During a festive event held at the BASF Feierabendhaus in Ludwigshafen (Germany), chemical giant BASF celebrated its 150th anniversary in style with such high-profile attendees as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer. The two politicians congratulated BASF on achieving this milestone in official speeches addressing an audience consisting of more than 1,000 guests from government, business, science and society.
Angela Merkel BASF"150 years is a special company anniversary, an opportunity to look back and reflect, but also to look forward," said Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE.
Over the past 150 years, BASF has grown from a company with 30 employees to become the world's leading chemical company with around 113,000 employees in 80 countries. "Our success today is due in part to the fact that the right course was set years ago. Especially in chemistry, we are constantly building on the achievements of our predecessors," said Bock.