Business Segments

Since January 1, 2019, BASF’s twelve divisions are grouped into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. This new segment structure sharpens our portfolio and increases transparency. 

Businesses are clustered to improve customer experience and to fully realize Verbund synergies as exemplified by the “connectors” in the graph depicted below:

  • We develop our production processes using a central R&D platform. As a result, plants in different businesses can benefit from the experiences of others.
  • Catalysis is a core technology that is fundamental to more than 90% of our production.
  • We have unique formulation know-how that is used in many businesses and allows us to support customers.
  • Biosciences and the markets for nutritional products combine elements of the Nutrition & Care segment and the Agricultural Solutions segment.
  • In many cases, different businesses supply the same customer industry. The most prominent example is the automotive industry.
  • We are building up a digital Verbund to harvest the advantages the vast amount of data across all segments offers us.

1 Until signing of a transaction agreement, Construction Chemicals will be reported under Surface Technologies

Key facts

  • 6 segments comprising 12 operating divisions with 86 strategic business units
  • Our portfolio ranges from basic petrochemicals to agricultural solutions
  • The divisions and strategic business units are organized according to business models and value chains 
  • In around 75% of our businesses, we are in a top three position



Surface Technologies

Nutrition & Care

Agricultural Solutions


Last Update June 17, 2019