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The Chemicals segment comprises our business with basic chemicals and intermediates. Its portfolio ranges from solvents, plasticizers and high-volume monomers to glues and electronic chemicals as well as raw materials for detergents, plastics, textile fibers, paints and coatings, plant protection and medicines. In addition to supplying customers in the chemical industry and numerous other sectors, we also ensure that other BASF segments are supplied with chemicals for producing downstream products.

The Chemicals segment consists of the Petrochemicals, Monomers and Intermediates divisions.

transfilling clear liquid
Million €   2015  

Sales

  14,670  

Income from operations before special items

  2,156  

Income from operations (EBIT)

  2,131  

Petrochemical
Basic products: ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, alcohols, solvents, plasticizers, alkylene oxides, glycols and acrylic monomers

Specialties: special plasticizers such as Hexamoll® DINCH®, special acrylates

Monomers
Basic products: isocyanates (MDI, TDI), ammonia, caprolactam, adipic acid, chlorine, urea, glues and impregnating resins, caustic soda, polyamides 6 and 6.6, standard alcoholates, sulfuric and nitric acid

Specialties: electronic chemicals, metal systems

Intermediates
Basic products: butanediol and derivatives, alkylamines and alkanolamines, neopentyl glycol, formic and propionic acid

Specialties: specialty amines such as tert-Butylamine, gas scrubbing chemicals, vinyl monomers, acid chlorides, chloroformates, chiral intermediates

Petrochemicals
Use within BASF Verbund

Chemical and plastics industries; detergent, automotive, packaging and textile industries; production of paints, coatings and cosmetics as well as oilfield, construction and paper chemicals

Monomers
Use within BASF Verbund

Industries such as plastics, electronics, lumber, furniture, textiles, packaging, construction, automotive, and others

Intermediates
Use within BASF Verbund

Plastics, coatings and pharmaceutical industries, production of detergents and cleaners as well as crop protection products and textile fibers

Our Performance Products lend stability, color or better application properties to many everyday products. Our product portfolio includes vitamins and other food additives in addition to ingredients for pharmaceuticals, personal care and cosmetics, as well as hygiene and household products. Other products from this segment improve processes in the paper industry, in oil, gas and ore production, and in water treatment. They furthermore enhance the efficiency of fuels and lubricants, the effectiveness of adhesives and coatings, and the stability of plastics.

The Performance Products segment consists of the Dispersions & Pigments, Care Chemicals, Nutrition & Health and Performance Chemicals divisions.

two liquids mixed together
Million €   2015

Sales

  15,648

Income from operations before special items

  1,366

Income from operations (EBIT)

  1,340

Dispersions & Pigments

Polymer dispersions, pigments, resins, high-performance additives, formulation additives

Care Chemicals

Ingredients for skin and hair cleansing and care products, such as emollients, cosmetic active ingredients, polymers and UV filters

Ingredients for detergents and cleaners in household, institution or industry, such as surfactants, chelating agents, polymers, biocides and products for optical effects

Solvents for crop protection formulations and products for metal surface treatments

Superabsorbents for baby diapers, adult incontinence products and feminine hygiene articles

Nutrition & Health

Additives for the food and feed industries, such as vitamins, carotenoids, sterols, enzymes, emulsifiers and omega-3 fatty acids

Flavors and fragrances, such as geraniol, citronellol, L-menthol and linalool

Excipients for the pharmaceutical industry and selected, high-volume active ingredients, such as ibuprofen and omega-3 fatty acids

Performance Chemicals

Antioxidants, light stabilizers, pigments and flame retardants for plastic applications

Fuel and refinery additives, polyisobutene, brake fluids and engine coolants, lubricant additives and basestocks, components for metalworking fluids and compounded lubricants

Process chemicals for the extraction of oil, gas, metals and minerals, chemicals for enhanced oil recovery, water treatment chemicals, membrane technologies

Auxiliaries for the production and treatment of leather and textiles

Functional and process chemicals for the production of paper and cardboard, kaolin minerals

Dispersions & Pigments

Printing and packaging industry, adhesives industry, plastics processing industry, products for construction chemicals, raw materials for paints and coatings, paper industry, specialties for the electronics and other industries

Care Chemicals

Cosmetics industry, hygiene industries, detergent and cleaners industry, agricultural industry and technical applications

Nutrition & Health

Food and feed industries, flavor and fragrance industry and pharmaceutical industry

Performance Chemicals

Plastics processing industry, automotive industry, fuel and lubricant industry, oil and gas industry, mining industry, municipal and industrial water treatment, leather industry as well as paper industry and packaging made of paper

In the Functional Materials & Solutions segment, we bundle system solutions, services and innovative products for specific sectors and customers, especially the automotive, electrical, chemical and construction industries as well as for household applications and sports and leisure. Our portfolio comprises catalysts, battery materials, engineering plastics, polyurethane systems, automotive and industrial coatings and concrete admixtures as well as construction systems such as tile adhesives and decorative paints.

The Functional Materials & Solutions segment comprises the Catalysts, Construction Chemicals, Coatings and Performance Materials divisions.

functional materials in a bowl
Million €   2015  

Sales

 

18,523

 

Income from operations before special items

 

1,649

 

Income from operations (EBIT)

 

1,607

 

Catalysts

Automotive and process catalysts

Battery materials

Precious and base metal services

Construction Chemicals

Concrete admixtures, cement additives, underground construction solutions, flooring systems, sealants, solutions for the protection and repair of concrete, high-performance mortars and grouts, tile-laying systems, exterior insulation and finishing systems, expansion joints, wood protection

Coatings

Coatings solutions for automotive and industrial applications

Decorative paints

Performance Materials

Engineering plastics, biodegradable plastics, standard foams, foam specialties, polyurethane, epoxy systems for fiber-reinforced composites

Catalysts

Automotive and chemical industries, refineries, battery manufacturers

Solutions for the protection of air quality as well as the production of fuels, chemicals, plastics and battery materials

Coatings

Automotive industry, body shops, steel industry, painting businesses and private consumers, wind energy industry

Performance Materials

Automotive manufacture, electrical engineering, packaging, games, sports and leisure, household, mechanical engineering, construction, medical technology, sanitation and water industry, solar thermal energy and photovoltaics, wind energy

The Agricultural Solutions segment provides innovative solutions in the areas of chemical and biological crop protection, seed treatment and water management as well as solutions for nutrient supply and plant stress. Our research in plant biotechnology concentrates on plants for greater efficiency in agriculture, better nutrition, and use as renewable raw materials.

Research and development expenses, sales, earnings and all other data of BASF Plant Science are not included in the Agricultural Solutions segment; they are reported in Other.

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Million €   2015  

Sales

 

5,820

 

Income from operations before special items

 

1,090

 

Income from operations (EBIT)

 

1,083

 

Fungicides

Protecting crops from harmful fungal infections; improving plant health

Herbicides

Reducing competition from weeds for water and nutrients

Insecticides

Combating insect pests in agriculture and beyond, such as in the fields of public health, professional pest control and landscape maintenance

Functional Crop Care

Products for plant health and increased yield potential that go beyond traditional crop protection, such as biological crop protection, seed treatments, polymers and colorants

Fungicides

Boscalid, metiram, dimethomorph, Initium®, metrafenone, F 500®, Xemium®, AgCelence® (umbrella brand)

Herbicides

Kixor®, dicamba, pendimethalin, imazamox, topramezone, Clearfield® herbicide tolerance system, dimethenamid-P

Insecticides

Fipronil, alpha-cypermethrin, chlorfenapyr, teflubenzuron, Nealta®, Termidor® to guard against termite infestation, Interceptor® mosquito nets to protect against malaria

Functional Crop Care

Standak® Top, Biostacked®, Flo Rite®, Vault® HP plus Integral®, Subtilex® NG, Limus®

We focus on exploration and production in oil and gas-rich regions in Europe, North Africa, Russia, South America and the Middle East. Together with our Russian partner Gazprom, we are active in the transport of natural gas in Europe. At the end of the third quarter of 2015, we exited the natural gas trading and storage business previously operated together with Gazprom and, in exchange, are expanding our oil and gas production in western Siberia.

oil and gas
Million €   2015  

Sales

 

12,998

 

Income from operations before special items

 

1,366

 

Income from operations (EBIT)

 

1,072

 
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