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Ideas Management BASF to Save €53 million Thanks to Employee Ideas

| Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

As in the previous year, BASF implemented more than 23,000 improvement proposals from employees last year and saved almost €53 million as a result. That is approximately €3 million more than in 2013. One highlight: Crop protection production employees generated a net annual benefit in the single-digit million euro range with their idea.

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„We need employees who question the way things are done, and who change, simplify and recreate processes in a way that generates added value,” said Margret Suckale, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF.
„We need employees who question the way things are done, and who change, simplify and recreate processes in a way that generates added value,” said Margret Suckale, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF.
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Ludwigshafen/Germany – BASF rewarded the inventiveness and innovativeness of the idea owners with bonuses amounting to €3.7 million. “Co-creation and celebration is the motto of BASF's 150th anniversary celebrations. And what the submitters have accomplished with their ideas is an excellent example of teamwork. We need employees who question the way things are done, and who change, simplify and recreate processes in a way that generates added value,” said Margret Suckale, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF.

BASF employees at the Ludwigshafen Verbund site also contributed a host of innovative ideas, with approximately 6,700 improvement proposals implemented in 2014. The company saved just under €33 million in 2014 as a result. The achievement of employees in Ludwigshafen was rewarded with bonuses of approximately €3 million. Idea management is an integral part of BASF's innovation culture. The figures show just how creative BASF employees around the world can be: In 2014, BASF employees submitted a total of 41,000 new improvement proposals.

One of those improvement proposals came from chemical laboratory technician Dieter Brendel, process manager assistant Holger Schleser and production foreman Jochen Wagner, who increased the efficiency of the production method for Xemium, a fungicide. They improved the active substance manufacturing process by developing a method with a sophisticated temperature program for crystallization. This enabled the desired modification of the fungicide product.

The improvement proposal submitted by the three crop protection production workers raised the production yield. “We maintained product quality in the process and are now well prepared to meet the rising demand for Xemium,” production manager Dr. Harald Bernard commented.

Crop protection products containing Xemium have been filed for approval for more than 100 cultures in 50 countries around the world. The three employees generated net annual benefit in the single-digit million euro range with their innovative idea.

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