BASF SE is largest operating company of the BASF Group, the world’s leading chemical conglomerate: Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, materials, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. 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. The BASF group has over 111,140 employees and posted sales of € 73.5 billion in 2011.
BASF’s integrated research system (Verbund) is made up of the central technology platforms, and the global research and development units of the various business segments, Group companies and affiliates. BASF engages in research at 33 sites in Europe alone. In addition, BASF scientists are involved in numerous alliances with leading universities, research institutes, startups, partners from industry, and customers, more than 1300 of which are based in Europe. BASF spent €1.6 billion on research and development in 2011 of which about 80 percent were invested in Europe. On a global scale, more than 10100 BASF employees are engaged in research and development, approximately 5200 of whom at BASF SE alone. Our research projects respond both to market requirements (market pull) and to current technological developments (technology push).
The centers of technical expertise supports and assists to internal customers from production, research and service units worldwide by providing specialized technical services such as automation technology.
Role in the project
BASF will be mainly active in compiling a case study of a chemical production plant Verbund, which will be made accessible to the project partners. Furthermore, BASF will support the validation activities in the role of a discussion partner for challenging the results of the application of modern process management and control technologies (beyond control theory).