The State-of-The-Nation – Positioning the UK within the Global Chemical Market


Thomas BirkManaging Director - BASF UK & Ireland

Time & Location

Wednesday: 12.40 to 13.00, Stage 1

About this presentation

Thomas Birk from BASF, the world’s largest chemicals producer by sales, will consider the way forward for the chemical sectors given the goals of cutting emissions and moving towards Net Zero while maintaining BASF’s commercial ambition to grow faster than the market. BASF makes catalytic converters, insulation foams, coatings, vitamins, engineering plastics and more, and believes climate change is the biggest challenge of the century. But being able to offer CO2-free plastics and chemicals also gives a competitive edge, provided that consumers and society at large are prepared to pay a premium for that feature. The chemical industries are a key part of the solution.

Speaker Bio:

Thomas Birk studied Business Administration at the Cooperative State University (BA) in Loerrach and Economics at the University of Heidelberg. He began his career at BASF in 2008 as a consultant to Global Strategy and has since worked in diverse project and product management roles culminating in his last role as Head of Product Management for natural food ingredients at BASF Corp in the USA. He returned to Europe this year and has taken up the position of Managing Director of BASF plc in UK and Ireland as of summer 2021.