About BASF

BASF Catalysts, headquartered in New Jersey, is a global division of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. In June 2006, BASF made the largest acquisition in its 143 year history, acquiring Engelhard Corporation, a company founded in 1908 in Newark under the stewardship of Charles Engelhard, one of the forerunners in the industrial use of precious metals.

Engelhard was one of the revered names in catalysis — famous for, among other things, the invention of the catalytic converter — one of the most successful pollution control technologies of the 20th Century. Through a combination of ingenuity, hard work and unique knowledge of surface and materials science — primarily precious metals-based — Engelhard lead the introduction of this critically important device in time for the Clean Air Act of 1975. The result has been the elimination of literally millions of tons of pollutants from fuel-burning engines around the world.

BASF invested in this leader in environmental and process catalysts to grow the business and leverage innovation and expand further into markets.

BASF Catalysts employs more than 5000, with 35 manufacturing sites worldwide. It is the first global division of BASF headquartered outside of Germany, with executive offices and a Global Research and Development Center for catalysis based in Iselin, NJ.

BASF Catalysts, part of the BASF Group, offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics, adsorbents and other products.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF’s high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has over 95,000 employees and posted sales of 52.6 billion (approximately $66.1 billion) in 2006.

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