BASF to divest its oleochemical surfactants business in Mexico to the Stepan Company

June 14, 2017


  • Transaction includes manufacturing site in Ecatepec, Estado de Mexico

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, June 13, 2017 – BASF Mexicana, S.A. DE C.V. has entered an agreement to sell a portion of the oleochemical surfactants business in Mexico to the Stepan Company for an undisclosed price. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to applicable regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of certain other requirements.

The Mexico oleochemical surfactants business is part of BASF´s Care Chemicals division. The transaction includes the Mexico oleochemical surfactants product portfolio and associated intellectual property, as well as the production assets at the Ecatepec manufacturing site in Estado de Mexico. Under the terms of the agreement, most of the BASF employees at the Ecatepec site will transfer to the Stepan Company.

“The sale of the oleochemical surfactants business in Mexico to Stepan will allow us to focus on other areas of our broad portfolio and provide continuity for our customers,” said Michael Stumpp, President, BASF Mexicana. “Ensuring a smooth transition to Stepan and honoring our obligations to customers, suppliers and employees will be a priority.”

“With this divestiture, BASF’s Care Chemicals business will help our customers in Mexico grow further by focusing on more strategic aspects of our home care, personal care and industrial solutions portfolio, including optical effects, specialty co-surfactants, actives, emulsifiers and polymers,” said Scott Thomson, Senior Vice President, Care Chemicals for BASF, North America.

BASF’s leading oleochemical surfactants business in the U.S., Europe, and Asia is not impacted by this decision. Oleochemical surfactants are used primarily for making soaps and detergents in a wide range of home care and personal care products.

About BASF´s Care Chemicals division

The BASF division Care Chemicals offers a broad range of ingredients for personal care, hygiene, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. We are the global leading supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaners industry and support our customers with innovative and sustainable products, solutions and concepts. The division’s high-performance product portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients and UV filters. Superabsorbent polymers developed for the full spectrum of hygiene applications complete the range. We have production and development sites in all regions and are expanding our presence in emerging markets. Further information is available on the Internet at

About BASF Mexico

BASF Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean has their corporate offices in Mexico City. With more than 2,000 employees and 8 production sites in the region. For further information, visit

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at

Jose Luis Acosta

BASF Mexico, Centroamerica y el Caribe
Phone: (52) 5553252648

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