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China (Mainland)

BASF in Greater China

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  more than €7.3 billion in 2018 to customers in Greater China and employed 9,317 people as of the end of the year. Greater China is currently BASF’s third largest market after Germany and the United States. 

BASF currently operates 25 major wholly-owned subsidiaries, nine major joint ventures, and maintains 24 sales offices in Greater China. BASF’s business in Greater China includes petrochemicals, intermediates, performance materials, monomers, dispersions and pigments, performance chemicals, catalysts, coatings, care chemicals, nutrition and health, agricultural solutions and construction chemicals.

These chemicals are used in almost all areas of daily life such as in houses, cars, food, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, textile, household goods, electronic equipment and packaging. 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.

An integrated site with global, regional and local activities for research and development, production, sales and marketing, and functional units

·       Location: Gaoqiao, Pudong, Shanghai

·       Products: Advanced materials including Ultramid® (polyamide / PA), Ultradur® (polybutylene terephthalate / PBT), polyurethane systems, Elastollan® thermoplastics polyurethane elastomers (TPU) and Cellasto® (microcellular polyurethane), acrylic dispersions & copolymers colorants, detergents, metal complex dyes, leather auxiliaries and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)

·       Key milestones:

·       Established in 1994

·       Became a wholly-owned BASF entity in 2000

·       Home to the BASF Greater China headquarters since 2004

·       Innovation Campus Shanghai established in 2012

·       Operating eight production plants and a wastewater treatment plant as of the end of 2018

A major production site with one wholly-owned company and three joint ventures

·       Location: Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing, Shanghai

·       Products: Polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF), TDI (toluene diisocyanate), MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), polyisocyanate (Basonat®), precious metals-based salts and solutions, automotive coatings, resins and electrocoat, polyamide polymerization and process catalysts

·       Key milestones:

·       Established in 2002

·       First PolyTHF® production in 2003

·       Operating 12 production plants as of the end of 2018

·       Major companies:

·       BASF Chemicals Co. Ltd. (wholly-owned)

·       BASF Shanghai Coatings Co. Ltd. (joint venture with Shanghai Huayi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd)

·       Shanghai BASF Polyurethane Company Limited and Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate Co. Ltd. (two joint ventures with several partners)

An integrated Verbund site jointly run by BASF and Sinopec (50-50)

·       Location: Nanjing Jiangbei New Materials High-Tech Park, Nanjing

·       Products: low density polyethylene, ethylene-vinyl acetate, ethylene glycol, polystyrene, acrylic acid and acrylic esters, non-ionic surfactants, superabsorbent polymers, n-butanol, iso-butanol, 2-propyl-heptanol, butadiene, polyisobutene, etc.

·       Key milestones:

·       Established in 2000

·       Commercial production since 2005

·       Inauguration of its second phase in 2012

·       Operating 32 production plants by end of 2018

·       Published 2018 facts and figures:

·       Total investment of $5.2 billion

·       1,893 employees

·       Sales in 2018: about CNY 21.6 billion

BASF wholly-owned production site of MDI

·       Location: Changshou Economic & Technological Development Area, Chongqing

·       Product: methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) with annual capacity: 400,000 metric tons

·       Key milestones:

·       First MDI production in 2015

·       Steam methane reformer completed in 2018

·       Total investment: approximately CNY 8 billion