This company, headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany, is engaged in the production and supply of basic chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and nutrition, and oil and gas. It was founded in April 1865 in Mannheim by Friedrich Engelhorn. Since then, it has grown to become the world's leading chemical company, and among the leading producers of plastics. With approximately 105,000 employees, six Verbund sites, and 385 production sites worldwide, it serves customers and partners in almost all countries of the world.The company offers a broad range of products through its six business segments: Chemicals, Plastics, Performance Products, Functional Solutions, Agricultural Solutions, and Oil and Gas. The Chemicals unit consists of inorganics such as ammonia, methanol, sodium hydroxide, chlorine, and sulfuric and nitric acid; petrochemicals such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene and benzene; and intermediates, including amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Its Plastics segment primarily offers biodegradable plastics, engineering plastics, foams, polyamide and intermediates, polyurethanes, and styrenics. The Performance Products business supplies a variety of pigments, resins, dispersions and additives for the coatings and paints industry; polymers, surfactants, chelating agents, UV filters and other specialties; vitamins, carotenoids and enzymes; binders, functional and process chemicals, starch products and kaolin minerals; and antioxidants, pigments, light stabilizers and specialty additives. The Functional Solutions segment produces various kinds of catalysts, construction chemicals and coatings for the automotive and construction industries. Its Agricultural Solutions segment develops and produces innovative active ingredients and formulations for the improvement of crop health and yields. The company's oil and gas activities are bundled in the Wintershall Group. Wintershall and its subsidiaries are involved in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas; and trading, transportation, and storage of natural gas.The mission of the company is to offer intelligent solutions based on innovative products and tailor-made services. It creates opportunities for success through trusted and reliable partnerships. The company operates important production sites in Schwarzheide, Germany; Tarragona, Spain; Texas, USA; Altamira, Mexico; Guaratingueta, Brazil; Shanghai, China; Yokkaichi, Japan; and Ulsan, Korea. Its main markets are Europe, North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Its customer base consists of the automotive, construction, packaging, pharmaceutical, personal care, and other processing industries.
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