Research and Innovation

The aim of our research and development department is to quickly turn market trends and scientific findings into innovative solutions for our clients. Our research centre at Lemförde, the global technology centre for BASF's PU specialities, offers outstanding facilities for this.

In total almost 200 employees work here in a strong ideas and creativity pool for research, development and application technology. They deal with PU product development and work on projects in exploratory research. Therefore, the formulation techniques and the improvement of properties of existing polyurethane products are of great significance.

The global research team of polyurethane specialties deals with PU formulations for a wide variety of existing foam and non-foam applications. Its broad expertise on PU specialties is shared with other BASF Group companies working in the polyurethane sector in America or Asia.

Innovative products and continual improvements in processing technology secure and further develop our position as market and technology leader for PU systems and PU special elastomers.


PU Mint of Ideas

BASF´s research team has a wide range of tasks:

  • clarifying structural properties and relationships
  • developing existing product ranges
  • improving material properties
  • improving processing properties
  • reducing material costs
  • considering ecological aspects
  • developing auxiliary substances in house
  • initiating new PU systems





BASF Know-How Verbund

Global and interdisciplinary research teams pursue bold ideas.