BASF’s Catalysts division is the global market leader in catalyst technologies. The division develops and produces mobile emissions catalysts as well as process catalysts and technologies. It also provides precious metals sourcing and management services. In addition, the division is the home of BASF’s battery materials business. BASF expands its leading role in catalyst technology through continuous process and product innovation.
|Region||Sales in %|
|South America, Africa, Middle East||7%||4|
|Direct customer industry||Sales in %|
|Chemicals & plastics||10%||2|
|Energy & resources||9%||3|
1 Excluding precious metal trading
BASF’s emissions abatement catalysts enable cost-effective regulatory compliance, providing technologies that control emissions from gasoline and diesel-powered passenger cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and off-road vehicles.
BASF is the leading global manufacturer of catalysts for the chemical industry, with solutions across the chemical value chain. The business also provides oil refining technology catalysts, including fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts, co-catalysts and additives. It also offers adsorbents, which are used for purification, moisture control and sulfur recovery.
BASF is a leading global supplier of advanced cathode active materials (CAM) for the lithium-ion batteries market, providing high density CAM to the world’s largest cell producers and into leading platforms of OEMs. BASF has a global presence with R&D and production capacity operating or announced in all regions, often leveraging partnerships to improve competitiveness. BASF is a frontrunner in developing innovative solutions and conducting future-generation battery materials research.
The global business unit precious and base metal services supports BASF’s catalysts business and its customers with services related to precious and base metals sourcing and management. It purchases, sells, distributes, stores and offers transportation services. It also provides a variety of pricing and delivery arrangements to meet logistical, financial and price-risk management requirements. In addition, the business produces precious metal salts and solutions and is a global leader in precious metals recycling and refining.
For mobile emissions catalysts, the focus is on improved products to meet future vehicle emission standards. In the process catalysts business, priority is given to developing new and improved products. For battery materials, the focus is on delivering solutions that can improve energy density and therefore capacity for extended range for e-mobility applications.
(from 2015 onward)
|Mobile emissions catalysts||Capacity expansion in Shanghai, China||2015|
|New manufacturing plant in Chennai, India||2017|
|New manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand||2018|
|New specialty zeolites manufacturing plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany||2019|
|Capacity expansion in Środa Śląska, Poland||2020|
|Process catalysts||New chemical catalysts manufacturing plant in Caojing, China||2017|
|Battery materials||Expansion of R&D laboratory in Beachwood, Ohio||2015|
|BASF TODA Battery Materials LLC formed in Tokyo, Japan||2015|
|License under the IP of CAMX Power for CAM-7™ cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries granted to BASF||2016|
|Expansion of cathode materials plant in Onoda, Japan||2017|
|BASF TODA Americas LLC formed||2018|
|Material services||Capacity expansion at precious metals recycling facility in Cinderford, United Kingdom||2015|
(from 2015 onward)
|Process catalysts||Divestiture of the polyolefin catalysts business||2016|
|Divestiture of the bleaching clay and mineral adsorbents business||2017|
|Battery materials||Divestiture of the electrolytes manufacturing site in Suzhou, China||2017|
This new catalyst from BASF removes the pollutant formaldehyde at room temperature with high efficiency. It is suitable for use in a wide range of portable and large-scale air purification equipment. Formaldehyde is used in the manufacture of building materials and household products, so it is found in homes and buildings as an indoor pollutant. BASF’s Formaldpure® is a thorough, long-life technology that removes formaldehyde from indoor environments and reduces the costs otherwise associated with frequent filter changes.