The Dispersions & Pigments division is the leading global supplier of raw materials used in formulations for a number of industries, including coatings, construction, adhesives, printing and packaging, electronics and paper. Our portfolio encompasses dispersions, pigments, resins and a broad range of additives, such as performance and formulation additives as well as electronic materials. We put a strong emphasis on environmentally friendly systems, such as low-VOC (volatile organic compound) water-based coatings.
Polymer dispersions are water-based systems used in the production of adhesives, sealants, architectural coatings, paper coatings, construction materials and fiber bonding materials. Our strength lies in our backward integration into acrylics, strong technical expertise and application know-how. In addition, our worldwide presence is a key advantage in serving our global customer base.
Pigments are insoluble coloring and iridescent materials used in paints, inks and special applications. BASF is the leading pigment supplier worldwide, with a particular strength in high-performance pigments. Our product portfolio comprises a wide range of organic and inorganic pigments, effect pigments and pigment preparations.
On August 29, 2019, BASF and DIC, a chemical company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, reached an agreement on the acquisition of BASF’s global pigments business. The assets and liabilities to be divested were reclassified to a disposal group in the Dispersions & Pigments division as of this date. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to the approval of the relevant competition authorities.
Resins are film-forming components used in energy-curable coatings, urethane or melamine water-based coatings and inks. The comprehensive product portfolio includes water-based resins, acrylic oligomers, polyisocyanates, amino resins, aldehyde resins, vinyl chloride copolymers and high-solid polyols. Our portfolio offers customers a wide range of environmentally friendly water- based technologies that fulfill regulatory requirements regarding VOC.
BASF offers a broad range of performance and formulation additives that significantly improve the quality and performance of paints and coatings. BASF is the market leader for performance additives, particularly in light stabilizers. Light stabilizers protect paint films against degradation and a number of undesirable effects, including changes in appearance from long-term exposure to UV radiation. Our formulation additives offer solutions in the range of dispersing agents, wetting agents and surface modifiers, defoamers, rheology modifiers and film-forming agents to improve the properties of coatings. Our unique portfolio is based on a broad technology platform and helps performance-driven products to meet the latest and most stringent environmental regulations.
BASF is able to deliver fully customized solutions for next- generation semiconductor and display manufacturing processes and metal systems. Our portfolio includes ultra-pure process chemicals, advanced materials for semiconductor manufacturing, high-end formulations for displays as well as Catamold® and carbonyl iron powder for metal systems. We provide reliable services and innovative solutions to customers in the fast-paced electronics industry.
We invest in research and development to create innovative, differentiating and more sustainable products and solutions. Our innovations allow our customers to offer environmentally friendly solutions with dispersions for applications in the coatings, printing, adhesives and construction industries. In addition, customers benefit from new and improved resins, pigments and formulation additives, which enable them to upgrade the performance of their product portfolio. In electronic materials, the focus is on developing innovative solutions for the electronics industries, for example, for semiconductors. We advance digital and automation solutions in our laboratory environment to optimize our efficiency.
(from 2017 onward)
|Dispersions||Capacity expansion in Ludwigshafen, Germany||2018|
|Capacity expansion in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia||2020|
|Capacity expansion in Castellbisbal, Spain||2020|
|Capacity expansion in Dahej, India||2021|
|Pigments||Capacity expansion in Besigheim, Germany||2017|
|Resins||Capacity expansion in Ludwigshafen, Germany||2016–2019|
|Electronic materials||Acquisition of Rolic AG, Allschwil, Switzerland||2017|
|New plant in Yeosu, South Korea||2017|
|New plant in Jiaxing, China||2018|
(from 2017 onward)
|Dispersions||Divestiture of the Pischelsdorf site, Austria||2018|
|Closure of plant in Callao, Peru||2020|
|Micronal® PCM||Divestiture of the Micronal® PCM business||2017|
|Pigments||Divestiture of the pigments business||2020|
BASF’s dispersions, pigments, resins, additives and electronic materials are produced at 60 sites worldwide. Our most important sites for each product group are listed below.
|Dispersions||Ludwigshafen, Germany; Monaca, Pennsylvania; Shanghai, China; Guaratinguetá, Brazil; Cengkareng, Indonesia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Wyandotte, Michigan; Heerenveen, Netherlands; Hamina, Finland; Dagang, China; Freeport, Texas; Tarragona, Spain; Dahej, India; Huizhou, China|
|Pigments||Ludwigshafen, Besigheim and Cologne, Germany; Monthey, Switzerland; Newport, Delaware; Ulsan, South Korea; Peekskill, New York; North Charleston, South Carolina; Hartwell, Georgia; Huningue, France; Maastricht, Netherlands; Shanghai, China; Guaratinguetá, Brazil|
|Resins||Ludwigshafen and Schwarzheide, Germany; Shanghai, China|
|Additives||Heerenveen, Netherlands; Schweizerhalle, Switzerland; Nanjing, China|
|Electronic materials||Ludwigshafen, Germany; Singapore; Taichung and Kuan Yin, Taiwan; Shanghai, China; Yeosu, South Korea|
Preventing coatings from yellowing is key for automotive refinish coatings. Basonat® HI NG is an aliphatic polyisocyanate hardener for two-component polyurethane (2C PU) coatings. It provides outstanding durability and resistance against light and weather, enabling complex formulations with significantly reduced yellowing compared with standard HI-grade hardeners. With this new product, BASF fulfils the market’s highest technical performance requirements.