China (Mainland)

History

130 Years of BASF in China

At the end of 1885, 20 years after founding Badische Anilin- & Sodafabrik, a director by the name of Theodor Sproesser traveled to China. His job was to convince the Chinese of the benefits offered by our dyes. At the time, this was a very risky but ultimately successful endeavor. Almost everything has changed in China since then. BASF now achieves sales of around 5.5 billion euros and operates state-of-the-art factories in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We are the largest foreign investor in chemistry and cooperate closely with our local partners, especially Sinopec.

Modest beginnings: BASF in 1866

1865-1901

The birth of the chemical industry and the era of dyes

The first shipment of methanol leaves the Leuna site on September 26, 1923.

1902-1924

The Haber-Bosch process and the era of fertilizers 

The Ludwigshafen and Oppau sites in 1929

1925-1944

New forms of high-pressure synthesis

Rhine front of the southern plant section of the Ludwigshafen site, around 1955

1945-1964

A fresh start, and the dawn of the era of plastics

In the Realm of Chemistry: 100 years of BASF

1965-1989

The road to becoming a transnational company

Innovative fungicide

1990-2014

Sustainable Start to the New Millennium