In addition to innovations, investments and acquisitions make a decisive contribution toward achieving our ambitious growth goals. We use targeted acquisitions to supplement our organic growth.


By investing in our plants, we create the conditions for our desired growth while constantly improving the efficiency of our production processes. For the period from 2018 to 2022, we have planned investments in property, plant and equipment 1 totaling €19.0 billion. Investments and acquisitions alike are prepared by interdisciplinary teams and assessed using diverse criteria. In this way, we ensure that economic, environmental and social concerns are included in strategic decision-making.

Investments in property, plant and equipment by segment 2018 - 2022
Chemicals 25% 1
Performance Products 16% 2
Functional Materials & Solutions 19% 3
Agricultural Solutions 4%
Oil & Gas 18% 5
Other (infrastructure, R&D) 18% 6
Investments in property, plant and equipment by region 2018 - 2022
Europe 54% 1
North America 19% 2
Asia Pacific 14% 3
South America, Africa, Middle East
8% 4
Alternative sites currently being investigated
5% 5

1 Excluding additions to property, plant and equipment resulting from acquisitions, capitalized exploration, restoration obligations and IT investments

Last Update 27 February 2018