As of January 1, 2019, we have twelve divisions grouped into six segments.
BASF’s new segment structure will allow a more differentiated steering of our businesses according to their market-specific competitive environment. It will increase transparency regarding the results of our segments and divisions and highlight the importance of the Verbund and value chains to our business success. BASF aims to clearly position its businesses against their relevant competitors and establish a high-performance organization to enable BASF to be successful in an increasingly competitive market environment.
The Chemicals segment will remain the cornerstone of our Verbund structure. It supplies the other segments with basic chemicals and intermediates, contributing to the organic growth of our key value chains. Alongside internal accounts, our customers include the chemical and plastics industries. We aim to increase our competitiveness through technological leadership and operational excellence.
The Materials segment’s portfolio comprises advanced materials and their precursors for new applications and systems. These include isocyanates and polyamides as well as inorganic basic products and specialties for the plastics and plastics processing industries. We aim to grow organically through differentiation via specific technological expertise, industry know-how and customer proximity to maximize value in the isocyanate and polyamide value chains.
The Industrial Solutions segment develops and markets ingredients and additives for industrial applications such as polymer dispersions, pigments, resins, electronic materials, antioxidants and admixtures. We aim to drive organic growth in key industries such as automotive, plastics or electronics and expand our position in value-enhancing ingredients and solutions by leveraging our comprehensive industry expertise and application know-how.
The Surface Technologies segment comprises our businesses that offer chemical solutions on and for surfaces. Its portfolio includes coatings, rust protection products, catalysts and battery materials for the automotive and chemical industries. The aim is to drive organic growth by leveraging our portfolio of technologies and know-how, and to establish BASF as a leading and innovative provider of battery materials as well.
In the Nutrition & Care segment, we strive to expand our position as a leading provider of nutrition and care ingredients for consumer products in the area of nutrition, home and personal care. Customers include food and feed producers as well as the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, detergent and cleaner industries. We aim to enhance and broaden our product and technology portfolio. Our goal is to drive organic growth by focusing on emerging markets, new business models and sustainability trends in consumer markets, supported by targeted acquisitions.
The Agricultural Solutions segment aims to further strengthen our market position as an integrated provider of crop protection products and seeds. Its portfolio comprises fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and biological crop protection products, as well as seeds and seed treatment products. We also offer farmers digital solutions combined with practical advice. Our main focus is on innovation-driven organic growth, targeted portfolio expansion as well as leveraging synergies from the acquired businesses.