|BASF is a large international chemical company that produces a wide range of products in 39 countries and engages in business with customers in more than 170 countries. Basf's global sales in 2012 were about 72.1 billion euros, with 111,000 employees by the end of 2012.
BASF's business is mainly focused on chemicals and plastics. It covers a wide range of industries, ranging from raw materials such as natural gas to plant protection agents and pharmaceuticals. In 1997, sales of various business sectors accounted for 20% of health care and nutrition, 23% of dyes and finishing agents, 16% of chemicals, 26% of plastics and fibers, 11% of petroleum and natural gas, and 4% of others.