Subject to the approval of all relevant authorities, BASF and Hannong Chemicals are planning to establish a production joint venture “BASF Hannong Chemicals Solutions Ltd.”.  BASF will hold 51% and Hannong Chemicals 49% shareholding, in the proposed joint venture.

The joint venture will combine BASF’s strong technology and product innovation capabilities with Hannong’s highly efficient production capabilities to supply best-in-class non-ionic surfactant products to BASF and Hannong Chemicals, each with their own sales and distribution network, enabling the two companies to cater for increasing market demand.

The new company will be located in the Daejuk site at the Daesan Industrial Complex in Korea.

“BASF is delighted to partner with Hannong Chemicals. With this proposed joint venture, BASF continues to establish the capability to further serve the Asian market, by offering specialty non-ionic surfactants and a reliable supply experience to our customers,” said Ralph Schweens, President, Care Chemicals, BASF.

Kim, Eung Sang, CEO of Hannong Chemicals, added: “It is an honor to work with BASF, a leading solution provider to the consumer industries. We look forward to cooperating with BASF to strengthen the new joint venture. Together, BASF and Hannong Chemicals will further enhance the joint venture’s position in the non-ionic surfactants market and provide top-tier products to customers in Asia.”

Both companies are striving to receive statutory approvals as soon as possible, and target to establish the joint venture in the first quarter of 2023.

Non-ionic surfactants are used in a wide range of industry segments, including home care, personal care, industrial and institutional cleaning applications as well as various industrial formulations segments. They are employed in formulations for laundry detergents, surface cleaners and dishwasher detergents, as well as for leather and textile treatment, metal surface cleaning, and others.

PIcture: From the left: Rajan Venkatesh, Senior Vice President, BASF Care Chemicals Asia Pacific; Kim, Eung Sang, CEO of Hannong Chemicals; Ralph Schweens, President, BASF Care Chemicals; David Im, Representative Director, BASF Korea

About Hannong Chemicals

Hannong Chemicals is a manufacturing company that produces basic chemical products used in various industries. Its products are supplied to most product categories, including detergents, textiles, paints, oil refinery, and electronic materials. Hannong Chemicals generated sales of ₩268.8 billion in 2021. Hannong Chemicals shares are traded on the stock exchange in Korea Exchange Market (KOSPI). Further information at

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111.000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at

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