BASF’s intermediates make essential contributions to our daily lifes. Customers around the world use our chemicals to produce for example coatings, plastics, elastic textile fibers, detergents, pharmaceuticals and crop protectants.

The new acetylene plant, which replaces the almost 60-year-old previous plant at the Ludwigshafen Verbund site, has an annual capacity of 90,000 metric tons. Around 20 plants at the Ludwigshafen site use acetylene as a chemical building block and starting material for manufacturing many everyday products, including pharmaceuticals, plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and highly elastic textile fibers. BASF customers use these products in the automotive, pharma, construction, consumer goods and textile industries. The integration of the plant into BASF's Verbund system offers advantages such as efficient use of resources, excellent production synergies and short supply routes. In this way, BASF is further enhancing the long-term competitiveness of the Ludwigshafen site. Carsten Triska (above), shift supervisor, and Christian Ackermann (below), plant operator, on a safety walk in the acetylene plant.

The new acetylene plant
at the Ludwigshafen Verbund site

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BASF ist weltweit führender Anbieter für funktionale Vinylmonomere. Diese hochwertigen Zwischenprodukte bewähren sich zum Beispiel bei der Herstellung von Lacken, Klebstoffen, Hochleistungsschmiermitteln, Aromastoffen und Druckfarben. Die jüngste BASF-Entwicklung in diesem Bereich ist Vinyl-Methyl-Oxazolidinon (VMOX). Es eignet sich speziell als Reaktivverdünner in UV-härtenden Lacken und Tinten. Gegenüber konventionellen Einsatzstoffen punktet VMOX mit einfacher Handhabung, ausgezeichneten Anwendungseigenschaften und vorteilhaftem toxikologischem Profil im digitalen UV-Druck und in der 3D-Druck-Technologie.


High performance for coatings and inks

Intermediates systems and solutions

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Gas Treatment

As one of the leading companies in the field of gas treatment worldwide we are the preferred partner for complex new gas plants. BASF´s proven gas treatment technologies boast about 400 references around the globe, from the deserts of North Africa to the Arctic Circle, including the world´s largest gas treatment units.

10th furnace stack of the steam cracker at BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC in Port Arthur, Texas. The site produces basic petrochemicals and operates one of the world’s largest flexible feed steam crackers and the world’s largest butadiene extraction facility.

Butadiene extraction

BASF's butadiene extraction technology with NMP (N-methylpyrrolidone) solvent is the leading technology for recovery of high purity butadiene.

Glasfaserverstärkte Verbundwerkstoffe aus dem PET-Schaum Kerdyn®, dem Epoxy-System Baxxodur® und RELEST®-Beschichtungen ermöglichen größere und hochbelastbare Windflügel. Damit wird Windenergie zu einer wirtschaftlichen Energiequelle.

Epoxy Curing Agents

The advantages of BASF’s Baxxodur products are featured in many applications - as highly efficient curing agents in various coating applications and sealing compounds, for the electrical industry as well as in composites, adhesives and flooring.

Intermediates for special applications

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Raw Materials for the Pharmaceutical Industry

BASF’s broad portfolio of products and services across the pharmaceutical value chain also includes a comprehensive portfolio of synthesis tools such as top quality building blocks, synthetic and protecting group reagents, solvents, high-purity iron salts an catalysts. 


Rubber Additives

BASF supplies a wide range of intermediates for the rubber industry and has the world’s broadest portfolio of amines for rubber chemicals and the tire industry.


Intermediates for the Paint & Coatings Industry

BASF have supplied the paint & coatings industry for many years with a wide range of high-quality intermediates for the production of modern coatings. Binders, crosslinking agents and reactive diluents as well as solvents and additives form part of our portfolio.