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 subsidiary and affiliate companies work in around 160 plants, several hundred laboratories, workshops and offices.
Executive boardDr. Kurt Bock
(Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors)
Dr. Martin Brudermüller
(Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors)
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel
Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer
Dr. Harald Schwager
Wayne T. Smith
Year of establishment1865
Employeesover 113,000 worldwide
Turnover78.7 billion euros
Business activityChemicals, plastics,
crop protection products, oil and gas