With an area of approximately ten square kilometres the Ludwigshafen Verbund site is the world’s largest integrated chemical complex. As the headquarters of BASF, it is also the cradle of the Verbund concept, where production facilities, energy flows and logistics are networked together intelligently. This integration leads to efficient value-adding chains from basic chemicals to highly sophisticated products. The backbone of the Ludwigshafen production Verbund is a dense network of around 200 production plants that are connected to each other by over 2,850 kilometers of pipelines and more than 230 kilometers of rail track. At BASF’s Ludwigshafen site, some 8,000 sales products are produced with a total volume of 8.5 million metric tons per year from just a few raw materials, such as naphtha, rock salt and sulfur. The site also serves as a technology platform and the center of corporate research.
- Chemicals (Petrochemicals, Intermediates)
- Materials (Performance Materials, Monomers)
- Industrial Solutions (Dispersions & Pigments, Performance Chemicals)
- Surface Technologies (Catalysts, Coatings, Construction Chemicals)
- Nutrition & Care (Care Chemicals, Nutrition & Health)
- Agricultural Solutions
Number of Employees
About 39,000 people are directly employed at BASF Ludwigshafen Site (BASF SE, BASF Group companies and third party companies)
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An effective logistical infrastructure complements the Verbund. Keystones are the intermodal transport terminal (300,000 units/year), the modern logistics center (100,000 tons packed chemicals, eightfold throughput per year), harbor facilities and connection by block trains to Antwerp, Rotterdam, Eastern Germany and the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, ethylene and propylene pipelines link Ludwigshafen to other key chemical complexes.
Comprehensive production Verbund: organic, inorganic and intermediate products.
Electricity, steam, natural gas, industrial gases, water
Warehouses and tank farms
BASF and ARCUS sign agreement on the production and procurement of pyrolysis oil from mixed plastic waste at Ludwigshafen, Germany
Agreement foresees take-up of up to 100,000 tons of pyrolysis oil per year
BASF, SABIC and Linde start construction of the world’s first demonstration plant for large-scale electrically heated steam cracker furnaces at Ludwigshafen, Germany
Demonstration plant with 6 megawatts input of renewable electrical energy to be fully integrated into a steam cracker at BASF’s Ludwigshafen Verbund site
BASF expands world-scale vitamin A formulation plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany
Increasing capacities for vitamin A powder in line with higher vitamin A acetate production capacity. Full integration into vitamin A production complex. Start-up scheduled for mid-2023
BASF ramps up Methane sulfonic acid output at the Ludwigshafen Verbund site in Germany
New methane sulfonic acid plant started up at Ludwigshafen. Additional sales volumes available in the third quarter of 2022. Special properties of methane sulfonic acid add value in numerous applic...