Q&A: Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), BASF SE
What is your personal story about “Wunderbar together – Germany and the U.S.”?
With deep German roots and its long history in the U.S., BASF is a strong supporter of the German-American partnership. About 16,700 employees at more than 120 sites throughout the U.S. create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF colleagues working in Germany and the U.S. – as well as more than 90 countries globally – are an excellent representation of successful collaboration. Together they develop innovations and create chemistry that improves everyday lives.
During the PopUp Tour, BASF will present how important chemistry is for our everyday life. Can you describe these mega-trends?
Chemistry is everywhere and can be found in almost every area of our everyday life. Visitors will be surprised to see how their daily lives benefit from BASF chemistry and products. Whether it’s skin care, furniture, cleaning agents or sports equipment – our customers around the world use our chemistry to meet current and future needs of business and society. Two of my favorite examples displayed at the Chicago event are The Magic Eraser® made from BASF Basotect® foam, and Ergon’s innovative bike seat based on InfinergyTM.
You studied in Berkeley and Karlsruhe, so in both the USA and Germany. What can these two countries learn from one another?
When it comes to science and innovation, the U.S. and Germany are both leading countries. BASF’s R&D competences are unique in the chemical industry: the largest R&D spend in the global chemical industry, approximately 10,000 of our employees are dedicated to product and process innovation, and we file about 900 patents annually. BASF supports more than 140 research alliances in the U.S. to bring together skills, knowledge and the best talents of both countries. At the same time, we place a high priority on helping to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers tasked with building a more sustainable future. For these reasons, we support the “Wunderbar Together” events to share more about the great work BASF is doing in the U.S. and the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives.