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BASF to break ground for new sodium methylate plant in Brazil

World-scale plant with a capacity of 60,000 metric tons


BASF broke ground for its new production plant for sodium methylate in Guaratinguetá, Brazil, its largest site in South America. The plant will have a capacity of 60,000 metric tons per year and is primarily intended to supply the regional market. It is the second BASF plant for this product, in ...


BASF to realign fuel cell business

BASF to focus competencies at BASF Fuel Cell Inc. in Somerset, New Jersey, USA


BASF is realigning its business for the fuel cell market. In the future, competencies for the production of high-temperature membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) will be concentrated in Somerset, New Jersey. Operational activities at the BASF Fuel Cell GmbH site in Frankfurt, Germany, will be ...


BASF takes steps to optimize its structures

Preparations to integrate Ciba businesses


BASF is taking steps to optimize its structures in order to sharpen the company’s focus on its customer industries. At the same time, BASF is laying the foundation for the rapid and efficient integration of Ciba’s businesses. In particular, BASF’s Performance Products segment is being developed ...


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Fred Baumgartner to head new Paper Chemicals division at BASF

Stefano Pigozzi succeeds Baumgartner as head of Inorganics division


The Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, has appointed Dr. Ehrenfried (Fred) Baumgartner (56) as head of its new Paper Chemicals division with effect from April 1, 2009. Stefano Pigozzi (45), who is currently responsible for the department Glues & Impregnating Resins Europe, is ...


3rd International BASF Boron Conference in Heidelberg

Successful exchange between industry and science


Where does boron chemistry stand at present? Which way are developments headed? These were the questions addressed by more than 100 visitors from the worlds of science and industry at the 3rd International Boron Conference, who again drew attention to the importance of boron compounds for ...


EU chemical industry: Good year 2007, slowdown expected for 2008


Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, expects output in the chemical industry (excluding pharmaceuticals) to grow by 2.6% in 2007, compared to 2.1% in 2006. The 2007 growth figure lies above the average growth rate over the last five years, which is due in part to recovery from technical ...


BASF Board of Executive Directors

New team as of 2008


The Supervisory Board of BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, has appointed two new members to the Board of Executive Directors: Dr. Harald Schwager (47) and Dr. Wolfgang Büchele (48). The appointments will take effect on January 1, 2008. In addition, the contracts of two current members of the ...


Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) Announces Changes in Corporate Management


Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) decided at its board of directors meeting on changes in corporate management that will take effect early next year. SDK also decided to abolish the titles of Executive Vice President, Senior Managing Director and Managing Director. The term of directors, currently two ...


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New Head of BASF's Styrenics Division


As of December 1, 2005, Hans W. Reiners has taken over responsibility for BASF's Styrenics Operating Division. He is succeeding Dr. Fred Baumgartner, who will be heading the Inorganics Operating Division starting January 1, 2006. Hans Walther Reiners was born in 1963 in Aachen, Germany, where he ...


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EU chemical industry: slowdown in 2005

Better prospect for 2006


According to its year end "Economic Outlook", Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, expects output in the chemical industry (excluding pharmaceuticals) to grow by only 1.6% in 2005, compared to 2.6% in 2004. The year 2006 may show a modest improvement, possibly reaching growth of 2.3%. ...


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