BASF Corporation and Wyandotte Chemicals Corporation merge to create BASF Wyandotte Corporation. The newly formed company moved its headquarters to Parsippany, New Jersey.
BASF Canada starts producing Styropor at its Laval district facility.
Wintershall Oil and Gas Company, a subsidiary of Wintershall AG, is established in the U.S.
Basagran herbicide is introduced to the U.S. market. Basagran controls “hard-to-control” weeds in the cultivation of grain crops. Basagran had an additional advantage – when used in combination with other herbicides, it played an important role in no-till farming systems developed to prevent soil erosion in the midwestern U.S. and in Brazil.
Knoll AG and its American subsidiary The Knoll Pharmaceutical Company, located in Whippany, New Jersey, are acquired by BASF. The product range of the Knoll Group includes active pharmaceutical ingredients, fine chemicals and hospital supplies.
During an expansion at the Geismar, Louisiana, site a bulldozer excavating the land uncovers Mastodon bones. Hailed as a “significant find” by Louisiana State University, the bones were estimated to be 8,000 to 12,000 years old.
BASF acquires from Dow Chemical the 50 percent share of the Dow Badische Company based in Williamsburg, Virginia, thus ending the joint venture. Dow Badische Company was renamed Badische Corporation and headquartered in Williamsburg.