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 2 (2 (DIMETHYLAMINE)ETHOXY)ETHANOL 
   2 ETHYLHEXYLAMINE 
   2 PYRROLIDONE 
   ABS (ACRYLONITRILE BUTADIENE STYRENE) 
   ACRYLIC ACID (glacial acrylic acid) 
   ACRYLONITRILE STYRENE ACRYLATE COPOLYMER (ASA) 
   ADIPIC ACID 
   AMMONIUM BICARBONATE 
   AMMONIUM CARBONATE 
   AMMONIUM CHLORIDE 
   AMMONIUM SULFATE 
   ATTAPULGITE 
   BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS (oxy biodegradables) 
   CAPROLACTAM 
   CATALYSTS 
   CEMENT AND CONCRETE, PLASTICIZERS AND SUPERPLASTICIZERS 
   COSMETICS, THICKENING AGENTS 
   DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA) 
   DIETHYLAMINE 
   DIETHYLENETRIAMINE 
   DIISOCIANATO DE DIFENILMETANO 
   DIISOPROPANOLAMINE 
   DIISOPROPYLAMINE 
   DIMETHYLAMINE (DMA) 
   DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE 
   DIMETHYLFORMAMIDE (DMF) 
   DIMETHYLISOPROPYLAMINE 
   DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL 
   E CAPROLACTONE (epsilon) 
   ENGINEERING PLASTICS 
   ENZYMES 
   ETHYLAMINE 
   ETHYLENEAMINES 
   ETHYLENEDIAMINES (EDA) 
   ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE 
   FILMS ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) 
   FOOD GRADE SODIUM NITRITE 
   FORMIC ACID 
   HEXAMETHYLENE DIISOCYANATE 
   ISOCYANATE 
   ISOPROPANOLAMINE 
   LEATHER, TOUCH AGENTS 
   METHYLAMINE 
   METHYLENE DIPHENYL ISOCYANATE (MDI) 
   METILATO DE POTÁSSIO 
   MONOETHANOLAMINE (MEA) 
   MORPHOLINE 
   NEOPENTYL GLYCOL (NPG) 
   NITRITO DE SÓDIO GRAU ALIMENTÍCIOFARMACÊUTICO 
   POLIAMIDA 
   POLIAMIDA GRÂNULOS 6.66 
   POLIAMIDA RECICLADA 
   POLIFTALAMIDAS 
   POLYACETAL (POM) 
   POLYAMIDE GRAINS 
   POLYAMIDE GRAINS 6 
   POLYAMIDE GRAINS 6.10 
   POLYAMIDE GRAINS 6.12 
   POLYAMIDE GRAINS 6.6 
   POLYBUTYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PBT) 
   POLYESTER POLYOLS 
   POLYISOBUTENE (PIB) 
   POLYOL POLYURETHANE 
   POLYOLS 
   POLYURETHANE (PU) (urethane resin) 
   POLYURETHANE, SYSTEMS 
   POLYVINYLPYRROLIDONE (PVP) 
   POTASSIUM METABISULFITE 
   PROPYLENE GLYCOL 
   SODIUM BISULFITE 
   SODIUM METABISULFITE, FOOD GRADE 
   SODIUM METABISULFITE, TECHNICAL GRADE 
   SODIUM METHYLATE (sodium methoxide) 
   SODIUM METHYLATE, SOLUTION 
   SODIUM NITRATE 
   SODIUM NITRITE 
   SODIUM POLYACRYLATE 
   SODIUM SULFITE 
   SULFITO DE POTÁSSIO 
   SULFITO DE SÓDIO GRAU ALIMENTÍCIO 
   TECHNICAL GRADE SODIUM NITRITE 
   THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE (TPU) 
   TOLUENE DIISOCYANATE (TDI) 
   TRIBUTYLAMINE 
   TRIEHANOLAMINE (TEA) 
   TRIETHYLENETETRAMINE (TETA) (trientine) 
   TRIMETHYLAMINE 
   UV ABSORBERS (Plastics) 
   VINYL PYRROLIDONE 
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With 125 years just completed, BASF starts the 1990s with success: it was the first foreign company to be invited by the Japanese Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade to participate in a joint research venture. The company also expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of the magnetic tape activities of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, and restructured its magnetic products business, consolidating the production and sales of its tapes, cassettes and diskettes into a new subsidiary, BASF Magnetics GmbH Another merger was with Synthesewerk Schwarzheide AG, in the Niederlausitz region of eastern Germany, giving rise to the subsidiary BASF Schwarzheide GmbH, a factory for polyurethane basic materials and specialties. Wintershall AG and the Soviet company Gazprom, the world’s largest gas producer, have agreed to join forces to market natural gas from the Soviet Union, involving the planning, construction and operation of new pipelines and distribution networks, as well as the joint sale of gas natural in Western Europe.

In 1991, the company opened a new ecology laboratory in Ludwigshafen, whose responsibilities include eco-biological and environmental analysis of individual substances, products and wastewater. And in 1992, BASF’s first factory in China was set up in Nanjing, for the production of unsaturated polyester resins (UP resins) mainly used in boat and container construction. In the same year, a plant for the production of tetrahydrofuran (THF) and polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF) was built in Yokkaichi, Japan, with the aim of supplying the market with starting materials for plastics and spandex elastic fibers used to make items such as high quality socks and sportswear. In 1993 BASF’s subsidiary Kali und Salz AG (K + S) merged with Mitteldeutsche Kali AG (MdK) to form Kali und Salz GmbH, the only German potash industry. However, BASF sold its majority stake in the company in the late 1990s and disposed of the last shares in 2011.

Still in the course of its worldwide expansion, BASF started its new steam cracker at the Antwerp site in 1994, after investing 1.3 billion marks – the largest so far in the company’s history – completing the Verbund product and ensuring a reliable supply of petrochemical raw materials. In 1995, it was Altamira, Mexico’s turn to inaugurate BASF’s new site which, strategically positioned in the NAFTA trade zone, initially produced dispersions, chemical processes, Styropor® and colorants. In 1996, BASF identified that its growth was being strongest in Asia, as its customers were also expanding their presence in China, Korea and India, and took the opportunity to plan the construction of one of the world’s largest production facilities for acrylic monomers, located in Kuantan (Malaysia), in collaboration with the state-owned Petronas company. To close the decade, important new investments were made by the BASF Group: in 1997, a joint venture with Hoechst gave rise to Targor, a company based in Mainz that combines the polypropylene operations of both in production units in Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, France and Spain; in 1998 BASF Corporation, of New Jersey, and FINA Inc., based in Dallas, began construction of the world’s largest naphtha steam cracker in Port Arthur (Texas/USA), which began operations in December 2001 by shipping propylene, ethylene and other raw materials for BASF’s Verbund sites in Freeport (Texas) and Geismar (Louisiana); and together with a Swedish partner, seed producer Svalöf Weibull, BASF established its own plant biotechnology research company – BASF Plant Science GmbH. The aim was to develop new business areas in agriculture and nutrition.

During this period, BASF also strengthened its portfolio. In the agricultural segment, the acquisition of part of Sandoz AG’s global corn herbicide business has boosted sales of crop protection agents, particularly in North America. It also introduced Brio, a mildew fungicide that represented a breakthrough for an entirely new class of fungicidal active ingredients – strobilurins. To reach it, BASF invested about 13 years of intensive research and development. In the polymers segment, the novelties were the biodegradable plastics Ecoflex, introduced on the market in 1998, and Ecovio, launched eight years later, which are produced with up to 75% of renewable raw materials.

Another initiative that contributed to the success of the BASF Group was the implementation of eco-efficiency analyses, a tool that allows the assessment of the life cycle of a product or a production process, “from the cradle to the grave”, balancing economic and environmental issues. The analysis considers the raw material, energy consumption, emissions and the range of recycling and disposal options, making it possible to search for alternatives if a product is neither eco-efficient nor subject to improvement.

The early 2000s were not without movement for BASF. The company acquired the crop protection business from American Home Products Corporation (AHP) and the insecticide Fipronil and selected seed treatment fungicides from Bayer CropScience, strengthening the product portfolio in the crop protection sector and doubling global sales of the its Agricultural Products division; and received authorization from the Chinese government, together with its local partner SINOPEC, to build a Verbund petrochemical site in Nanjing, a project that made it the country’s largest foreign investor in the chemical sector. Furthermore, in July 2000, the company became one of the founding members of the Global Compact, a United Nations initiative in which NGOs, companies, international business, worker representatives and key figures in science and politics join forces to develop strategies responsible growth. By joining the initiative, BASF is committed to promoting and implementing the principles related to human rights, labor relations, environmental protection and combating corruption.

In June 2001, it became one of the first companies to establish a Sustainability Council, ensuring that the principles of sustainable development are implemented across the Group. During this period, BASF also established a new organizational structure, in which the 38 regional business units and 10 global business units are designed to improve customer proximity and market presence, and announced its first global goals Long term, for environmental protection and safety. From this proposal, “BASF 2015” was born, a project awarded by The Chemical Company.

Over the following years, numerous efforts for BASF’s continued growth were made, including acquisitions and divestitures, opening of new units and product development. As a highlight, it is possible to point out the construction of a shared regional services center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, whose objective was to take over the financial and accounting services, information technology and human resources for the BASF Group companies in 15 countries in the Asia region -Pacific; the inauguration of the new integrated Verbund site in Nanjing, jointly developed with the Chinese company SINOPEC; the acquisition of Engelhard Corporation, the leading supplier of materials for catalysis and surface finishing – considered the largest acquisition in BASF’s corporate history; the opening of the first nanotechnology research center in Asia; the start of activities of the new plant for the production of superabsorbent, in Freeport (Texas/USA); a new site for polyurethane specialties in Pudong (China): BASF Polyurethanes Specialties, one of the company’s three most important innovation centers in Asia; and the construction of a new plant in Guaratinguetá (Brazil) to produce sodium methylate, a key product needed to efficiently manufacture biodiesel. In addition, BASF and Monsanto have entered into a long-term collaboration in research and development, as well as the commercialization of plant biotechnology products, with an emphasis on stress-resistant and higher-yielding crops.

In 2008 new steps are taken as an example for the chemical industry: BASF officially became a European Capital Society and became known as BASF SE (Societas Europaea); and presented a comprehensive CO2 report demonstrating that its products contribute to climate protection, reducing by three times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions used to produce, apply and dispose of such products. Process presented for the first time in the world.

Nearing its 150th anniversary, BASF planned to strengthen its position as the world’s leading chemical company and in 2011 outlined how to achieve that goal through the “We create chemistry” strategy. In a press conference, the chairman of the Board of Directors of BASF, Dr. Kurt Bock, pointed out that the company’s leadership position was due to the successful strategy in recent years and that the proposal, now, was to go further and make a significant contribution to meeting the needs of the world’s growing population. To take advantage of these opportunities, he developed four principles:
We add value as a single company
We innovate to make our customers more successful
We approach sustainable solutions
We form the best team

“We sum up what we do as a company in our corporate objective: We transform chemistry for a sustainable future,” concluded Bock. Two years later, the Chairman of the Board of Directors reinforced this idea in his speech at the Annual General Meeting: “We found that trends are shaping society and what people are asking for, so we looked for ways to meet those needs. This means researching, developing and testing until we are able to sell a new product. This is how innovations are created and this idea is contained in our purpose”.

In 2014, the BASF Group already employed around 112,000 employees worldwide, with a comprehensive portfolio of chemicals, plastics, performance products, crop protection products, oil and gas, and subsidiaries in more than eighty countries, providing products to business partners in almost every part of the world. His conglomerate consisted of six Verbund sites and approximately 380 other production sites worldwide.

BASF celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015.