The Performance Materials division brings together BASF’s entire materials know-how regarding innovative, customized plastics under one roof. Active in four major industry sectors – transportation, consumer goods, industrial applications and construction – the division has a strong portfolio of products and services combined with a deep understanding of application-oriented system solutions.
Sales by region 2019 (location of customer)
Sales by direct customer industry 2019
Polyurethane solutions make life more comfortable, safer and more pleasant, while helping to save energy. They contribute towards improved insulation of buildings and more attractive, lightweight design of cars. Producers of shoes, cars and household goods as well as sports equipment use the unique advantages of polyurethanes provided with the knowledge and experience of BASF’s polyurethane experts worldwide. This product group includes PU systems, TPU (thermoplastic polyurethanes) and MPU (Cellasto®) technologies.
Engineering plastics are used in numerous applications, such as automotive engineering, the electrical and electronics sectors, household appliances and precision technology as well as in medical technology. This product group includes Ultraform® based on polyoxymethylene (POM), Ultradur® based on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and Ultramid® based on polyamide (PA).
Specialty plastics include biodegradable co-polyesters, mainly used in various packaging applications and sold under the ecoflex® and ecovio® brands, as well as Ultrason®, a high-temperature plastic based on polyarylsulfone (PPSU, PSU, PESU).
Functional foams include Basotect®, a flexible, open-cell foam made from melamine resin, as well as the particle foam Neopolen® P. Basotect® is used for sound and thermal insulation in the construction and transportation industries and as a cleaning sponge in the consumer industry.
Performance Materials approaches the market with a strong industry orientation, focusing on innovation to address important needs of key market segments. We work jointly with our customers and stakeholders in the industries to introduce innovative solutions by combining our comprehensive portfolio of products with application, engineering, simulation and manufacturing know-how. Customer intimacy and close collaboration are the basis for our solution-selling approach, which is a key driver for profitable growth.
- TPU: No. 1 globally
- MPU: No. 1 globally
- Polyamide 6 and 6.6 compounds: No. 1 globally
- PBT compounds: No. 1 globally
- PU specialties: Covestro, Dow, Huntsman, Lubrizol
- Polyamide 6 and 6.6 compounds: Lanxess, Dow, EMS
Our innovation focus is on developing new products and applications in key target industries to improve existing solutions and find new ones. Development is driven by local market needs and is coordinated globally to ensure leveraging of key capabilities across regions. Our innovation pipeline focuses on creating solutions for unmet market needs, particularly in developing markets with strong growth potential.
(from 2017 onward)
|Polyurethanes||Cellasto capacity expansion in Wyandotte, Michigan||2018|
|TPU capacity expansion in Lemförde, Germany||2019|
|MPU capacity expansion in Dahej, India||2019|
|Engineering plastics||Expansion of compounding capacity in Altamira, Mexico||2017|
|Expansion of compounding capacity in Schwarzheide, Germany||2017|
|Ultraform® (POM) 50-50 production JV with Kolon Plastics in Gimcheon, South Korea||2018|
|Acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide business||2020|
|Specialty plastics||Expansion of Ultrason capacity in Yeosu, South Korea||2018|
(from 2017 onward)
|Engineering plastics||Shutdown of Ultraform® (POM) production plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany||2018|
(thousand metric tons per year)
This semi-crystalline polyamide offers very high light transmission with low light scattering compared to opaque standard polyamides. Its high UV and temperature resistance, scratch resistance and chemical resistance make Ultramid® Vision an important building block wherever visual control or light design play a role, for example, in backlit switches or buttons in cars. Ultramid® Vision can be repeatedly exposed to aggressive media such as sunscreen, cleaning agents and solvents without sustaining damage.