BASF Report 2022

Sites, Markets, Environment

Sites and Verbund

As one of the world’s largest chemical companies, BASF is present in 91 countries. We operate 239 production sites worldwide. The foundation for the Verbund concept was laid in 1865 at the Ludwigs­hafen site in Germany and is still one of BASF’s great strengths today. Intelligently linking and steering our Verbund plants creates efficient value chains – from basic chemicals to high value-added solutions such as coatings or crop protection products. The Verbund enables us to manage our production in a resource-efficient, carbon-optimized and reliable way. By-products from one facility are used as feedstocks elsewhere, for example. This saves us raw materials and energy, avoids emissions, lowers logistics costs and leverages synergies.

In addition to Ludwigshafen, BASF operates five other Verbund sites in Antwerp, Belgium; Freeport, Texas; Geismar, Louisiana; Kuantan, Malaysia; and Nanjing, China. Another Verbund site is being built in Zhanjiang in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

We also use the Verbund principle for more than production, applying it to technologies, the market and digitalization as well. Research expertise is bundled globally.

BASF’s production sites

BASF production sites (map)

BASF sales by region 2022

Location of customer

BASF sales by region 2022 (pie chart)

Procurement and sales markets

BASF supplies products and services to around 82,000 customers1 from various sectors in almost every country in the world. Our customer portfolio ranges from major global customers and small and medium-sized enterprises to end consumers.

We work with over 70,000 Tier 1 suppliers2 worldwide. They supply us with important raw materials, chemicals, investment goods and consumables, and perform a range of services.

BASF sales by industry 2022 (Direct customers)

> 20%

Chemicals and plastics | Transportation (respectively)


Agriculture | Consumer goods (respectively)

< 10%

Construction | Electronics | Energy and resources | Health and nutrition (respectively)

1 The number of customers refers to all external companies (sold-to parties) that had contracts with the BASF Group in the business year concerned in which sales were generated.

2 BASF considers all direct suppliers of the BASF Group in the business year concerned as Tier 1 suppliers. These are suppliers that provide us with raw materials, investment goods, consumables and services. Suppliers can be natural persons, companies or legal persons under public law.

Value chain
A value chain describes the successive steps in a production process: from raw materials through various intermediate steps, such as transportation and production, to the finished product.
In the BASF Verbund, plants are intelligently connected. In this system, chemical processes consume less energy, produce higher product yields and conserve resources. The by-products of one plant serve as feedstock elsewhere, creating efficient value chains\_– from basic chemicals to high value-added solutions such as coatings or crop protection products. Our Verbund concept – realized in production, technologies, the market and digitalization – enables innovative solutions for a sustainable future.

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