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BASF Works with Digital Start-Ups with Visionary Ideas for the Mobility Industry

"We work with young entrepreneurs who have the potential to change the future of mobility and production," said Jürgen Becky, Senior Vice President Performance Materials at BASF.

Alexander Weisz (l.), Associate Partner at start-up Quantoz, and Jan Buchmann, Head of IT Innovation at BASF, present an intelligent logistics concept based on the blockchain technology at EXPO Day of the innovation platform STARTUP AUTOBAHN.

BASF is No. 25 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list


Why drive to the gas station when the gas station could come to you? That's what the creative minds behind start-up POMP asked themselves. Their vision: a car that automatically informs its owner about a low fuel tank and gets refilled on-site through mobile fuel service vehicles. With support of the fuel additives experts from BASF, this mobile gas station concept is now being developed further.

This and other innovative ideas around mobility and digitalization were presented at the EXPO Day of start-up accelerator STARTUP AUTOBAHN in Stuttgart on July 25. Alongside other corporates, like Daimler, Porsche, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise / DXC Technology, BASF has been partnering and mentoring selected start-ups in pilot projects in the areas of blockchain, sensor technology, augmented reality, future manufacturing, and product simulation.

"We believe that big ideas start small. That's why we work with young entrepreneurs who have the potential to change the future of mobility and production," says Jürgen Becky, Senior Vice President Performance Materials at BASF. "It's at STARTUP AUTOBAHN, where – figuratively speaking – the ingenuity of Carl Benz or Fritz Haber meets the visionary ideas of Steve Jobs. It is this enthusiasm for new things and entrepreneurial spirit that we want to foster within BASF to strengthen our own innovation power and competitiveness."

As the leading chemical supplier to the automotive industry, BASF is a strong innovation partner and enabler for the mobility solutions of tomorrow. As an example, BASF's plastics experts contribute their material competence and processing know-how to a pilot project with start-up KREATIZE. Its digital platform facilitates the direct exchange between Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and supplier. Carmakers can upload CAD files of their automotive parts onto the platform. Thanks to a matching algorithm they can find the best possible material and production process for it, order right away, and pay directly online.

Another pilot project relates to supply chains: How do you recognize that a delivery is incomplete or damaged, even before you receive it? The start-up Quantoz, together with BASF and start-up Ahrma, found a smart answer to this question: an intelligent pallet that not only informs about its position and movement, but also its loading status as well as a possible impact or drop.

Thus, missing or damaged parts could be automatically re-ordered. By using Quantoz' blockchain technology, the security and trust in the data integrity could be additionally increased. This combination provides an outlook for a secure and transparent material and data flow in the future.

But STARTUP AUTOBAHN is not BASF's only initiative around digital innovation and start-ups. With AgroStart, for instance, BASF supports digital start-up companies in the agricultural sector in South America. BASF is also pursuing innovative solutions within its nutrition and health business in partnership with RocketSpace and their TERRA start-up accelerator program.

Furthermore, BASF participates in the "Digital Hub Ludwigshafen/Mannheim" located in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which is part of an initiative developed by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The hub aims to strengthen the start-up activities in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, to raise international awareness for digital chemistry and digital health, and to collaborate with scientific partners from all around the world on these topics. In addition, BASF wants to attract digital talents, both for the company and the region.

BASF Introduces AUROOM, a Platform for the Digital Visualization of Automotive Exterior Colors

Virtual coatings including complex effects can immediately be mapped on any 3D geometry for color assessment.

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Originally Published by BASF.

With AUROOM, BASF's Coatings division introduces a digital platform which enables OEM designers to access a database of photo-realistic virtual car colors. BASF's virtual colors capture all facets of automotive coatings including lightness flop, color flop and sparkling. By mapping these colors on car models, OEM designers can virtually paint every color proposal and gain realistic impressions of colors and effects on a complete car already in an early design phase. AUROOM will be a valuable tool for OEM designers to speed up and perfect the overall color design process as they are no longer solely dependent on physical samples that need to be painted and shipped. AUROOM provides further innovative features like real-time side by side comparison of different color shades of the same color group to make the right color decision easier.

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Workaround, ALBIS PLASTIC and BASF Optimize Smart Glove for Industrial Applications

ProGlove from Workaround makes scanning processes safer and more efficient.

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In close cooperation, Workaround GmbH, ALBIS PLASTIC GmbH and BASF have modified an important component of the smart glove ProGlove. After deep analysis, Ultramid Vision is now being used on the integrated scanning unit, allowing even simpler, quicker and safer work processes. The ProGlove is already in everyday use by leading branded manufacturers in the automotive, logistics and chemical sectors. The optimized version is now being presented to a wide specialist audience at Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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BASF Has Developed the World's First Particle Foam Based on Polyethersulfone

The foam, that is lightweight, stiff and strong, highly temperature resistant, intrinsically flame retardant, is suitable for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains.

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After two years of intensive research, BASF is now able to present prototypes of the world's first particle foam based on polyethersulfone (PESU). The foam is characterized by its unique combination of properties: high-temperature resistance, inherent flame retardancy - and its extreme light weight coupled with great stiffness and strength. It is therefore particularly well suited for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains, which require excellent mechanical properties together with the ability to withstand high operating temperatures or to meet stringent flame-retardant requirements. The expandable PESU granulate is pre-foamed into beads with low densities between 40 and 120 g/L and can be processed into molded parts with complex 3D geometries using technologies available on the market.

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BASF closes acquisition of vegetable seeds business from Bayer

It strengthens BASF's seed platform and complements the recently expanded Agricultural Solutions portfolio, which includes seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming.

Originally Published by BASF.

BASF closed the acquisition of Bayer's global vegetable seeds business, mainly operating under the brand Nunhems®. The transaction adds a well-recognized brand with a very successful business track record to BASF's portfolio. The acquired vegetable seeds business comprises 24 crops and about 2,600 varieties. It also includes well-established, strong R&D and breeding systems with over 100 unique breeding programs in more than 15 crops.

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BASF Receives NPA's Novel Ingredient and Science Award for its Portfolio of Natural Cosmetic Ingredients

NPA's Natural Standard and Certification for Personal Care Products is a set of guidelines that dictate whether a product can be deemed truly "natural", and comes to protect and educate consumers.

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The Natural Products Association (NPA) recognized BASF for having the largest selection of ingredients for cosmetic manufacturers who want to certify their products according to the NPA Natural Standard. The 25th Annual NPA Awards honors outstanding individuals and companies that have made valuable contributions to the success of the natural products industry.

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BASF advances capabilities in infant nutrition with launch of 2'- fucosyllactose

BASF has received EU Novel Food approval for 2'-FL and is currently supporting regulatory clearance to facilitate access to other key markets.

Originally Published by BASF.

Newtrition®, BASF's human nutrition brand, will launch 2'-fucosyllactose (2'-FL), a human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) for the infant nutrition market by early 2019. HMOs are a unique group of carbohydrates naturally found in human breast milk with 2'-FL being the most abundant.

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BASF Calls for Proposals: Inaugural Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge

The selected applicants will receive valuable insights on how BASF can support, collaborate, and partner at different stages of solution development; from ideation to prototyping, supply chain and commercialization.

Originally Published by BASF.

Newtrition®, BASF's human nutrition brand invites innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide to participate in the first-ever Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge. Co-hosted by Newtrition and BASF Venture Capital (BVC), the challenge is an opportunity for applicants to present breakthrough solutions for pressing health challenges to the jury that is composed of representatives from BVC, BASF Human Nutrition R&D, marketing and sales, as well as a panel of renowned professors at a one-day event in Singapore on October 8, 2018.

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BASF Submits Regulatory Dossiers for Two New Herbicide Active Ingredients

Global registration initiatives have started for herbicides Luximo™ and Tirexor.™

Originally Published by BASF.

BASF has started the global registration initiatives for two new herbicide active ingredients. The company submitted the regulatory dossier for Luximo™ herbicide in the European Union (EU) and in Australia and for Tirexor™ herbicide in Australia as well. These steps are important milestones in expanding BASF's global herbicide portfolio. The two compounds have demonstrated excellent performance against a broad range of difficult-to-control grasses and broadleaf weeds and are expected to help growers worldwide successfully safeguard their crops while managing the ongoing challenge of herbicide resistance.

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