At BASF, they create chemistry and have been doing so for 150 years. The company’s portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products through to oil and gas. With sales of around 74 billion Euros in 2013, and over 112,000 employees, BASF is one of the world’s leading chemical companies.
Its six Verbund sites and around 380 additional production sites support customers and partners in almost every country in the world – and nearly every industry. BASF has been active in Australia for more than 90 years and today operates 12 production sites and several sales offices across the country.
As a leading chemical solutions provider to the mining industry, BASF provides solutions that contribute to efficient and sustainable mining. For the mineral processing and metal production segments, it offers an extensive range of products and technologies for solid-liquid separation, tailings management and solvent extraction as well as flotation, grinding, dispersing, agglomerating and others. In addition, it supports the industry with customer engineering solutions for storage, mixing, dosing and process control for a wide range of applications.
BASF’s commitment to innovative chemistries and products has resulted in a history of market leading brands such as Magnafloc®, Alclar®, Rheomax® DR, Drimax, LIX®, Alamine® and Rheomax® ETD. BASF also provides ground support and consolidation techniques and materials, which directly enhance safety and improve productivity in underground construction. The following products are offered for hard rock and coal mining: alkali-free set accelerators for sprayed concrete, concrete admixtures, injection systems, backfill products, thin spray-on liners, cavity filling, and face and strata consolidation.
Innovation based on effective and efficient research and development is an important growth engine for BASF. In 2013, around 10,600 employees across the globe worked in interdisciplinary teams on innovative processes and products for a sustainable future. Spending on research and development totalled 1.84 billion Euros.
With experts around the world and dedicated research and development facilities in proximity to key mining centres, BASF is uniquely placed to support the industry with intelligent chemistry and system solutions along the entire mining value chain.
In Australia, BASF is involved in a number of collaborations with leading universities and research institutes. It even operates its global mining research and development centre in Perth. There, BASF scientists focus on specific innovation needs for mineral processing and metal production to help reduce energy and improve water re-use at mines in Australia and around the world.