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China (Mainland)

We create chemistry for a sustainable future

BASF has been a committed partner to Greater China since 1885.  

With larger production sites in Shanghai, Nanjing and Chongqing, BASF is a major foreign investor in the country’s chemical industry, and operates the Innovation Campus Shanghai, a global and regional research and development hub.

BASF posted sales of approximately €8.5 billion in 2020 to customers in Greater China and employed 8,948 people as of the end of the year. Greater China is currently BASF’s second largest market after the United States.

BASF currently operates 28 major wholly-owned subsidiaries, 7 major joint ventures, and maintains 24 sales offices in Greater China. BASF’s business in Greater China includes petrochemicals, intermediates, performance materials, monomers, dispersions & pigments, performance chemicals, catalysts, coatings, care chemicals, nutrition and health and agricultural solutions.

These solutions are used in almost all areas of daily life such as in houses, cars, food, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, textile, household goods, electronic equipment and packaging. Over the past 20 years, BASF has invested more than €6 billion in Greater China (more than €9 billion with partners) to build a locally competitive production, marketing, sales, technical service and innovation network.