BASF SE: BASF – the world’s leading chemical company

In 1865, Friedrich Engelhorn founded the “Badische Anilin- und Soda-Fabrik” (BASF) for the production of coal tar dyes in Mann­­­heim. Today BASF is the world’s lead­­ing chemical company: The Chemical Company. BASF combines eco­­nomic success, so­­cial responsibility and environmental protection.

Through science and innovation BASF en­­ables its customers in almost all in­­dus­­tries to meet the current and future needs of society. BASF’s products and system so­­lutions contribute to conserving re­­sources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life.

In Ludwigshafen, BASF SE operates the largest integrated chemical site in the world. It is the seat of the company’s ma­n­­agement board and, as the technology platform and competence centre of the BASF Group, an important source of prod­­uct and process innovations. The ten-square-kilometre-large site encompasses around 106 kilometres of roads, 230 kilo­­metres of railway tracks and about 2,750 kilometres of surface pipe­­lines. Approxi­­mately 39,000 employees of BASF SE and its group companies work in around 160 plants, several hundred labo­­ra­­to­­ries, work­­­­shops and offices.


  1. Address

    D-67056 Ludwigshafen

    Telefon +49 (0) 621 60-0

    Telefax +49 (0) 621 60-42525

  2. Executive board

    Dr. Kurt Bock
    Dr. Martin Brudermüller
    (Vice Chairman of the Board
    of Executive Directors)
    Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel
    Michael Heinz
    Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer
    Dr. Harald Schwager
    Wayne T. Smith
    Margret Suckale


  3. Year of establishment

  4. Employees

    approximately 113,000 worldwide
  5. Turnover

    78.7 billion euros
  6. Business activity

    Chemicals, plastics,
    performance products,
    agricultural solutions, oil and gas