Martin Widmann to head BASF’s global business unit Fuel and Lubricant Solutions
Ludwigshafen, Germany – October 22, 2012 – Martin Widmann, Senior Vice President, has taken over responsibility for BASF’s global business unit Fuel and Lubricant Solutions as of October 1st, 2012. Fuel and Lubricant Solutions combines the fuel and lubricant related activities of BASF on one industry platform. The business unit is pursuing an ambitious strategy targeting growth in all regions, technology leadership as well as close co-operations with its customers in developing and introducing innovations to the markets.
Martin Widmann joined BASF SE in 1986 as a trainee and held various positions within Performance Plastics, Corporate Communications, Procurement and in Nutrition and Health division in Germany, Japan and Switzerland. Before joining Fuel and Lubricant Solutions he was responsible for the global business unit Pharma Ingredients and Services, located in Evionnaz, Switzerland.
Fuel and Lubricant Solutions is part of BASF's Performance Chemicals division. The business unit operates major production, testing and laboratory facilities in Europe, North and South America and Asia in order to guarantee reliable customer support globally. The product range includes well-known consumer products like Europe’s number one engine coolant Glysantin®, as well as tailor-made solutions developed in exclusive partnerships with major accounts.
About Fuel and Lubricant Solutions
The global business unit Fuel and Lubricant Solutions is a leading supplier to the global automotive and mineral oil industries and part of BASF's Performance Chemicals division. Offerings cover fuel performance packages, refinery additives, polyisobutenes, engine coolants (Glysantin® brand) and brake fluids. Through the recent acquisitions, Fuel and Lubricant Solutions has further extended its value chain, as well as formulation and application expertise to lubricant additives, compounded lubricants, synthetic base stocks and components for metalworking fluids. The business unit has its main facilities in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Cincinnati and Florham Park in the USA, Nanjing and Shanghai in China, as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil. Research and development is mainly driven out of Ludwigshafen, Tarrytown and Shanghai. Further information is available on the Internet at www.basf.com/fuel-lubricant-solutions.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.