Cracker Products:

BASF operates its steamcrackers, "heart" of verbund sites (Ludwigshafen, Germany 1965 and 1980; Antwerp, Belgium 1994; BASF, along with FINA Port Arthur, Texas, 2001; Nanjing, China planned) mainly for captive use. In addition BASF markets cracker products e.g. within the chemical industry, refineries, plastic industry, steel- and automotive industry.

Verbund ­ a decisive factor for success
BASF has significant expertise ­ unequaled anywhere in the world ­ in the carefully planned networking of factories, with efficient integration of production and energy supply ­ the Verbund.
The concept of Verbund began with integrated production, which grew out of the history of the Ludwigshafen site. Integrated production implies effective utilization of resources and also reduced waste and emissions
­ synergies, which cut costs and increase cost-effectiveness.
Integrated systems are also used by BASF in relation to its wide-ranging technical expertise. Combining knowledge from different disciplines at one location maximizes the benefits to be obtained. Examples of areas included are research and development, toxicology, technical service and engineering technology.

Plastics - a core sector

Plastics are a core sector for BASF. The BASF Group is among the largest plastics manufacturers in the world, with one of the most comprehensive product ranges.

The BASF plastics product range

Styrene copolymers
Polystyrene/PPE blend
Styrene polymers
Engineering materials
Foam materials
Vinyl chloride polymers
modifiers Intumescent Materials



BASF FINA Petrochemicals Limited Partnership

is a venture between BASF Corporation and ATOFINA Petrochemicals, Inc., a subsidiary of TotalFinaElf SA. The limited partnership, in which BASF holds a 60 percent share and ATOFINA holds a 40 percent share, was formed to manage the operations of the steam cracker project and related facilities.

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1998/5/8 BASF

BASF and FINA Boards Approve Construction of World's Largest Steam Cracker

BASF Corporation (Mount Olive, N.J.) and FINA, Inc. (Dallas, Texas) jointly announced today that the boards of both BASF Aktiengesellschaft (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and PetroFina S.A. (Brussels, Belgium) have given final approval to build the world's largest single-train steam cracker. Last September, BASF and FINA announced their intentions to build the facility at FINA's refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

BASF and FINA will form a limited partnership, in which BASF will hold a 60 percent share and FINA a 40 percent share. The steam cracker will be operated by BASF; FINA will operate all related equipment outside the cracker fence line. The facility will use a special technology for enhanced propylene production, thereby providing a nameplate capacity of 1.9 billion pounds (860,000 metric tons) of ethylene and 1.9 billion pounds (860,000 metric tons) of propylene. Total investment will be approximately $900 million, including infrastructure, olefins conversion and aromatics extraction, but excluding long-distance pipelines.

The cracker products, ethylene and propylene, are key raw materials for the production of plastics, fibers, solvents, paints and surfactants. These products are used in various industries including housing, construction, automotive, textile and clothing, beverage containers and cosmetics.

The steam cracker site is already being cleared and construction is expected to begin in September 1998, with completion in the fourth quarter 2000. The permit application for construction has been filed and is undergoing technical review with the appropriate regulatory agencies. ABB Lummus Global, Inc. is conducting detailed engineering and a lump-sum turn key construction contract is expected to be awarded within the next few weeks.

Construction jobs on the new cracker are expected to peak at approximately 2,000. After completion, the cracker will provide approximately 150 jobs directly associated with the operation and maintenance of the facility.

The joint venture olefins complex represents the optimal competitive solution for both companies for several reasons. BASF and FINA will achieve mutually beneficial ethylene and propylene production primarily for internal use. In addition, both companies will benefit from economies of scale, and derive significant logistics and operational synergies, including the opportunity to optimize cracker and refinery feedstocks, as well as by-product streams. For example, cracker hydrogen may be used for refinery hydrotreating, while other by-products will be processed and blended with refinery streams. Also, Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) off-gas and naphtha streams from the refinery will be moved to the cracker as valuable feedstocks.

"The steam cracker will be the heart of our integrated production in the NAFTA region," said Carl A. Jennings, President of BASF Corporation's Chemicals Division. "The synergistic advantages of integrating the cracker and refinery operations are estimated at over $50 million per year. Therefore, we will secure long-term competitive supplies of propylene, ethylene and other key precursors such as butadiene, benzene and toluene for our major integrated sites, including our so-called 'Verbund' operations in Freeport, Texas, and Geismar, La.

"With these tremendous cost advantages and synergies, the Port Arthur steam cracker will serve as a platform for future expansion in the North American region," Jennings said. "And we are especially pleased to work with such a strong and progressive partner as FINA."

According to FINA, Inc. President and CEO, Ron Haddock, building the state-of-the art steam cracker facility at its Port Arthur refinery plays a significant role in the company's long-range business plans. "This investment is of strategic importance to FINA because it will increase integration between our refining business and our premiere chemical businesses, while supplying raw materials to our world-scale derivatives plants, where we produce styrene, polystyrene, polyethylene and polypropylene."

The cracker project is a key step in differentiating FINA's refining business from the competition. FINA's Port Arthur facility, one of the nation's leaders in efficient production of fuel products, has a strategic focus to expand production of its chemical feedstocks. "The opportunity to fully utilize our refining capacity to support a jointly-owned, steam cracking operation with an experienced and outstanding operating partner like BASF provides the basis for a very competitive manufacturing site," Haddock said.

BASF Corporation and its affiliates, headquartered in Mount Olive, New Jersey, are the NAFTA region members of the BASF Group. With sales of $6.9 billion in 1997, BASF Corporation and its NAFTA affiliates are among the top ten producers of chemicals and related products in the United States, Canada and Mexico. "We don't make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better." summarizes the diverse product mix BASF offers, such as chemicals, polymers, automotive coatings, colorants, pharmaceuticals, nylon fibers and agricultural products. BASF Corporation and its affiliates employ more than 15,000 people in the NAFTA region.

FINA, Inc. (AMEX:FI) through its subsidiaries, engages in crude oil and natural gas exploration and production, and natural gas marketing; petroleum products refining, supply and transportation, and marketing; and chemicals manufacturing and marketing. Revenues were $4.4 billion in 1997. Organized in 1956, FINA Inc. is part of an international group of companies affiliated with PetroFINA S.A. (NYSE:FIN) headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.


2003/1/14 BASF          BASF completes transactions with Honeywell

BASF strengthens its plastics business

 ・BASF to acquire Honeywell's worldwide engineering plastics business
 ・BASF to sell its nylon fibers businesses to Honeywell

BASF Aktiengesellschaft announced today (January 14, 2003) the signing of definitive agreements for two transactions with Honeywell International, Morris Township, N.J. BASF has agreed to acquire Honeywell's worldwide engineering plastics business. In a separate transaction, BASF has agreed to sell its worldwide nylon fibers business to Honeywell. Through these transactions,
BASF will exit the fibers market and concentrate on its plastics business, which also includes styrenics, polyurethanes and nylon intermediates.

With the acquisition of the engineering plastics business, BASF will significantly enhance its position in this market and will be able to offer customers a wider range of products. Honeywell's engineering plastics business had sales of approximately $350 million in 2001. Together with BASF's engineering plastics and nylon intermediate activities, the combined businesses would have had pro-forma sales of almost $2 billion in 2001.

BASF is selling its nylon fibers business to ensure its long-term competitiveness as part of a larger entity. BASF's sales in this business were approximately $350 million in 2001.

BASF will pay Honeywell $170 million in cash and transfer all of BASF's global nylon fibers business at closing. BASF will receive from Honeywell $80 million within one year of the transaction's close. The two transactions are expected to close in the course of the first half of 2003, subject to regulatory approval in several jurisdictions.

"With these portfolio changes, BASF is strategically realigning and enhancing its market position in plastics. Here, we want to achieve leading market, service and cost positions in the most important regions. In addition, we are focusing on those products where we can offer a competitive edge to generate value both for our customers and us," said Dr. John Feldmann, the member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF Aktiengesellschaft responsible for the Plastics & Fibers segment.

Engineering Plastics Agreement

As a result of this transaction, BASF will enhance its position as a leading global supplier of engineering plastics. The agreement includes manufacturing facilities, research and development assets, and sales and technical service locations worldwide. The business being acquired includes about 500 Honeywell personnel.

BASF will acquire
the global engineering plastics portfolio of Honeywell, which is primarily comprised of the product line Capron® nylon and alloys (polyamide). These products will complement BASF's engineering plastics portfolio of Ultradur® thermoplastic polyester (PBT), Ultraform® acetal copolymer (POM), Ultrason® E polyethersulfone (PES) and Ultrason® S polysulfone (PSU), and Ultramid® nylon-based engineering plastics.

The acquisition will enhance BASF's product offerings to customers, particularly in the automotive, packaging and electrical & electronics industries. New markets and applications will be opened up to BASF from Honeywell's top products and excellent customer relationships developed over the past 40 years.

"With this acquisition, we are bringing together the best teams in the industry," said Raimar Jahn, President of BASF's Performance Polymers division. "Combining the resources and capabilities of BASF's and Honey-well's engineering plastics activities will spur new product and application developments, and create efficiencies in bringing value-added solutions to customers."

Nylon Fibers Agreement

BASF's nylon fibers business being sold includes the nylon 6 carpet fiber business which serves the commercial, automotive and residential markets; textile products including a diversified line of nylon yarns for apparel fabrics and nylon for automotive headliner fabrics, as well as solution dyed Zeftron
® 200 nylon for upholstery fabrics.

The transaction includes fiber manufacturing plants, research facilities and sales offices in North America as well as BASF Hua Yuan Nylon (BHYN) Company Limited, located in Shanghai, China. The current businesses employ approximately 1,600 BASF personnel.

BASF, as a leading supplier of nylon and its precursors, remains committed to this market. BASF's nylon and intermediates plants will not be included in the sale.

About BASF

BASF is the world's leading chemical company. It aims to increase and sustain its corporate value through growth and innovation. BASF offers its customers a range of high-performance products, including chemicals, plastics, coatings systems, dispersions, agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. BASF's distinctive approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is its strength. It enables the company to achieve cost leadership and gives it a decisive competitive advantage in the long term. BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Sustainable Development. In 2001, BASF had sales of ?32.5 billion (circa $29 billion) and over 90,000 employees worldwide. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

Honeywell release

Honeywell's global engineering plastics portfolio includes nylon, polyester and alloys offered in the Capron® (nylon 6 and nylon 6,6), Petra® (post-consumer recycled polyester) and Nypel® (post-industrial nylon 6) product lines.

The agreement covers polymerization and compounding facilities, research and development assets and sales and technical service locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The Honeywell business currently employs about 500 people.

2003/5/1 BASF 

BASF strengthens its plastics business
BASF completes transactions with Honeywell

BASF acquires engineering plastics business from Honeywell
BASF sells its nylon fibers business to Honeywell
Businesses transferred on May 1, 2003

BASF Aktiengesellschaft today (May 1) took over the worldwide engineering plastics business of Honeywell International, Morris Township, N.J. and transferred its worldwide nylon fibers business to Honeywell. The deals have been approved by all relevant regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Through these transactions, which were announced on January 14, 2003, BASF is exiting the fibers market and concentrating on its plastics business, which also includes styrenics, polyurethanes and nylon intermediates.

2003/03/24 BASF

BASF 農業製品部門、製品群を強化              
 〜 バイエル社の殺虫剤・殺菌剤の買収完了〜

● バイエルの殺虫剤・殺菌剤製品の買収を完了
● 種子処理剤事業への重要な足がかり
● 拡大した事業活動でお客さまにさらなる価値を提供




 仏エルブックにあるフィプロニル、トリチコナゾール、イプロジオンの生産施設(従業員数約340 人)も今回の買収に含まれています。




 このたびの買収を受けて、日本では以下の製品をBASF アグロ株式会社(本社:東京都港区、社長:エドワードJ.ブラウンJr.)が原体と単剤(一部製品除く)独占で販売します。それ以外は併売で販売します。日本においてフィプロニルは「プリンス」の商標で水稲や園芸市場で広く使用されています。
 ● プリンスフロアブル(園芸用用殺虫剤)
 ● プリンス粒剤(水稲用殺虫剤)
 ● デラウスプリンス粒剤10(水稲用殺虫殺菌剤)
 ● デラウスプリンス粒剤06(水稲用殺虫殺菌剤)
 ● ビームプリンス粒剤(水稲用殺虫殺菌剤)
 ● フィプロニル原体(商品名プリンス製剤の原体)
 ● プロクロラズ原体(商品名スポルタックの原体種子処理剤)

 既存製品群に加え、今後2 年の間に日本市場に段階的に導入する革新的な新製品と共に、日本の農家ならびに農業の発展にさらに貢献する可能性が広がったと思います。イノベーションを追求し、お客様に付加価値を提供することにより、今後の事業発展を目指しています」と述べています。


<BASF Group について>
 BASF(ビーエーエスエフ)は、原油と天然ガスの他、化学品、プラスチック、高機能製品、農薬、ファインケミカル等の高付加価値製品をお客様に提供する世界の化学業界のリーディング・カンパニーです。BASFの統合生産・経営システムは、ドイツ語の「フェアブント」として知られ、同社の特異な強みであり、コスト面での優位性と競争力をもたらしています。BASFは「持続可能な発展」の基本方針に則って企業活動を行っています。2002年度は約320億ユーロ(約340 億ドル)の売上高を計上し、世界で8万9000人の従業員を抱えています。BASF の株式はフランクフルト(BAS)、ロンドン(BFA)、ニューヨーク(BF)、パリ(BA)、チューリッヒ(BAS)の各株式市場において取引されています。
 同社のインターネットホームページのアドレスは:です。BASF ジャパン(株)のインターネットホームページのアドレスは:、またBASF アグロ(株)のホームページアドレスは: です。


2000年3月22日 BASFジャパン


BASF(本社 ドイツ・ルートヴィッヒスハーフェン)は、アメリカンホームプロダクツ社(米国・ニュージャージー州)の農薬事業を約38億ドルで買収することで合意し、両社は3月21日に契約に調印しました。



BASFは世界の主要農薬市場において主導的地位を確保している。 特に重要な北米、南米市場におけるプレゼンスを高めると同時に、すでに確立した地位を持つ欧州市場での立場を強化する。
2006年までに上市する予定の15の新しい有効成分を含むラインナップを加えることにより、 年間販売はピーク時、約20億ドル増加すると予想される。
買収後の農薬事業の規模は1999年の実績を参考にすると、売り上げは36億ドル、 営業利益は4億5000万ドルと見積もられます。(ただし今回の事業再編にかかる費用は含まず。)

■ 買収によるシナジー効果は2億5000万ドル
買収により年間のシナジー効果は約2億5000万ドルとなる見込みであり、買収後の初の通年となる2001年は約50%のシナジー効果が期待できます。BASFでは2001年からの実質的なシナジー効果を期待しています。「BASFとアメリカンホームプロダクツ社の農薬事業を統合することにより、長期的戦略をさらに実行段階に移し、収益性のさらなる改善を期待している。」(BASF取締役会長 Dr.ユルゲン・シュトルーベ)

■ 農薬事業の基盤強化
「今回の買収によりBASFの農薬事業の既存の強みを拡充するとともに、魅力的な製品とアイデアにより基盤をより強化することが期待できる。BASFは、アメリカンホームプロダクツ社の農薬事業のプロフェッショナルな経営と研究開発体制を高く評価している。BASFは、今回の買収及び今後10年で計画している植物バイオテクノロジーへの約7億ドルの研究開発投資を通してこれからの農業市場におけるリーディングカンパニーとなることをめざす。」(BASF 専務取締役 エゲルト・フォシェラウ、農薬及び医薬品事業総括)

■ 農薬におけるBASFの革新的技術
農薬事業は収益性の高い事業であり、BASFが今後拡大をめざす分野です。「BASFは、これまで革新的な製品を送り出してきたが、他社との協力体制と買収を通しお客様に、より効果が高い製品及びニーズに合致した解決策を提供してきた。BASFは、人口が増大する中で今後も世界に健康な食品が供給される一助となることをめざす。BASFとアメリカンホームプロダクツ社の技術力を合わせることで、変化しつつある農業市場により魅力的な製品を提供してゆきたい。」(BASF 農薬事業 プレジデント Dr.フリードリッヒ・フォーゲル) BASFとアメリカンホームプロダクツ社は、農薬事業において新製品開発のため、年間の売り上げの約10%を研究、開発に費やしています。

■ BASFのこれまでの主な農薬事業買収


2003/05/13 BASF

BASF、エクソンモービル・ケミカルのVistanex LM ポリイソブチレン事業を買収

 BASF(本社ドイツルートヴィッヒスハーフェン)は、5月12日、エクソンモービル・ケミカル社(ExxonMobil Chemical Company)のビスタネックスLM(Vistanex LM)ポリイソブチレン(PIB)事業の買収を発表しました。この買収には、生産拠点や従業員は含まれていません。また、買収の条件は明らかにされていません。


 BASFグループでパフォーマンス・ケミカルズ本部プレジデントを務めるウォルフガング・ビューヘーレは、「この買収はBASFの広範なPIB製品群と非常に適合します」と述べています。米BASFコーポレーションのパフォーマンス・ケミカルズ担当ビジネス・ディレクター、ステファノ・クレマは、「Vistanex LM のお客様と協力して、オパノールPIBへの移行をスムーズ行います」と述べています。またBASFは、豊富な経験と優れた技術ノウハウ、そして生産能力の強化によって、よりお客様の製品の品質向上に貢献できると説明しています。




■ BASF Group について
 BASF(ビーエーエスエフ)は、原油と天然ガスの他、化学品、プラスチック、高機能製品、農薬、ファインケミカル等の高付加価値製品をお客様に提供する世界の化学業界のリーディング・カンパニーです。BASF の統合生産・経営システムは、ドイツ語の「フェアブント」として知られ、同社の特異な強みであり、コスト面での優位性と競争力をもたらしています。BASFは「持続可能な発展」の基本方針に則って企業活動を行っています。2002年度は約320億ユーロ(約340億ドル)の売上高を計上し、世界で8万9000人の従業員を抱えています。パフォーマンス・ケミカルズは、自動車や石油産業向けに精製品、ガソリン・ディーゼル添加剤、着色剤、自動車用クーラントとブレーキ液ならびに低分子・中分子・高分子量ポリイソブチレンなどの製品を提供しています。BASFは、これらの製品の世界有数のサプライヤーであり、これらの革新的な応用とBASF の知識・技術により、お客様の競争力向上に貢献します。同事業本部のインターネットホームページアドレスは: です。BASF ジャパン(株)のインターネットホームページのアドレスは: です。

■ エクソンモービル・ケミカルについて

2003/5/22 BASF ジャパン

BASF-YPC 社、中国・南京でのDMF生産能力を増強

 BASF (本社ドイツ、ルートヴィッヒスハーフェン)と中国石油化工集団(SINOPEC )の折半出資の合弁会社であるBASF-YPC 社は、ジメチルホルムアミド(DMF)プラントの年産能力を1万トンから4万トンに変更するとの決定を下しました。このプラントは現在中国・南京にある同社の統合石化拠点(IPS )で建設が進んでいます。今回の決定は、中国でのDMF需要が急速に拡大しており、特にアジアが全需要の50%以上を占めるに至ったためです。
 DMFは合成皮革、ポリアクリロニトリル(PAN )、スパンデックス繊維、医薬品・作物保護製品向けの合成中間体などを生産するのに非常に適した溶剤です。また、石油化学プロセスの中で抽出剤としても使用されています。

BASF-YPC 社について
 BASF-YPC 社はBASF とSINOPEC の折半出資合弁会社です。同社は最先端の技術を駆使し、揚子江沿いの拠点(220 ヘクタール)にスチームクラッカー(エチレン年産能力60万トン)と9基の川下製品プラントを建設・操業する予定です。同社は現在、設備投資を含め、総額29 億ドルの投資を誇る中国最大の中独合弁企業です。この拠点の建設は国際的な建設業者がすでに開始しており、予定通りに進行中です。操業開始は2005 年の予定で、年間170万トンの高品質化学製品・ポリマー製品を中国国内市場向けに生産することになります。

■ SINOPEC について
 SINOPEC は、中国最大の統合石油・石油化学会社です。SINOPEC の主要子会社であるSINOPEC Corp.は、BASF-YPC 社の株式の40%を保有しています。残りの10%は、別の子会社であるSINOPEC-YPC Ltd.が保有しています。SINOPEC Corp.は香港、ニューヨーク、ロンドン、上海への上場を実現した初の中国企業であり、中国最大の上場企業でもあります。同社の事業には、石油とガスの開拓・開発・生産・販売、原油の精製、石油製品の売買・輸送・流通、石油化学製品の生産・流通が含まれます。2002 年におけるSINOPEC Corp.の売上高は約410 億7,000 万ドル(約3,400 億4,000 万元)でした。利益の向上と機会の拡大、資本配分と投資活動の最適化、技術と人的資源の開発および効果的な展開、資源の効率的利用の促進、総合的な競争力の改善、より高い資本利益率と持続的な開発の追求―SINOPEC Corp.はこうした取り組みを通じて、株主の価値と利益を高めています。

2003/7/23 BASFジャパン

BASF、マイン・セーフティ・アプライアンシズ・カンパニー(MSA)よりCallery Chemical 事業部を買収
 ―BASF は無機製品群を拡充、MSA は、コアビジネスに特化―

 BASF(本社ドイツ、ルートヴィッヒスハーフェン)は、米国ペンシルバニア州ピッツバーグを拠点とするマイン・セーフティ・アプライアンシズ・カンパニー(MSA)のCallery Chemical(カレリー・ケミカル)事業部の買収で7月21日、合意に達しました。取引金額は約6,500万ドル(約5,800万ユーロ)となる予定です。
 今回の取引を通じて、BASFは、無機薬品の製品群の強化を図ると同時に、景気循環のないライフサイエンス市場への世界規模での参入を計ります。 また、MSAは、中核事業である安全関連製品への取り組みを強化します。
 Callery Chemical の2002年度の売上高は3,000万ドル(約2,700万ユーロ)でした。1939年に操業を開始した同社は、医薬品などの用途に用いられるホウ素やカリウム製品の大手メーカーです。安全保護具の世界的メーカーであるMSAは、2002年11月にCallery Chemicalの売却を検討している旨を発表していました。
 BASFコーポレーションの中間体・無機製品グループの副社長、ウェイン・ヒルは、CalleryはBASFにとって申し分のない相手であるとし、次のように述べています。「Callery はスペシャルティ無機製品を展開しており、BASFの無機製品群を世界最高レベルまで広げることが可能となる大変魅力ある事業です。BASFは今回の取引により、高度な技術情報、柔軟な生産体制、そして顧客ニーズに応じたソリューション開発能力を得ることとなり、医薬品、農薬、ファインケミカルなどの重要な景気循環の小さい市場におけるBASFの無機製品の迅速な売上拡大につながると確信しています」と述べています。
 MSAのジョン・T ・ライアン3世会長兼最高経営責任者(CEO )は、今回の取引により、同社が中核事業である安全関連製品の売上増大に専念することとし、以下の通り述べています。「Callery は60年以上もの間、MSA の重要な一事業としての役割を担っており、何年もの間顕著な成長を遂げてきました。しかしCallery事業とMSAの安全用具事業とは別の方向に進むようになり、今回の取引となりました。BASFは、特殊無機製品の分野でリーダーシップをとっていく上で必要なリソースとマーケティング・ノウハウを持っており、Callery Chemicalに新たなる、素晴らしい時代をもたらすことでしょう」。
BASFは、ピッツバーグ北部に位置するエバンス市のプラントで、製造事業を継続する計画です。取引完了後、Callery はBASFの北米無機製品事業の一部として、グローバル無機製品事業部に属することになります。同拠点におけるMSAの安全関連製品の製造事業は、両社による複数年のリース契約の下、継続される予定です。
鈴木カップリング反応(Suzuki Coupling)を支える最新のホウ素製品から構成されています。

BASF Group について
BASF(ビーエーエスエフ)は、原油と天然ガスの他、化学品、プラスチック、高機能製品、農薬、ファインケミカル等の高付加価値製品をお客様に提供する世界の化学業界のリーディング・カンパニーです。BASFの統合生産・経営システムは、ドイツ語の「フェアブント」として知られ、同社の特異な強みであり、コスト面での優位性と競争力をもたらしています。BASFは「持続可能な発展」の基本方針に則って企業活動を行っています。2002年度は約320億ユーロ(約340億ドル)の売上高を計上し、世界で8万9000人の従業員を抱えています。BASFの株式はフランクフルト、ロンドン、ニューヨーク、パリ、チューリッヒの各株式市場において取引されています。同社のインターネットホームページアドレスは です。BASFジャパン(株)のインターネットホームページのアドレスは です。

マイン・セーフティ・アプライアンシズ・カンパニー(MSA )について
MSAは、あらゆる種類の安全保護具と工場安全システムの生産を行っている世界最大の企業です。世界27カ国に子会社を持つグローバル・カンパニーとして、MSAの製品は120を超える国々で人々の生命保護に役立っています。同社の主要な製品としては、ガスマスクや自給式呼吸器などの呼吸用保護具、頭・眼・顔の保護具、聴力保護具、熱画像カメラ、落下保護具、携帯用および永久設置型のガス検知・監視装置などが挙げられます。年間売上は5億6,000万ドルで、消防業界が最も大きな割合を占めています。詳細は、 をご覧ください。

2003/11/11 BASF ジャパン

BASF 、ビタミン事業拡張に向けて大きな一歩を踏み出す

・ BASF の韓国における世界規模のビタミンB2 工場、計画通り操業開始
・ 年産3,000 トンの新工場は顧客需要の増加を満たす
・ 新工場はビタミン事業に本格的に取り組むBASF の姿勢を反映

 BASF (本社 ドイツ・ルートヴィッヒスハーフェン)は、韓国・群山(クンサン)に建設した新ビタミンB2 工場の操業を予定通りに開始し、11 月10 日に開所式を行いました。
 年産3,000 トンの世界規模を誇る同工場は、医薬品・食品・飼料用ビタミンB2 を提供します。この新工場は、BASF のビタミン事業拡大の歴史に新たなページを記し、主に顧客の需要の増加を満たします。
 新工場は、BASF が韓国で、医薬品の製造管理および品質管理に関する規則(GMP )に準じて生産を行う最初の工場です。飼料用ならびに高純度の医薬・食品用ビタミンB2 を生産します。同工場は、韓国のエンジニアとBASF ドイツ本社の専門家とのチームワークにより完成しました。
 ビタミンB2 の新工場は、群山拠点にあるインフラと最適に結びつき、既存のリジン醗酵施設との間で相乗効果を得ることができます。リジンは主に飼料に使用される必須アミノ酸です。年間約10 万トンのリジン生産能力を持つ群山の工場は、BASF にとって重要な醗酵拠点です。
 BASF は天然のAshbya gossypii 菌を使い、植物油を1 段階発酵することによりビタミンB2 を製造します。発酵とは微生物の助けを借りて物質を変換させることです。BASF は世界に先駆けて、工業規模でのビタミンB2 の生産を化学合成からバイオテクノロジーへ変換しました。BASFの醗酵法は、経済的な優位性と環境上の利点とを兼ね備える「ホワイト・バイオテクノロジー」の卓越した事例であると、米コンサルティング会社のマッキンゼーやドイツ・フライブルクにあるエコ・インスティテュートなどの先進的な組織も認めています。
 ビタミンB2 は水溶性ビタミンで、医薬品・食品・飼料への使用が拡大しており、年間4 %での需要の成長が見込まれています。ビタミンB2 は食物や飲料の添加剤、ならびにビタミン剤などの栄養補助食品の成分として使われています。飼料に使用される場合、ビタミンB2 は動物の健康と体力の維持に重要な役割を果たしています。ビタミンB2 が欠乏すると、成長が阻害され、飼料の利用効率が低くなってしまいます。

2003/12/1 BASF


 BASF (本社 ドイツ・ルートヴィッヒスハーフェン)はこのほど、ダイバーサ社(Diversa Corporation 本社:米国カリフォルニア州サンディエゴ)より、医薬中間体のバイオ触媒合成向け酵素を使用するライセンスを取得しました。この酵素を用いてBASF はバイオ触媒を生産し、それを独自のバイオ触媒プロセスのひとつに応用してキラル中間体を合成します。この酵素は、さまざまな化学品向けに、バイオ触媒とバイオプロセスの開発を目指す両社の広範な提携関係のもとで、ライセンスされた初の商品となります。
 BASF中間体本部の開発担当ディレクターのウド・ロイデは、「今回、バイオ触媒合成向け酵素の使用をライセンス契約したことは、ダイバーサ社との提携関係における記念すべき事柄です。BASF は、独自のバイオ触媒プロセス技術をさらに活用してキラル中間体を使った製品群を拡大し、お客さまからの個々のニーズに対応していきます」と述べています。BASF は要請された化合物をラボスケールから商業生産に至るまで短期間で納品し、規制や物流面でのサポートを顧客に提供しています。必要に応じて顧客との技術提携を結ぶこともあります。さらに新しい酵素のライセンスを受けたことで、バイオ触媒プロセスにおけるBASF の強力な技術力が補完されることになります。BASF は、バイオ触媒分
野で20 年以上の経験を持ち、生細胞や酵素を用いたビタミン(ビタミンB2 )、アミノ酸(リジン)、ファインケミカル(キラル中間体:ChiPros)の生産に、バイオ触媒プロセスを使用しています。
 光学活性体であるキラル中間体は、農薬や医薬品などのライフサイエンス分野で重要な役割を担っています。厳しい規制への対応が求められる中、低毒性、高効力、製造コストの削減が期待されるキラル中間体の需要は高まっています。BASF は同社のユニークなキラル中間体の製品群を「ChiPros」(キプロス)という商標名で製品の差別化を図り、幅広い商品を販売しています。
 例えば、光学活性アミン類、アルコール、エポキサイド、酸、およびこれらの誘導体を製品として持ち、製品ポートフォリオは拡大を続けています。今回、BASF に使用が認められた酵素は、ダイバーサのDiscoveryPoint(ディスカバリーポイント)酵素プラットフォームのひとつから誘導されたものです。ダイバーサは、製造コストの削減と新しい中間体の開発を促進する目的で、キラル医薬品やファインケミカルのメーカーのニーズに応えるべく、これらの酵素プラットフォームを開発しました。
 ダイバーサとBASF は、高機能のバイオ触媒を開発するために、2002 年の初めより協力してきました。ダイバーサ社の社長兼CEO のジェイ M. ショートは、「BASF 社への酵素のライセンスにより、2003 年の目標であった製品化を実現したことになり、当社の短期的な製品売上の拡大に貢献します。今後も継続して両者の提携関係のもとで、製品がライセンスされることを期待しています」と述べています。

BASF Group について
 BASF (ビーエーエスエフ)は、原油と天然ガスの他、化学品、プラスチック、高機能製品、農薬、ファインケミカル等の高付加価値製品をお客様に提供する世界の化学業界のリーディング・カンパニーです。BASF の統合生産・経営システムは、ドイツ語の「フェアブント」として知られ、同社の特異な強みであり、コスト面での優位性と競争力をもたらしています。BASF は「持続可能な発展」の基本方針に則って企業活動を行っています。2002 年度は約320 億ユーロ(約340億ドル)の売上高を計上し、世界で8 万9000 人の従業員を抱えています。BASF の株式はフランクフルト(BAS )、ロンドン(BFA )、ニューヨーク(BF )、パリ(BA )、チューリッヒ(BAS )の各株式市場において取引されています。同社のインターネットホームページアドレスは です。BASF ジャパン(株)のインターネットホームページのアドレスは です。

 ダイバーサ社(ナスダック:DVSA )は、独自のゲノム技術を応用し、遺伝子および遺伝子経路に関する迅速な発見と新製品の最適化を実現するリーディングカンパニーです。同社は、最適なモノクローン抗体や経口活性薬など医薬品に応用でき商業的に価値のある分子や、農業、化学、そして工業用途に応用できる酵素や微小分子などの発見、開発、生産に使用する統合技術を開発しています。また、ダウケミカル(The Dow Chemical Company )、デュポン・バイオベースト・マテリアルズ(DuPont Bio-Based Materials )、ジボダン・フレーバー(Givaudan Flavors Corporation )、グラクソ・スミスクライン(GlaxoSmithKline plc )、インビトロジェン・コーポレーション(Invitrogen Corporation )、シンジェンタ(Syngenta AG )の系列会社など、数多くの業界のリーディングカンパニーと提携関係や合弁会社を設立しています。詳細については、ダイバーサのウェブサイト( )をご覧ください。

Diversa Corporation is a leader in applying proprietary genomic technologies for the rapid discovery and optimization of novel products from genes and gene pathways. Diversa is directing its integrated portfolio of technologies to the discovery, evolution, and production of commercially valuable molecules with pharmaceutical applications, such as optimized monoclonal antibodies and orally active drugs, as well as enzymes and small molecules with agricultural, chemical, and industrial applications.

Diversa has formed alliances and joint ventures with market leaders, such as The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont Bio-Based Materials, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Invitrogen Corporation, and affiliates of Syngenta AG.

2003年12月10日 BASF




(1) 将来性の高い分野に設備投資を集中させる
(2) 顧客のニーズに照準を合わせたイノベーション(革新)、そしてビジネスモデルの構築
(3) ナノテクノロジー、材料科学、エネルギー管理技術、バイオテクノロジーの分野における技術革新によるビジネスチャンスの発掘



1. 将来性の高い分野に経営資源を集中させる
 今後、新規に投資を決定する際、市場の魅力と収益性という観点から、最も将来性がある分野に経営資源を集中させます。投資判断を行うにあたっては、主要業績評価指標(KPI)、すなわち資本コスト控除後のEBIT (利息・税金控除前利益)が最も重要な指標となります。



2. イノベーション・プロセスの初期段階で顧客のニーズを取り込む


3. 技術革新は新たなビジネスチャンスを生む




 新たなロゴの基本となる「BASF」の4文字は、伝統および明確な戦略の継続を意味します。文字の前にある2つの正方形は相互に補完しあい、両方が一緒になって初めて完全な四角となることから、双方の成功を実現させるパートナーシップとコラボレーションを意味しています。また、下部に配置した「The Chemical Company」の文字は、BASFが世界をリードする化学会社であり、今後もあり続けるために取り組んでいく姿勢、そしてそれに対する誇りを示しています。

■ BASF Groupについて

2003/12/16 Celanese

BASF to acquire Ticona's nylon 6,6 engineering plastics business

BASF and Ticona, the technical polymers business of Celanese AG, have reached an agreement under which BASF will acquire the worldwide nylon 6,6 business of Ticona, effective December 31, 2003. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. In 2002, the business to be sold generated sales of around Euro 45 million.

BASF will obtain all intellectual property rights, licenses and customer lists for Ticona'snylon 6,6 products, which are currently marketed under the CelaneseÒ brand name. BASF will not acquire any manufacturing sites, equipment or related assets as part of the transaction. For a period of time, Ticona will compound nylon 6,6 for BASF from its Bishop, Texas, and Florence, Kentucky, sites pursuant to a transitional services agreement.

As a world-leading supplier of nylon 6, BASF'sacquisition of Ticona'snylon 6,6 business will complement and enhance the range of product solutions we can offer customers,said Raimar Jahn, President of BASF'sPerformance Polymers division. We are dedicated to being the supplier of choice for engineering plastic customers around the world.

The sale of the 6,6 nylon business is a further step in Celanese'soverall strategy of focusing on those products which hold a leading global market position,said Lyndon Cole, member of the Celanese AG management board and President of Ticona. Ticona does not have the critical mass in nylon 6,6 to achieve our strategic objectives over the long term.

Young & Partners of New York assisted in the transaction.

01/14/04 BASF

BASF divests Phenoxy Business

Focus on higher growth products
Nufarm to buy business

BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany will divest the so-called phenoxy herbicide business (agrochemicals to control weeds, globally known under the trade names U 46® and Duplosan® ) to Nufarm Limited, Melbourne, Australia. The sale comprises the six active ingredients 2,4-D, MCPA, Mecoprop-P, Mecoprop, Dichlorprop-P and Dichlorprop with sales of about Euro40 million in 2002. The transaction includes registrations, trademarks, intellectual property rights, customer lists and inventories.

The purchase price for this business including inventories amounts to Euro42 million. Both companies expect to close the transaction early 2004.

s existing business with combinations of the above mentioned six active ingredients with innovative BASF herbicides does not form part of the divestiture. BASF will source the phenoxy active ingredients for these mixture products from Nufarm.

For BASF, this is another step in focusing our Agricultural Products business on higher growth products,says Hans W. Reiners, President of BASFs Agricultural Products division. "There are products in our portfolio which, like the phenoxy herbicides, make a better strategic fit with a specialized company, such as Nufarm.

Phenoxy herbicides were introduced to agriculture about 50 years ago and continue to play an important role in weed control. Currently, they represent about 4% of the global herbicide market.

With sales of Euro3 billion in 2002, BASF
s Agricultural Products division, is a leading supplier and marketer of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Based on its broad experience in R&D, manufacturing, marketing and sales, the vision of BASFs Agricultural Products division is to be the worlds leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information on BASF Agricultural Products can be found on the web at

Nufarm Limited is an Australian-based company, headquartered in Melbourne, with strong capabilities in chemical synthesis, sales and marketing. Through a global network of manufacturing and formulation facilities, Nufarm specializes in crop protection and has a number of industrial, fine and performance chemicals businesses. Nufarm employs more than 2,500 people at its various locations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Further information can be found on the Internet at

2004/8/24 BASF

BASF officially inaugurates its new citral plant in Ludwigshafen
  Total of Euro300 million invested in citral and its derivatives at the Ludwigshafen site
  Citral becomes key building block for BASFs fine chemicals

Today, August 24, 2004, BASF will officially inaugurate a new production plant for the fine chemicals intermediate citral at its Ludwigshafen site. The world-scale plant, which has an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tons, replaces an existing plant with a capacity of 10,000 metric tons per year. As a result, citral will become the key building block for BASFs fine chemicals, forming the starting point for the production of vitamins A and E, as well as carotenoids and an extended range of aroma chemicals. Products based on citral are used in animal and human nutrition and in the health and cosmetics sectors.

Such markets are close to the consumer. They are very large, show long-term stability and are likely to grow in the coming years,said Peter Oakley, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF Aktiengesellschaft responsible for the Agricultural Products & Nutrition segment. BASF expects fine chemicals markets to grow by about 6 percent on average by 2010. In particular, this growth will be driven by the constantly increasing world population, the rising level of incomes in threshold and developing countries, as well as the rising health awareness of many people.

With the startup of the plant, BASF has implemented a key project in its Euro300 million investment program for fine chemicals at the Ludwigshafen site. The goal of investing in citral and its derivatives is to strengthen the company
s activities in this field in the long term and further expand on BASFs position as the world leader. The new citral plant not only offers a guarantee that we can reliably supply our customers with the products they require, but also marks an important step toward ensuring our competitiveness,said Martin Laudenbach, head of BASFs Fine Chemicals division. At present, the global fine chemicals business is characterized by increasing pressure on margins due to new suppliers, in particular in Asia.

s citral synthesis benefits from the synergies offered by the Ludwigshafen Verbund site and can be traced back as far as the basic chemicals from the steam cracker. The first citral plant at the Ludwigshafen site started operations in 1981 and had an annual capacity of 2,200 metric tons, which was increased stepwise to 10,000 metric tons. With a capacity of 40,000 metric tons per year, the new plant inaugurated today is many times larger than that of the next largest competitor. The new plant, which uses the first continuous process for citral, and the subsequent production stages are based on numerous innovative process steps and catalyst systems that have been developed by BASFs researchers in recent years. Overall, the new plant will significantly simplify production structures for fine chemicals, thus reducing production costs.

Processes with superior efficiency like this one strengthen and develop the Ludwigshafen site,explained Dr. Albert Heuser, site manager of the Ludwigshafen Verbund site. The new citral plant is an outstanding example of a major project in Ludwigshafen through which we are investing in the future of both our site and that of the region,he continued. In fine chemicals production alone at the Ludwigshafen site, more than 500 jobs depend on citral and its derivatives. The new plant will also strengthen a further 1,000 competitive jobs in the areas of maintenance, logistics and other services, both at the Ludwigshafen site and in the region.

BASF 2004/8/31

BASF plans to invest in a polyurethanes specialties site in Shanghai

Site in Pudong, Shanghai establishes a new level of closeness to customers
System house, product development and TPU production at a single site
Chinese polyurethanes market expected to grow by about 10 percent per year in the next 10 years

BASF is expanding its polyurethanes activities in Asia with a planned investment in a new specialties site in Pudong, Shanghai. Polyurethanes specialties tailored to the requirements of Chinese customers are to be produced in Pudong from early 2007 onward. Approval for the project is currently being sought from the authorities in Shanghai. Construction is planned to start next year.

The project will comprise a polyurethane
system house, a Technical Research & Development Center and a production plant for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU). These activities will be integrated in one company, BASF Polyurethanes Specialties (China) Co. Ltd. The new site will use the cost advantages provided by the regional Production Verbund for polyurethane: MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) and TDI (toluene diisocyanate) - basic materials needed to produce specialties in Pudong - will be supplied from Caojing, Shanghai. Here, BASF and its partners are planning to start up a world-scale production plant for these isocyanates in 2006.

Basic products and specialties from a single source
Following the investment in MDI and TDI we are now taking the logical second step to further expand our position in polyurethanes in the Chinese market,said Jean-Pierre Dhanis, President of BASFs Polyurethanes division. In the future, we will be able to supply our customers in the region with locally produced polyurethane basic products and specialties from a single source. In addition, we will offer our customers individual service packages in the area of polyurethane specialties,he continued. The planned system house will, for example, produce special polyurethane formulations developed in close collaboration with customers from a variety of industries. In Nansha, south China, BASF has been operating a system house since 1999. Globally, BASF operates 27 system houses, five of them in Asia.

In the coming 10 years, the Chinese polyurethanes market is expected to grow by about 10 percent per year and is likely to become the world
s largest market by 2015. In particular, product innovations will contribute to this above-average growth. At our new regional Technical R&D Center we will realize innovative approaches from the Asian markets in a much shorter time,said Chew Eng Soo, Group Vice President Polyurethanes Asia Pacific at BASF.

The new Technical Research & Development Center in Pudong will liaise closely with the existing development centers in Taiwan, Korea, Japan and North America as well as with the German sites Ludwigshafen and Lemforde, which are acting as the global BASF polyurethane research centers. This will ensure that BASF has a powerful global network for research and innovation in the field of polyurethanes.

TPU production benefits from global network
The planned production facility for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) in Pudong will also benefit from this network. TPU is a versatile type of plastic that can be processed in a number of different ways for specific applications. Thermoplastic polyurethanes are characterized by their high elasticity and durability and are used, for example, in the soles of sports shoes and in cable coatings. The new production plant will supply China and a large proportion of the Asian market. BASF operates production facilities for TPU in Lemforde, Germany; Yokkaichi, Japan; Wyandotte, Michigan; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

BASF is one of the world
s leading suppliers of polyurethane specialties. Polyurethanes are versatile plastics with a huge range of applications, and their properties can be customized to suit individual uses. Polyurethane products are used in the automotive industry, for thermal insulation in construction and refrigeration technology, in the electronics industry, in the manufacture of shoes and furniture, as well as in sports and leisure articles.

2004/12/3 BASF

BASF expands capacity of its world-scale MDI plant in Antwerp by 25 percent*XLbcp26*

Extension to 450,000 metric tons per year
Plant serves increasing demand in Europe and Asia
Polyurethanes market worldwide develops even more positively than expected

BASF will expand the capacity of its world
s largest plant for MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) in Antwerp, Belgium, from a current figure of 360,000 metric tons per year to 450,000 metric tons per year. The expansion will be completed in the second quarter of 2005. The additional capacity is intended to meet the increasing demand for MDI in Europe; some of the additional amount is also intended for the growing Asian market. MDI is an important basic product in the production of polyurethanes.

The European and global polyurethanes markets are developing even more positively than we expected. For the coming 10 years in Europe, we expect annual growth of about 5 percent,said Dr. Reinhard Leppkes, head of the Polyurethanes Regional Business Unit Europe at BASF. Demand for MDI will increase accordingly. The European MDI market ? including the Middle East and Africa ? has already reached a volume of 1.3 million metric tons and averaged double-digit growth rates in 2003 and 2004.

The capacity expansion to 450,000 metric tons is the third expansion within a short period. At the beginning of 2003, BASF expanded the capacity of the plant, which originally had an annual capacity of
230,000 metric tons, to 320,000 metric tons per year. In the same year, additional optimization measures were implemented to bring the plant to its current annual capacity of 360,000 metric tons. In view of the strong growth in demand, we are parallel to the current expansion already taking steps to further increase the capacity of our Antwerp plant,said Leppkes.

In addition to Antwerp, BASF also operates world-scale MDI plants in
Geismar, Texas, and Yeosu, Korea. Together with partners, the company is also currently constructing an integrated world-scale production complex for MDI and TDI in Caojing, Shanghai, which is scheduled for completion in 2006.

2004/12/21 BASF

Polyisocyanate plant to be built in Shanghai Chemical Industry Park        塗料原料用
Worldwide expansion of coatings raw materials business continues

BASF is investing in a new polyisocyanate plant in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing near Shanghai, China. Construction of the plant, with an annual capacity of around 8000 metric tons, is to begin mid-2005. It is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2006. The resulting polyisocyanates, raw materials for the manufacture of automotive, industrial and wood paints, will supply the entire Asian market. The investment amounts to around $US30 million.

We will gradually but systematically expand our worldwide business in coatings raw materials with production plants in the regions that count for us, explains Dr. Gerd Lobbert, head of BASFs Performance Chemicals for Coatings, Plastics and Specialties unit. In Europe, BASF is already one of the leading suppliers of coatings raw materials.

Through imports, BASF has continually developed its market share in Asia as well. Construction of the new polyisocyanate plant in Caojing will further improve BASF
s position in this region, especially in China, says Lobbert.

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2005/2/23 BASF

BASF to strengthen business with engineering plastics in Asia by new production facilities

  • New compounding facility in Shanghai, China
  • Expansion of compounding plant in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia
  • Asia Pacific engineering plastics market expected to grow by about 8 percent on average per year

BASF will significantly expand its compounding capacities for engineering plastics in the Asia-Pacific region in the next two years.

The company will build a new compounding plant at its existing Pudong site in Shanghai, China. Construction of the new facility will start in the first quarter 2005. The plant will have an annual capacity of about 45,000 metric tons. It is scheduled to come on stream by end of 2006.

In addition, BASF is expanding its compounding facility in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. The expansion from 30,000 metric tons to about 45,000 metric tons annual production capacity will be completed by the second quarter of 2005. Together with the plant in Pudong, the total investment will range in the double-digit million Euro area. Both plants produce Ultramid
® (polyamide PA) and Ultradur® (polybutylene perephthalate PBT) compounds.

The expansion of our compounding capacities is a strategic decision to meet the future demand of our customers in the fast growing market for engineering plastics in Asia, said Raimar Jahn, President of BASF Performance Polymers. In the next 10 years, the Asia Pacific market for engineering plastics is expected to grow on average by about 8 percent per year. Expanding the engineering plastics business in Asia is another step towards BASFs goal to generate 20 percent of sales and earnings in its chemical activities in Asia Pacific and increase the share of local production to 70 % by 2010.

Raw materials for the plants in Pudong, Shanghai, and Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, will be partially supplied from BASF
´s 50-50 joint venture with Toray in Kuantan, Malaysia. The joint venture is designed for an annual production of 60,000 metric tons polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) base resin. The foundation of the joint venture was announced in February 2004. Construction work is on schedule and the plant is expected to start commercial production in the first quarter of 2006.

After the two investments in Pudong and Pasir Gudang have been completed, BASF
´s compounding capacity for engineering plastics in the Asian region will exceed 100,000 metric tons per year. We will be able to supply our customers in the region even better with well-established, high quality engineering plastic compounds from local production. Our aim is to be partner of choice and to help our customers to be more successful, said Dr. Willy Hoven-Nievelstein, Group Vice President of BASF´s Engineering Plastics business in Asia Pacific.

Engineering plastics are, for example, used in automotive construction as well as the electrical and electronics industries. Some innovative applications include specific intake manifolds, oil sumps, gear control units, sensors, cylinder head covers, air spring and cooling elements but also roof frames and highly integrated laserstructurable electronic devices. As part of the compounding process, plastic resins are melted and mixed with additives such as glass fibers or minerals in order to produce tailor-made products for the customers. Final products are, among others, BASF
´s Engineering Plastics Ultradur® and Ultramid®.

The new investment in Pudong will further strengthen the site as a manufacturing base for BASF's plastics. As previously announced BASF is also building integrated polyurethanes specialties facilities there. Production is expected to begin in 2007.

Platts 2005/3/22

BASF shifting Texas plasticizers base from ethylene to butene

BASF announced late Monday $60-mil worth of plasticizer projects in Texas for its planned
transition from an ethylene-based plasticizer producer to one which is based on butene.

BASF plans to convert an existing 125,000 mt/yr 2-ethyl hexanol plant in Pasadena to produce 120,000 mt/yr of 2-propyl heptanol. To partially offset this change, BASF has increased its 2-EH capacity in Freeport by 40,000 mt/yr to 120,000 mt/yr. In addition, the company will build a 125,000 mt/yr ester plant in Pasadena targeted to start-up parallel with the 2-PH conversion during the second half of 2006.
This is meant to coincide with the expiration of an existing tolling agreement with Sunoco, BASF added. The Freeport 2-EH expansion will continue to support downstream derivatives including di-octyl phthalate and 2-EH.

  現状   投資後
Pasadena 2-etyle hexanol 125,000t/y 2-propyl heptanol 120,000t/y
---- ester 125,000t/y
Freeport 2-etyle hexanol 80,000t/y 2-etyle hexanol 120,000t/y

2006/9/1 BASF

BASF completes conversion of Pasadena, Texas, unit to 2-PH

BASF has started operation of its new 120,000 mt/year 2-propyl heptanol plant at Pasadena, Texas, following the successful conversion of its former 125,000 mt/year 2-ethyl hexanol plant, the company said in a press statement Friday.

BASF first announced plans in Q1 2005 to change to a butene-based plasticizer producer from an ethylene-based product mix in Q1 2005. As the first part of plasticizer platform restructuring effort at the Pasadena site, BASF said this alcohol production unit is the basis for the company's domestic production of DPHP (di-propyl heptyl phthalate).

Also, expansion of BASF's Freeport, Texas, 2-ethyl hexanol production capacity to 160,000 mt/year from 120,000 mt/year was completed in the second quarter of 2006. BASF said this expansion partially offsets the loss in 2-EH capacity at Pasadena with the conversion to 2-PH.

BASF also said start-up of its DPHP and diisononyl phthalate (DINP) unit at Pasadena was scheduled for Q1 2007.

BASF 2005/7/6

BASF acquires Huntsmans global TDI business

BASF has acquired Huntsmans global toluene diisocyanate (TDI) business, effective July 6, 2005. Financial terms for this agreement were not disclosed.

The transaction involves Huntsman transferring its TDI customer list and sales contracts to BASF. This agreement does not include any transfer of manufacturing operations or personnel. Huntsman and BASF will coordinate efforts to facilitate an effective transition of supply arrangements and support services for Huntsmans TDI customers.

BASF is committed to the global TDI market and looks forward to establishing a successful relationship with Huntsmans former customers and supplying consistent, high-quality TDI to them,said Jean-Pierre Dhanis, President of BASFs Polyurethanes division.

BASF has TDI production facilities in Geismar, Louisiana; Schwarzheide, Germany; Yeosu, Korea; and, commencing in 2006, in Caojing, China (in cooperation with Chinese partners).

The isocyanate TDI is an important basic product in the manufacture of polyurethanes. Polyurethanes are versatile plastics with a huge range of applications, and their properties can be customized to suit individual uses. Polyurethane products are used in the automotive industry, for thermal insulation in construction and refrigeration technology, in the electronics industry, in the manufacture of shoes and furniture, as well as in sports and leisure articles.

2005/7/6 Huntsman


Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced the sale of its toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) business to BASF, effective July 6, 2005.

The sale involves the transfer to BASF of Huntsman
s TDI customer list and sales contracts. Huntsmans Geismar, Louisiana TDI manufacturing plant will not be transferred pursuant to the transaction but will be closed.

Commenting on the sale, Huntsman
s polyurethanes U.S. Vice President, Greg Geaman, said, "This sale represents a win-win-win situation for our TDI customers, Huntsman and BASF. We are focused on our MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) business, with TDI representing approximately 2% of our total polyurethanes segment revenues in 2004. The sale now leaves us free to focus on MDI growth opportunities, while our customers will continue to enjoy ongoing service and support for their TDI needs from BASF.

Huntsman expects to incur aggregate charges of approximately $39 million in connection with the sale, including a $27 million non-cash write-down of fixed assets and $12 million in cash charges, which include a $10 million net contract termination charge. Huntsman expects to record $37 million of the aggregate charges in the second quarter of 2005, with the remaining $2 million to be recorded by the second quarter of 2006.

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of commodity and differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture basic products for a variety of global industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, textiles, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging, and later, rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has revenues of $11.5 billion, 11,300 employees and 62 operations in 22 countries.