BASF: innovation and adaptation in a German corporation by Werner Abelshauser

By Werner Abelshauser

This company historical past of BASF deals a view of the functioning of an commercial association that has controlled to thrive and extend considering the fact that 1865. additionally, it finds a lot in regards to the purposes for the extreme financial dynamics of the German empire and the big enlargement of the realm economic system ahead of international battle I. It allows the probing of the origins and unfold of the information society, during which technology and research-based innovation became the major determinants of monetary progress and social improvement. for that reason, BASF's heritage built on the center of Germany's wartime economic climate in the course of either global wars and highlights its strengths in addition to its weaknesses.

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The leadership of BASF was able to exploit this situation with a fine feeling for future developments. ”53 Trained as a chemist and colorist at the Royal Commercial Institute in Berlin, Caro moved to a cotton-printing plant located in ¨ Muhlheim on the Ruhr River. During the period 1859–66, he assembled a rich range of experience with the new coal-tar dyes as a salaried worker, and eventually as a co-proprietor, of Roberts, Dale & Co. in Manchester. It was there that he developed a new process for the manufacture of mauve already in 1860.

92 The subsequent addition of the phrase “in Ludwigshafen on the Rhine and Stuttgart” to its name meant that the “Badische Anilin- & Sodafabrik” took some account of the two smaller firms. The same was true of the additional placement of the Stuttgart horse with the traditional Ludwigshafen lion on the firm’s letterhead. 5 million was put up. It was only in 1897 that this amount was fully used up (and, indeed, had to be increased) in order to raise money for indigo production. Knosp and Siegle were well-rewarded financially in the deal.

But, at the same time, BASF was not able to capture all of the profits from the patent. The process, it is true, was protected in England, in the United States, and eventually also in France, but not in Prussia. ” It was therefore possible for other firms to move into alizarin manufacture, most importantly the Hoechst dye works, where practically simultaneously and independently Ferdinand Riese had found the same path 62 63 64 65 66 VR from June 4, 1869, BASF UA, C 111; Schuster, Wissenschaft, 29 ff.

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