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Lots have happened since the first reference to sales in Scandinavian countries was recorded by BASF (the Badische Anilin & Soda-Fabrik AG) back in 1888. Please find below a chronology of BASF in Sweden.

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BASF closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. The transaction is a strategic complement to BASF’s crop protection, biotech and digital farming activities and marks its entry into seeds, non-selective herbicides and nematicide seed treatments. 

For the first time BASF Venture Capital invests in the Nordic/Baltic region, leading an investment round in the Swedish high-tech company Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB (ANS) in Uppsala. ANS offers unique surface treatment technologies to reduce friction and wear in industrial and automotive applications. 

BASF signs agreement with Universeum Science Center in Gothenburg for the initiative “Älska kemi” which aims to raise the interest in chemistry and knowledge about the role chemistry plays for society today and in the future. A top modern chemistry lab is launched, attracting 4483 public visitors and 1673 school children until the end of the year.

BASF and German Swedish Chamber of Commerce arranges the seminar “Innovations for a sustainable future – how can we speed up”, gathering more than 100 representatives from industry, politics, trade and public sector.

Due to reorganization within BASF in Europe, Country Cluster Nordic/Baltic is formed in January, and Mark Meier is appointed Managing Director Nordic/Baltic.
BASF SE aquires Chemetall GmbH (including Chemetall AB) in December.

BASF celebrates its 150 year anniversary. The year begins with a new brand presence: “The Chemical Company” is replaced with “We create chemicstry”. The new claim refers to innovation and cooperation: We develop solutions with others – with clients, with scientists and within the BASF Verbund. In short, “We create chemistry” represents the core of our company and of the BASF brand.

The new Nordic Refinish Competence Centre is opened in Hisings Backa, Gothenburg.

BASF Polyurethanes Nordic AB is integrated into BASF AB. The Polyurethane site in Angered is shut down.

BASF is engaged in International Year of Chemistry (IYC), with the purpose to increase young people's interest in science. Part of this is sponsoring  schools with Science Dictionaries and sponsoring the Chemical Day (October) organized by the Plastic & Chemical Federation.
BASF presents its innovations at an exhibition at Almedalen, Gotland (July).

BASF acquires Cognis (December)
BASF Construction Chemicals division moves to new production plant in Rosersberg

BASF acquires Ciba Holding AG (April 9).
BASF Construction Chemicals Sweden AB is legally merged in to BASF AB. (April 1)

The majority of the financial functions within BASF AB are transferred to BASF’s Shared Service Centre in Berlin, Germany.

BASF’s acquisition of Degussa AG’s global construction chemicals business gives BASF majority shares in Degussa Construction Chemicals Sweden, which is renamed BASF Construction Chemicals Sweden AB.

A new organization is formed, called Business Centre Europe North. It is a merger of the two former regions BC Nordic/Baltic and BC UK/Ireland.

BASF AB celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Business Centre Nordic/Baltic is formed, including BASF AB and the other Nordic and Baltic countries.
BASF AB receives gold medal for 50 years membership and the German-Swedish Chamber of commerce.

BASF Svenska AB is renamed BASF AB.

BASF Svenska AB joins the international Responsible Care program.

BASF Svenska AB is certified according to ISO 9002 by an external certification body.

BASF Svenska AB signs an agency agreement with Dr. Wolman GmbH, Sinzheim, Germany.

The group company Glasurit Svenska AB (Hisings-Kärra) is established.  BASF holds majority shares. The company is today called BASF Coatings Services AB, and the head office is based in Copenhagen, covering the Nordic countries.

A number of sales and distribution agreements are signed during the 1980s with companies such as Knosp & Siegle (Germany), Knoll AG (Germany), BASF Wyandotte Corp. (USA) and Byk Mallinckrodt (Germany).


BASF Svenska AB signs an agency agreement with Elastogran GmbH, Lemförde, Germany. Elastogran GmbH, acquires Lagomat AB in 2004, today called Elastogran Nordic AB.

AB Triga changes names to BASF Svenska AB. BASF has now gained full ownership.

AB Triga is established in Göteborg. BASF holds 25% of the shares.

The six largest German chemical companies – including BASF – merge to form “”Interessengemeinschaft Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft” (I.G. Farben).

The BASF (Badische Anilin & Soda-Fabrik AG) commercial records for 1888 contain the first direct reference to sales in Scandinavian countries. In 1890, Scandinavia accounted for 1.6% of total BASF sales.