The Petrochemicals division is the cornerstone of BASF’s petrochemical-based value chains throughout the regions. The division manufactures and markets a broad portfolio of high-quality basic chemicals and tailored specialties for internal and external customers.
|Region||Sales in %|
|South America, Africa, Middle East||3%||4|
|Direct customer industry||Sales in %|
|Plastics & rubber||10%||2
|Energy & resources||8%||4
BASF produces the entire range of cracker products from ethylene and propylene to butadiene, butenes and benzene. Of these, propylene is the most important starting product for BASF’s value chains.
BASF is a technology leader in acrylic acid and the world’s largest and most widespread producer of acrylic monomers, which are sold to internal and external customers in the form of acrylic acid, acrylic esters and specialty acrylates. Acrylic monomers are used as precursors to manufacture acrylic polymers and polymer dispersions for various applications such as:
Ethylene oxide derived from ethylene is used mainly to produce surfactants, ethanolamines, glycols, glycol ethers and polyols. Ethylene glycol is a product used in antifreeze applications and for the production of fibers, films and PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles. Propylene oxide is synthesized from propylene and serves as a base for a wide variety of products, including hydraulic fluids, propylene glycol and polyols. Polyols are used mainly for the production of polyurethanes.
BASF is the world’s largest producer of oxo alcohols and is also a major producer of oxygenated solvents in Europe, including acetates, glycol ethers, glycol ether acetates and specialty solvents. Our major customer industries are:
BASF manufactures general purpose and special purpose plasticizers, which are used to make rigid PVC flexible. One product is the plasticizer Hexamoll® DINCH, whose excellent toxicological profile makes it ideal for applications with close human contact, such as toys and medical products. In 2017, BASF started production of another toxicologically advantaged plasticizer, Palatinol® DOTP, in Pasadena, Texas, to meet market demand in North America.
The focus is on developing new and improved processes by adapting and optimizing feedstocks to supply our Verbund value chains at competitive costs. One focus in product innovation lies on the development of specialty acrylates for specific customer needs.
(from 2015 onward)
|Acrylic acid||New acrylic acid and butyl acrylate complex in Camaçari, Brazil||2015|
|Synthesis gas||Extension of hydrogen plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany||2015|
|Isononanol||New isononanol plant in Maoming, China||2015|
|Palatinol® DOTP||Conversion of plasticizer production in Pasadena, Texas, to DOTP||2017|
|Ethylene, propylene||Feedstock flexibilization of steam cracker in Antwerp, Belgium||2019|
(thousand metric tons per year)
All capacities in the table illustrate 100% capacity of the operations. BASF’s share might be lower.
||Camaçari, Brazil||Cornwall, Canada||Freeport, Texas||Geismar, Louisiana||Kuantan, Malaysia||Ludwigshafen, Germany||Moerdijk, Netherlands||Nanjing, China||Pasadena, Texas||Port Arthur, Texas||Tarragona, Spain||Total|
|Ethylene oxide (equivalents)||500||-||-||-||220||-||345||-||3801||-||-||-||1,445|
|Oxo C4 alcohols||-||-||-||300||-||3302||560||-||3051||130||-||-||1,625|
|Plasticizers (incl. Hexamoll® DINCH)||-||-||35||-||-||-
1 BASF 50%; Sinopec 50%
2 BASF 60%; PETRONAS 40%
3 BASF 51%; Sonatrach 49%
4 BASF 50%; DowDuPont 50%
5 BASF 50%; Shell 50%
6 BASF 60%; Total 40%
Our specialty monomers enable innovation in our customers’ downstream applications. These include a new application of tertiary butylacrylate (tBA) in decorative paints. tBA is primarily used as a functional component in water-based exterior paints. Our customers can use tBA to formulate dispersions that improve the specific properties of their exterior paints – such as weathering and surface adhesion – without increasing production costs.