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BASF companies supply raw materials to most industries in the UK and Ireland. Sales to customers in the UK and Ireland in 2011 totalled about £2.8 billion.
BASF Group companies employ nearly 2000 people in the UK and Ireland. BASF Group manufacture construction chemicals; omega-3 fatty acids; polyurethane systems; industrial coatings; pigments; products used to enhance industrial processing in various industries such as papermaking, mining, oil extraction, wastewater treatment and textile processing; and ingredients that are used in home and personal care products such as thickening agents.
BASF companies supply a wide range of raw materials to most industries. Our main areas of activity are Chemicals, Coatings, Construction Chemicals, Crop Protection and Plastics.
BASF was founded on 6 April 1865 in Mannheim, in the German-speaking country of Baden by Friedrich Engelhorn. He had been responsible for setting up a gasworks and street lighting for the town council in 1861. The gasworks produced tar as a byproduct, and Engelhorn used this for the production of dyes. BASF was set up in 1865 to produce other chemicals necessary for dye production, notably soda and acids. The plant, however, was erected on the other side of the Rhine river at Ludwigshafen because the town council of Mannheim was afraid that the air pollution of the chemical plant could bother the inhabitants of the town. In 1866 the dye production processes were also moved to the BASF site.