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 is also the home of BASF’s battery materials business and provides precious and base metals sourcing, recycling and management services. BASF expands its leading role in catalyst technology through continuous process and product innovation.

Sales by region 2021 (location of customer)


Sales by direct customer industry 20211


1 Excluding precious metal trading

Mobile emissions catalysts

BASF’s mobile emissions catalysts enable cost-effective regulatory compliance, providing technologies that control emissions from gasoline and diesel-powered passenger cars, trucks, buses, off-road vehicles and motorcycles.

Precious metal services

The global business unit Precious Metal Services supports BASF’s mobile emissions catalysts business and its customers with services related to precious metals sourcing and management. It purchases, refines, sells, distributes, stores and offers transportation services for metals. The business produces precious metals chemicals and temperature sensors and is a global leader in precious metals recycling and refining. In addition, it provides a variety of pricing and delivery arrangements to meet logistical, financial and price-risk management requirements.

Process catalysts

BASF is a leading global manufacturer of catalysts for the chemical industry, with solutions across the chemical value chain. The business comprises chemical catalysts and adsorbents, refinery catalysts and custom catalysts.

Battery materials
BASF is a leading global supplier of advanced cathode active materials (CAM) for the lithium-ion batteries market, providing high energy-density CAM to the world’s largest cell producers and for leading platforms of OEMs. BASF has a global presence with R&D and production capacity operating or announced in all regions, often leveraging partnerships. BASF is a frontrunner in developing innovative solutions and conducting next-generation battery materials research.

Battery base metals and recycling
The global business unit Battery Base Metals & Recycling supports BASF’s battery materials business and its customers with services related to base metals sourcing and management. It purchases, sells, distributes, stores and offers transportation services for metals. In addition, we offer closed loop battery recycling services for our customers in the e-mobility value chain. This unit also provides a variety of pricing and delivery arrangements to meet logistical, financial and price-risk management requirements.

Emissions catalysts market – regulation remains primary demand driver

  • Chemical catalysts: No. 2 globally
  • FCC refinery catalysts: No. 3 globally
  • Mobile emissions catalysts: No. 1 globally

  • Battery materials: Easpring, Ecopro, LG Chem, Posco, Ronbay, Sumitomo Metal Mining, Umicore
  • Chemical catalysts: Clariant, Johnson Matthey, Topsoe
  • FCC refinery catalysts: Albemarle, W.R. Grace
  • Mobile emissions catalysts: Johnson Matthey, Umicore

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 offering comprehensive products meeting customers’ requirements for e-mobility applications, including improving energy density to extend driving range as well as stability, safety and cost.

(from 2019 onward)

Product group Description Year
Mobile emissions catalysts
New specialty zeolites manufacturing plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany 2019
New manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China 2019
Capacity expansion in Środa Śląska, Poland 2020
Capacity expansion in Chennai, India 2022
Precious metal services Acquisition of Zodiac Enterprises LLC assets in Caldwell, Texas, for catalyst recycling 2021
Refinery capacity expansion in Seneca, South Carolina 2022
BASF HERAEUS (China) Metal Resource Co., Ltd. formed in China for automotive catalyst recycling 2022
Battery materials BASF and Shanshan formed joint venture (BASF 51%) for the production of cathode active materials and precursors in China 2021
New cathode material precursor manufacturing plant in Harjavalta, Finland 2022
New cathode material manufacturing plant in Schwarzheide, Germany 2022
New battery recycling prototype plant in Schwarzheide, Germany 2023
Process catalysts Construction of global Catalyst Development and Solids Processing Center in Ludwigshafen, Germany 2024

(from 2019 onward)

Product group Description Year
Process catalysts Closure of the Erie, Pennsylvania, production site 2021


High energy-density cathode active material

BASF’s innovative high energy-density cathode active material (CAM), NCM-307, will balance sustainability, cost and performance in e-mobility applications. By eliminating cobalt and reducing nickel, battery cells with this CAM will offer significantly lower costs per kilowatt hour while achieving a volumetric energy density close to that of high-nickel materials. In addition, the impact of price fluctuation is mitigated and the product has an enhanced metal sustainability footprint.

Last Update June 13, 2022