BASF Catalysts offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products including advanced battery materials. BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products, including advanced battery materials. We believe mobility’s future lies in more than just products. So where others come to a full stop, we’re just getting started—by leveraging the full power of BASF to continually advance our comprehensive package of sustainable solutions that enable us to travel further, as well as above and beyond. A leading supplier of high performance cathode active materials (CAM) for electrified vehicles to battery producers and automotive OEMs around the world. Protecting the air we breathe from harmful emissions through innovation. BASF leverages unsurpassed expertise in the development of emission control technologies for a wide range of market applications. BASF is committed to advancing and promoting environmentally-sound technologies to achieve a sustainable future in aviation. Offering 50 years of experience developing intelligent solutions for air quality over a wide range of applications — enabling clean air for a healthier, more sustainable future. As the global leader in chemical catalysts, BASF develops cutting-edge catalyst chemistry with our customers’ needs in mind. We want to contribute to a world that provides a viable future with enhanced quality of life for everyone. We do so by creating chemistry for our customers and society and by making the best use of available resources. BASF offers the widest portfolio of adsorbent technologies for a broad spectrum of applications in industries such as refining, petrochemical, chemical, and gas processing. At BASF, our Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst and additive offerings together with our expert technical services build the right solution to create value within any unit’s constraints. Paving the way toward a brighter, more secure future. Manufacturing products for sustainable solutions, reducing emissions from our processes, and using non-fossil fueled energy sources – all of these efforts help lead BASF on a continuing journey of sustainability. BASF Natural Gas experts have a diverse portfolio of products to custom design a solution and help you meet your Natural Gas treatment needs. BASF has been serving the natural gas treatment market for over 60 years. With more than 150 years of experience in metal sourcing, trading, and hedging, we’ve built tangible results for our industrial customers. With more than 100 years of experience in recycling materials, BASF’s end-to-end recycling program is known and trusted around the globe. As a leader in precious-metal thermocouples for many years, BASF recently applied its technological expertise to optical-based temperature measurement. With nearly 50 years of experience, we offer reliability and efficient solutions for the treatment of various gases. BASF Sorbead® Air adsorbents are alumino silicate gels in the form of hard, spherical beads. They are essential in removing water from compressed air so that the efficiency of chemical processes is not compromised. Sorbead® Air is the most energy saving and environmentally friendly adsorbent available for the air compression industry. Innovative, step-change technology with dual-purpose performance: removal of heavy hydrocarbons and water to cryogenic specifications in a single unit. Developing and producing pharmaceutical ingredients for more than 75 years, enabling us to provide the solutions you need to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges for your pharmaceutical business. Find the latest news and media information for BASF’s Catalysts division, headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey, USA, the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. Explore this collection of resources to learn more about our innovative research and Catalyst solutions.
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Creating a sustainable European battery materials value chain

We believe electromobility, combined with renewable energy, is a key part of reconciling the global desire for individual mobility against the need to significantly reduce global emissions. Together with the new plant for precursor of cathode active materials in Harjavalta, Finland, our new plant for cathode active materials in Schwarzheide will deliver more sustainable, high-performance cathode active materials to our customers in Europe and contribute to build up a sustainable European battery value chain. Both plants are planned to start-up around the end of 2022 with an initial capacity enabling the supply of around 400,000 full electric vehicles per year.

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BASF's investment in Europe will help customers keep the carbon footprint through the value chain as low as possible. Our cathode active materials will have an industry leading low CO₂ impact. Thanks to our efficient manufacturing process, the high share of renewable energy, the upstream integration into the key raw materials like Cobalt and Nickel, as well as the short transportation route along the value chain we are able to reduce the CO₂ footprint significantly – by around 40% compared to benchmark players. BASF researchers are also working on an innovative process for recycling battery raw materials. This will enable us to close the loop and significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

Snapshot on the new plant in Schwarzheide

BASF Catalysts | EBMI Schwarzheide, Germany

BASF’s new plant for cathode active materials is located at the BASF site in Schwarzheide, one of the largest European sites within the BASF Group after its headquarters in Ludwigshafen. The new plant will focus on the production of high-energy density cathode active materials and use precursors from the new plant in Harjavalta, Finland. This will also send a positive signal for shaping the structural change in the Lausitz region. The site in Schwarzheide uses an energy-efficient gas and steam turbine power plant that operates on the principle of combined heat and power generation. It is currently being modernized to further increase its eco-efficiency. Until the battery materials plant is commissioned, the integration of renewable energies is also planned.

With the commissioning of the plant, more than 150 jobs will be created. This will also send a positive signal for shaping the structural economy change in the Lausitz region.

The investment is supported by the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Brandenburg within the IPCEI on Batteries.

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Sponsors: Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag and Ministry of Economics, Labour and Energy of the State of Brandenburg on the basis of a resolution of the Brandenburg State Parliament.

Snapshot on the new plant in Harjavalta

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BASF’s new plant for precursor cathode active materials is located in close proximity to partner companies in the Harjavalta industrial park. This ensures the secure and reliable supply of raw materials and also reduces the carbon footprint during transportation. To further minimize the CO2 impact, the new plant will use 100% locally generated renewable electrical energy resources, including hydro, wind and biomass-based power. It will offer more than 100 job opportunities to the Satakunnan region and will be an important building block in the establishment of a Finnish battery value chain. The investment is co-funded by Business Finland within the IPCEI on Batteries.

Updates from European Battery Materials Investment Projects

Find a selection of recent project updates on our two investments in Harjavalta, Finland and Schwarzheide, Germany:

Groundbreaking Event in Schwarzheide, Germany

BASF Catalysts | EBMI Schwarzheide, Germany

On November 13th, 2020, we celebrated another important milestone of our European investment project with the symbolic groundbreaking event at BASF Schwarzheide site. Learn about our strategic investment and watch the replay of the virtual event below.

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