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Who we are
Who we are

We create chemistry – Innovations for the future

A growing need for food, energy and clean water for a booming world population, limited resources and protecting the climate – reconciling all these factors is the greatest challenge of our time. Innovations based on chemistry play a key role here, as they contribute decisively to new solutions.

Research facts and figures 2018


employees in research and development worldwide

~2,028 million €

 expenses for research and development


R&D locations worldwide


R&D projects


new patents worldwide in 2018

15 Minute Pit Stops

With our innovations in battery materials, electric cars will recharge in just 15 minutes in 2025. How would you use these 15 minutes to "recharge yourself" while you recharge your car? See how BASF's innovations in battery materials inspired a global film competition and why we are optimistic about the future of e-mobility.

Our Research

At BASF, more than 11,000 employees worldwide work in research and development on innovations for the chemical industry.

Our Innovations at BASF

BASF is one of the world's most innovative companies. Innovations are our wellspring and our driving force. With our products and processes, we provide sustainable solutions for global challenges.

Creative solutions and efficient research by interdisciplinary, diverse teams

Our Way to Innovations

For BASF, innovation is the key to successfully standing out from the crowd in a challenging market environment. Our innovative strength is based on our global team of highly qualified employees with various specializations.

Research facts and figures 2017


     employees in research and

      development worldwide



      R&D locations worldwide



     patents filed

~1,888 million

  expenditures in research and
    development in 2017



                           R&D projects