Driving a pioneering superabsorbent technology

March 27, 2014

Press Release

Evaluation of investments in new and existing production sites for superabsorbent polymers

Ludwigshafen, Germany, March 27, 2014 – BASF is going to expand its leading position in the production of superabsorbent polymers for the global hygiene industry with a new technology. This innovation delivers superabsorbent polymers with unique properties and breakthrough performance that will provide significant additional value to the customers.

“This new technology offers a significant market potential and we are evaluating possible investments into this technology at both existing and new production locations. BASF will further expand in emerging economies to support our customers’ demand and the new technology provides a perfect platform for that growth as well,” said Michael Heinz, member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE.

The pioneering technology is based on market trends and customer requirements, thus opening new opportunities for BASF’s customers in the hygiene industry. “This technology provides us with the innovation potential for future product generations,” said Teressa Szelest, Senior Vice President of the Global Hygiene Business, BASF SE.

Superabsorbent polymers have high absorption capacity and deliver other key functionality – making them excellent to use in a variety of applications concerning the basic needs in our life such as baby diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products.

About BASF´s Hygiene Business
The Hygiene business unit of BASF is a leading partner of the global hygiene industry. It delivers solutions designed to meet specific market requirements in various hygiene applications and aspire to anticipate our customers´ needs by developing superior, innovative superabsorbents and other pioneering and sustainable hygiene solutions. With a global network of research, production and service sites, supported by the overall BASF Verbund and infrastructure, it invests in its customers´ success in both developed and emerging markets. BASF is committed to offering its customers excellent services, making the BASF Hygiene business unit the trusted and reliable partner of the global hygiene industry.
More information at www.hygiene.basf.com

About BASF
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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