BASF celebrated its 150th anniversary in Ludwigshafen on April 23, 2015. “150 years is a special company anniversary - an opportunity to look back and to reflect, but also to look forward,” said Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Malu Dreyer, MinisterPresident of the State of RhinelandPalatinate, congratulated BASF in front of more than 1,000 guests from government, business, science, and society.
From a company with 30 employees in 1865, BASF has grown to become the world’s leading chemical company with around 113,000 employees in 80 countries.
BASF’s Chairman thanked the company’s customers, suppliers, service providers, and partners: “We have worked closely with you for decades. Together we have grown, we have jointly pioneered new technologies, and thus expanded into new markets.”
“We were only able to achieve all this with a highperforming and motivated leadership team and the commitment of each individual employee. We are proud of the skills and dedication of this team and how they work together globally. We will duly celebrate this at our sites around the world,” said Bock.
Chemistry - a key industry
Innovations based on chemistry have helped to solve the challenges of the future since 1865. “Chemistry was, is, and will continue to be a key industry in the future,” said Bock. BASF’s Chairman emphasized that in its anniversary year, BASF has initiated a global cocreation program with partners on the topics of energy, food, and urban living. BASF is thus taking a new approach in accordance with its “We create chemistry” strategy. The Creator Space™ program brings together different target groups to develop joint solutions.
Impressions of the anniversary celebration: German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, former Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl, and Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate Malu Dreyer were guests in Ludwigshafen. BASF employees representing all regions and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra were some highlights of the program.