic acid complex

 

160,000

2014

Chongqing, China

Construction: MDI plant

 

400,000

2014

Geismar, Louisiana

Construction: formic acid plant

 

50,000

2014

Ludwigshafen, Germany

Construction: TDI plant

 

300,000

2015

 

Replacement: nitric acid plants

n/a

 

2015

 

Expansion: Hexamoll® DINCH® plant

100,000

200,000

2014

Maoming, China

Construction: isononanol plant1

 

n/a

2015

Nanjing, China

Construction: additional acrylic acid complex

160,000

320,000

2014

 

Construction: tert-Butylamine plant

 

10,000

2013

Shanghai, China

Construction: Ultramid® plant

 

100,000

2015