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Badische Anilin- and Soda-Fabrik (BASF) of Ludwigshafen, Germany was a company that produced coal tar dyes and grew into a Major chemical company
1865 Founded by Friedrich Engelhorn in 1865 in Mannheim.
1873 The company merged with Rudolph Knosp and Heinrich Siegle to produce aniline dyes and artificial alizarin.
1897 The company succeeded in producing indigo blue dye.
2005 After expanding its works into other chemicals, the sales of the company had reached 42.7 billion euros with 87,000 employees on five continents.
British subsidiary, BASF Performance Products, has HQ in Cheadle, with factories in eight UK locations.