Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany, Belgium, Brazil, USA, India
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products

350 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 April 2016
Employment effect (start)
6 June 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


Chemical producer BASF is seeking to reduce its biotechnology research and development department by cutting 350 jobs. 140 of these positions will be in North America, and 180 in Europe. Layoffs will begin in June, and continue through to the end of this year. Sites in the USA, Germany, Belgium, and Brazil will remain open but reduce in terms of employees, whereas sites in India and Puerto Rico are to be closed completely. These redundancies come as part of a wider refocussing of operations, moving away from research into increasing yields, stress tolerance, and fungal resistance in corn, and towards herbicide tolerance and fungus resistant soybeans. Latest reports are suggesting that a deal with Monsanto and/or Bayer, perhaps in the form of a merger or buyout, are a possibility, but this speculation is as of yet unconfirmed.


  • 5 May 2016: Daily Telegraph
  • 29 April 2016: NewsObserver


Eurofound (2016), BASF, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 87515, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/87515.