The roots of today’s BASF Construction Chemicals division lie with medium-sized businesses. They have grown together through a number of acquisitions and mergers. Every single one of these companies has contributed valuable technologies, products and market expertise. Up until today, our business activities are characterized by our pioneering spirit, innovation, unconditional customer orientation, speed, flexibility, as well as our striving for unconventional solutions.
2006: BASF acquires Degussa’s construction chemicals activities and bundles them to form the Construction Chemicals division.
2001: Degussa Hüls merges with SKW Trostberg AG and Goldschmidt AG. SKW’s construction chemicals branch is left intact and now forms part of the so-called new Degussa.
1996: SKW acquires Master Builders Technologies (MBT Holding AG) – the most important acquisition until then. In doing so, SKW doubles its turnover and intensifies its international activities. As a result of this acquisition, Admixture Systems and its portfolio including concrete and mortar admixtures as well as tunnel construction and mining products, is now part of the construction chemicals business.
1994: The acquisition of Colfirmit Rajasil GmbH und Co KG strengthens the wall systems business. Mineral render systems, silicate paints, external insulation finishing systems, renovation renders for wall drainage and for damp and salt-contaminated areas in buildings, as well as renovation systems for historical buildings are added to the portfolio.
1994: SKW acquires Conica AG, thus adding to its expertise in polyurethane technology. The purchase also marks SKW’s entrance into the sports and industrial flooring market.
1993: The acquisition of BÜFA Baeuerle GmbH (Relius) adds façade applications to construction chemicals’ building systems portfolio. For SKW, this acquisition also is an investment in the industrial coatings business. Today, this business forms part of the BASF Coatings division.
1988: Through the acquisition of ChemRex, Inc., a US-based company, SKW expands its international construction chemicals business activities, at the same time investing in polyurethane technology. The product portfolio is enlarged by the addition of polyurethane based sealants, polyurethane/bitumen sealants, dispersants, façade paint, and repair mortars.
1978: Through the acquisition of the Spain-based company Bettor Spa, the construction chemicals branch for the first time expands its business internationally. Bettor Spa produces concrete and mortar plasticizers, as well as repair mortars and grouting materials.
1974/1978: SKW acquires PCI Augsburg GmbH and its building systems portfolio comprising, for example, tile adhesives, sealants, and repair mortars. Today, these products are part of the Construction Systems business.
1968: SKW commences production of the Melment® concrete plasticizer in Trostberg. The production of the water-soluble melamine resin forms the cornerstone of SKW’s construction chemicals activities, and thus also marks the origin of today’s BASF Construction Chemicals division.