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BASF, originally an acronym for Badische Anilin- und Soda-Fabrik, is a German chemicals company. It was founded by Friedrich Engelhorn in Mannheim in 1865, and later on moved to Ludwigshafen am Rhein.

They develop and manufacture for example:

As of 2003, BASF have been deeply involved in research concerning nanotechnological techniques for producing fabrics and batteries.

From 1925 and on, especially during the Second World War, BASF became part of IG Farben, a conglomerate of all German chemical industries. When the allies disintegrated IG Farben due to several war crimes, the company reappeared as a separate business.

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