BASF is a German chemical company, and the largest chemical producer in the world. The group comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in 80+ countries, operating 6 integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa. BASF is one of the world’s largest suppliers of plastics.ref Sales break down as follows:
- 34.2%: Functional products: performance materials (35.7%), catalysts (34.8%), coatings (18%) and construction chemicals (11.5%);
- 26.3%: Chemicals: petrochemicals (41.8%), inorganic products (39.2%), and intermediate products (19%);
- 25.3%: High-performance materials: dispersions and pigments (33.5%), care chemicals (31.1%), performance chemicals (24.7%) and nutrition products (10.7%);
- 9.8%: Agrochemicals;
- 4.4%: Other.
Products and Industries
- 2.97% Vanguard Group Inc
- 1.73% Norges Bank Investment Management
- 1.43% Franklin Advisers Inc
- 1.35% Deutsche Bank AG#DWS Investment GmbH
- 1.14% Deutsche Bank AG#DWS Investments (UK) Ltd
- 1.13% Crédit Agricole SA § Amundi Asset Management SA
- 1.05% BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG
- 1.01% Union Investment Privatfonds GmbH
- 0.93% Thornburg Investment Management Inc
- 0.88% Flossbach von Storch AG
Their forecast for 2018 included the agreed acquisition of significant parts of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide businesses, which is expected to close in the first half of 2018. See also 
They also intend to merge their oil and gas activities with the business of DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG and its subsidiaries. ref
BASF continued to be included in the MSCI ESG Ratings in 2017 with a score of AA. MSCI made special mention of BASF’s leading environmental protection programs.ref
Has its roots in IG Farben.
- 1985: Inmont Corporation, the largest American maker of printing and packaging inks, was bought from United Technologies Corporation.ref
Ciba Specialty Chemicals
- Oct.2013: Jobs/Restructuring: the entire workforce at the Hawkhead Road factory was axed as production was moved to South Korea. The factory was formerly operated by Ciba-Geigy, and then Ciba Specialty Chemicals, before being taken over by BASF and renamed to BASF Performance Products plc.ref
- Mar.2010: BASF Schweiz AG: Ciba was renamed.ref
- ??.2009: BASF Performance Products Ltd: Ciba Speciality Chemicals's name was changed when almost all of the Ciba businesses were integrated into BASF's Performance Products division.
- Apr.2009: BASF completed the acquisition of Ciba Holding AG, and integrated it into the BASF group.ref
- Sept.2008: BASF: Ciba Speciality Chemicals's board of directors agreed to a takeover offer from BASF, the world's largest chemicals company.ref
- 2007: Ciba Inc: Ciba Speciality Chemicals was renamed.
- 2006: The Textile Dyes and Chemical Auxiliaries business was sold to the Huntsman Corporation.
- 2004: Raisio Chemicals, the paper chemical division of Finnish company Raisio Group, was acquired.ref
- 2004: Raisio Chemicals: a paper chemical manufacturer, was bought by Ciba Speciality Chemicals from the Raisio Group.
- Mar.1999: Ciba's Water Treatments business was integrated into its Additives division.
- Aug.1998: Colors Division was created from the combination of Ciba's Pigments and Textile Dyes divisions, resulting in the first specialty chemicals business focusing solely on the colours industry.
- Mar.1998: Allied Colloids plc, a Bradford-based international water treatments company, became part of the Ciba group as its new Water Treatments division.
- Mar.1997: Ciba Specialty Chemicals was formed from Ciba's specialty chemicals divisions - Additives, Consumer Care, Pigments, Performance Polymers and Textile Dyes - and spun-off as a new, independent, enterprise, listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange.ref
- ??.1997: Sandoz AG's North American corn herbicide business was sold to BASF.ref
- Mar.1996: Novartis: Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy announced plans to merge into one global life sciences group, forming Novartis. Part of the merger agreement was that Ciba-Geigy's industrial chemicals business would be spun off, which led to the formation of Ciba Specialty Chemicals plc.ref,ref
- Corporate Political Engagement Index 2018. The new index of 104 multi-national companies, many of whom regularly meet with govt, has found nearly 75% are failing to adequately disclose how they engage with politicians. Only one company received the highest grade, with the average grade being "E" – representing poor standards in transparency. Transparency International UK, Nov.2018.