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Surface Technologies

The Surface Technologies segment comprises the Catalysts and Coatings divisions, which offer chemical solutions for surfaces. Its portfolio serves the automotive and chemical industries and includes automotive OEM and refinish coatings, surface treatment, catalysts, battery materials, and precious and base metal services. We improve our customers’ applications and processes with tailored products, technologies and solutions, and support them through geographical proximity and supply reliability across all regions. The aim is to drive BASF’s growth by leveraging our portfolio of technologies and expanding our position as a leading and innovative provider of battery materials and surface coatings solutions.

Divisions

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Tri-Metal Catalyst technology

BASF’s innovative Tri-Metal Catalyst technology enables the partial substitution of palladium with platinum in production processes. Although slightly more palladium is produced every year than platinum, demand for palladium is currently around three times higher. Tri-Metal Catalysts help to reduce costs for automotive manufacturers and partially alleviate deficits in the platinum metals market. With this technology, BASF expects to expand its market share and anticipates a total sales potential of around €175 million by 2026.

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Factors influencing sales

EBIT before special items

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Million €

2021 2020 2019
Sales to third parties

22,659

16,659 13,142
Share of total BASF sales (%)

29

28 22

of which Catalysts

19,219

13,570 9,396

Coatings

3,440

3,089 3,746
Income from operations before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) before special items

1,277

966 1,173
Income from operations before depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)

1,243

900 1,120
EBITDA margin (%)

5.5

5.4 8.5
Income from operations (EBIT) before special items

800

484 722
EBIT before special items margin (%)

3.5

2.9 5.5
Income from operations (EBIT)

761

–587 663
EBIT margin (%)

3.4

–3.5 5.0
Return on capital employed (ROCE) (%)

5.6

–4.8 5.7
Last Update June 13, 2022