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Based in Wyandotte, Michigan, BASF Polyurethanes North America is led by Gerry Podesta, Group Vice President. The company has four divisions that offer a diverse range of technologies, manufacturing materials and finished products.


Polyurethane Chemicals


  • Raw materials for a wide variety of industries, including construction, flexible foam, rigid insulation, orientated strand board (OSB) production, furniture, packaging, transportation, commercial adhesives and sealants, foundry and others. BASF Polyurethanes is a major North American supplier of MDI, TDI and polyether polyols.


Specialty Systems


  • Two-component chemical systems for a wide range of rigid and flexible foam markets involved in the manufacture of refrigerators and other appliances, flotation equipment, shoe soles, recreational products, construction products like building panels and spray-applied polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing and insulation, insulated food containers and a broad spectrum of automotive components, both functional and aesthetic.


Cellasto® MCUs, The NVH Solution


  • Microcellular polyurethanes that are molded in a range of forms to produce jounce bumpers, coil spring isolators, shock mounts and body mounts.


Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethanes


  • Thermoplastics to suit an array of commercial, industrial and consumer products. As one of the most versatile products available, typical applications include caster wheels, shoe soles, nonwovens, irrigation hoses, reinforced tubing, wire and cable jacketing, in-line skate boots, automotive side body moldings, airbag covers and power tools.


About BASF Corporation


BASF Corporation is headquartered in Florham Park, NJ, and is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen. Approximately 16,400 employees serve customers across the continent, with sales of $17.7b in 2010. Worldwide, BASF has 109,000 employees and generated €63.9b in 2010.


In both 2008 and 2009, BASF was ranked first among companies in the materials sector on the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. BASF is included in the Innovest Global 100 list, as well as the FTSE4Good Index and Storebrand SRI Funds. 2009 marked the ninth consecutive year BASF has been included in the DJSI World rankings. BASF also earned the top rating of 100 percent in the 2009 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.


BASF is a founding member of the United Nations Global Compact LEAD, a new platform created by the UN Global Compact to take environmental, social and governance performance to the next level and set a new benchmark for corporate sustainability. Global Compact LEAD companies are expected to share their knowledge through the initiative's local networks in more than 90 countries, and to report on their activities at an advanced level. Participants also pledge to work more actively with United Nations agencies, funds and programs, many of which have built significant business partnership capacities in recent years, recognizing the critical role of business in addressing global challenges.


In 2012, BASF was named the world’s most transparent chemical company, in a global ranking by non-governmental organization Transparency International. BASF was also the top rated German-headquartered company of any industry. Transparency in Corporate Reporting scored 105 of the top publicly-traded companies based on their public commitment to transparency. Company scores were based on public availability of information about anti-corruption systems, transparency in reporting on how they structure themselves, and the amount of financial information they provide for each country they operate in.


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