Business Segments

Since January 1, 2019, BASF’s eleven divisions are grouped into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. This 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 graphic 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 advantages from the vast amount of data we collect across all segments. 

Information on the business development of the segments in 2020, including impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, can be found in BASF’s quarterly statements.

1 Since the signing of a divestment agreement, Construction Chemicals is reported as a discontinued operation and the respective assets are reported under Other

Key facts

  • 6 segments comprising 11 operating divisions with 76 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 70% of our businesses, we are in one of the top three market positions



Industrial Solutions

Surface Technologies

Nutrition & Care

Agricultural Solutions


Last Update June 19, 2020