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Surface Technologies

The Surface Technologies segment comprises the Catalysts and Coatings divisions. The segment bundles the chemical surface solution businesses. Its portfolio includes coatings, surface treatments, catalysts and battery materials for the automotive and chemical industries. The aim is to drive organic growth by leveraging our portfolio of technologies and establishing BASF as a leading and innovative solution provider in fields such as battery materials.

Divisions

Catalysts

Automotive and process catalysts, battery materials, precious and base metal trading, recycling

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Coatings

Coatings solutions, surface treatments, decorative paints

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At the BASF Engine Lab in Union, New Jersey, two employees replace a catalyst in a heavy duty diesel truck exhaust system for the next drive cycle evaluation.

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Factors influencing sales

EBIT before special items

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Million €

2019 2018
Sales to third parties 13,142 11,199
Share of total BASF sales (%) 22 19

of which Catalysts

9,396 7,469

Coatings

3,746 3,730
Income from operations before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) before special items 1,173 995
Income from operations before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) 1,120 953
EBITDA margin (%) 9 9
Income from operations (EBIT) before special items 722 617
EBIT before special items margin (%) 5 6
Income from operations (EBIT) 663 574
EBIT margin (%) 5 5
Return on capital employed (ROCE) (%) 5.7 5.3
Last Update June 19, 2020