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Custom Catalysts

As the global leader in catalysis with more than 100 years of catalyst manufacturing experience, BASF offers a broad range of manufacturing assets combined with critical expertise in custom catalyst development.

We collaborate with customers to develop and commercialize catalyst technologies. From idea creation to scale-up and manufacturing, BASF provides service through the entire value chain. Our proven business model was created with experience earned from more than 50 years of custom manufacturing.

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With more than 50 years of successful custom catalyst partnerships, BASF has an impeccable reputation for maintaining full confidentiality and intellectual property (IP) protection for customers. We offer the commercial production of unique materials with customized functionality to meet strategic business objectives. With our surface and material science competencies, customers have what they need to create customized functionalities and enhance yield, selectivity, and lifetime.

Extensive Resources

Our unmatched research and development (R&D) resources include specialized custom catalyst scale-up experts supported by more than 1,100 catalyst R&D experts globally.

Comprehensive Assets

Customers who work with BASF gain access to a broad range of catalyst manufacturing assets in more than 40 manufacturing sites around the world.

Flexible Process

Our varying business models range from tolling of fully commercialized manufacturing processes to joint development arrangements, which provides our customers with added flexibility.


With our long history of successful catalyst manufacturing, BASF understands that an outstanding custom catalyst requires a well-established partnership built on trust. Our methodology relies on the creation and maintenance of an open dialogue with customers. BASF’s portfolio of successful customer relationships is broad and mostly confidential, but three partners are in the public domain.

Sasol and BASF have collaborated in the development of Fischer-Tropsch catalysts.

Lummus partnered with BASF to develop catalysts via Olefin Conversion Technology (OCT).

Oxy Vinyls LP began a partnership with BASF to create fluid bed oxychlorination catalysts.

Become a Partner

Partner with BASF to make the most of our extensive resources, world-class technologies and decades’ worth of knowledge in the custom catalysts arena.

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At BASF, we combine a comprehensive portfolio of proven custom catalyst manufacturing services with an infrastructure of knowledgeable chemists and researchers. That’s how we turn catalysts into commercial reality.

From manufacturing to development, BASF has the foundation to support even the most challenging design and processing requirements. With our assets and resources, we have the ability for rapid scale-up and mass production in a cost-efficient manner.

Where We Operate

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