BASF will combine its businesses with water solutions and
oilfield and mining solutions effective April 1, 2013, to
increase efficiency and support its growth strategies, the
company said late Wednesday.
The new global business unit will be located in Ludwigshafen,
By combining the strengths of these businesses,
sharpening our focused market approach and at the same time
increasing operational and innovation excellence, we are in a
good position to advance innovative solutions to the water,
oilfield and mining industries, said Hans W. Reiners,
president of BASFs performance chemicals division.
BASF says it offers a wide range of products for key processes
of industrial and municipal water treatment, products for the
drilling and completion of oil wells and mineral processing
reagents for the mining industry. All three businesses include
parts of the polyacrylamide (PAM) value chain.
The company said significant investments are planned to upgrade
the performance of existing production plants, create
additional capacity, strengthen research and development
(R&D) efforts and establish a new bio-acrylamide process
for further cost optimization.
Job cuts planned
As part of the plan for its water
solutions business, BASF expects to reduce its workforce
by about 215 positions worldwide, with most of the planned job
reductions will occur at the Bradford and Grimsby sites in the
The planned comprehensive measures are needed to achieve
cost competitiveness," said Reiners.
"These efforts will be backed by considerable investments in
new technologies in Europe as well as in North America and in
R&D, he added.
BASF expects to complete the planned measures at the latest by
end of 2015.
Within the future setup, the PAM product line and the
respective operations will be jointly managed for all three
businesses following an integrated PAM strategy covering both,
cationic and anionic PAM.
Water solutions to divest industrial water management
BASF added that its new water solutions business
will in future fully concentrate on providing innovative
chemical solutions to the water market.
As a result, the company is planning to divest its
service-oriented industrial water management business, located
in Lyon, France, to a strategic partner "capable to further
expand the business" and "giving the current 61 employees a
long-term perspective", it said.