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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Segment Chemicals - Products

The success of the Inorganics division is based on a product range comprising basic products for use in our Verbund and specialties for our business with third parties. Our most important basic products are ammonia, methanol, sodium hydroxide, chlorine as well as sulfuric and nitric acid. Our specialties have a clear industry focus, for example for the electronics or pharmaceutical industries. We benefit from the knowledge of our customers’ technological requirements and demands. We are the market leader in electronic chemicals in Asia and Europe.

The Petrochemicals division, with its broad range of basic chemicals, is the backbone of BASF’s value-adding chain. Products such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene and benzene are produced in steam crackers from naphtha or natural gas. In further processing stages, we produce alcohols, solvents and plasticizers for the chemicals and plastics industries. Alkylene oxides and glycols are starting materials for the detergents, automotive, packaging and textile industries.

With its 600 products, our Intermediates division develops, produces and markets the most comprehensive range of intermediates of all producers worldwide. Our product lines include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. They serve as starting materials for products such as coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, crop protection products as well as detergents and cleaners. Worldwide BASF is among the three largest suppliers for all significant intermediates.

PRODUCTS


  • Inorganics: Basic materials for our Verbund and specialties with clear industry focus
  • Petrochemicals: Broad range of basic chemicals for BASF’s value-adding chains as well as external customers
  • Intermediates: With 600 products, the most comprehensive range of intermediates worldwide, multiple market leader

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Production Capacities of Significant Products

 

 

 

Sites

 

Product

Europe

North America

Asia
Pacific

South America,
Africa, Middle
East

Annual capacity
(metric tons)

1

Contains the full capacity of a joint venture company for the production of 600,000 metric tons of ethylene; 300,000 metric tons of propylene; 130,000 metric tons of benzene; 250,000 metric tons of ethylene oxide; 350,000 metric tons of ethylene glycol; 250,000 metric tons of oxo C4 alcohols; 36,000 metric tons of alkylamines, 50,000 metric tons of formic acid; 39,000 metric tons of propionic acid and 160,000 metric tons of acrylic monomers in Nanjing, China, in which BASF has a 50% stake and which is proportionally consolidated in the Group Consolidated Financial Statements.

2

Contains the full capacity of a joint venture company for the production of 935,000 metric tons of ethylene; 830,000 metric tons of propylene and 110,000 metric tons of benzene (including metathesis) in Port Arthur, Texas, in which BASF has a 60% stake.

3

Contains the full capacity of a joint venture company for the production of 410,000 metric tons of butadiene in Port Arthur, Texas, in which BASF has a 22.82% stake and which is proportionally consolidated in the Group Consolidated Financial Statements.

4

Contains the full capacity of a joint venture company for the production of 250,000 metric tons of oxo C4 alcohols; 40,000 metric tons of phthalic anhydride; 100,000 metric tons of plasticizer; 100,000 metric tons of butanediol equivalents and 160,000 metric tons of acrylic monomers in Kuantan, Malaysia, in which BASF has a 60% stake.

5

Contains the full capacity of a joint venture company for the production of 25,000 metric tons of butanediol equivalents in Chiba, Japan, in which BASF has a 67% stake.

6

Contains the full capacity of a joint venture company for the production of 35,000 metric tons of neopentylglycol in Jilin, China, in which BASF has a 60% stake.

7

Contains the full capacity of a joint venture company for the production of 350,000 metric tons of propylene in Tarragona, Spain, in which BASF has a 51% stake.

Alkylamines

X

 

X

X

221,0001

Formic and
propionic acid

X

 

X

 

255,0001 119,0001

Ammonia

X

 

 

 

1,525,000

Benzene

X

X

X

 

820,0001,2

Butadiene

X

X

 

 

515,0003

Butanediol-equivalents

X

X

X

 

585,0004,5

Chlorine

X

 

 

 

385,000

Ethanolamines und derivatives

X

 

 

 

285,000

Ethylene

X

X

X

 

3,235,0001,2

Ethylene oxide

X

X

X

 

1,175,0001

Formaldehyde condensates

X

 

 

 

750,000

Neopentylglycol

X

X

X

 

165,0006

Oxo C4 alcohols
(calculated as butyraldehyde)

X

X

X

 

1,415,0001,4

Polytetrahydrofuran

X

X

X

 

185,000

Propylene

X

X

X

 

2,480,0001,2,7

Plasticizers

X

X

X

 

660,0004

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