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BASF celebrates its 150th anniversary

BASF celebrated its 150th anniversary today in the Feierabendhaus in Ludwigshafen. “150 years is a special company anniversary, an opportunity to look back and reflect, but also to look forward,” said Dr Kurt Bock, Chairman – Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE.
Over the past 150 years, BASF has grown from a company with 30 employees to become one of the world’s leading chemical companies with around 113,000 employees in 80 countries. “Our success today is due in part to the fact that the right course was set years ago. Especially in chemistry, we are constantly building on the achievements of our predecessors,” said Dr Bock.
The company looked back at its 150-year history in a multimedia presentation on 15 large screens. Following the beginnings with dyes, the industrial production of ammonia for fertilizer was achieved a few years later. Then plastics were added. Since then BASF’s portfolio has continuously developed and grown, ranging today from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection to oil and gas.
BASF’s Chairman thanked the company’s customers, suppliers, service providers and partners, saying, “We are pleased that many of you are in attendance from all over the world. We have worked closely with you for decades, together we have grown, we have jointly pioneered new technologies and thus expanded into new markets.”
“We were only able to achieve all of this with a high-performing and motivated leadership team and the commitment of each individual employee. We are proud of the skill and dedication of this team and how they work together globally. We will duly celebrate this at our sites around the world,” said Dr Bock.


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