Chemical group BASF chooses BT as networking partner

22 Sep 2011

Communications services company BT has secured a seven-year, €200m contract with chemical company BASF to interconnect about 900 BASF sites in more than 80 countries.

BT will also provide IP telephony and local network services (managed LAN services) at 300 sites in North and South America, as well as in Asia. BT will also network the sites of BASF-acquired chemical company Ciba.

A high-performance secure network is a priority for BASF, because employees around the world need to communicate and access business-critical IT applications over the network.

The new order extends BASF’s long-standing co-operation with BT and leverages BT’s expertise in serving the manufacturing industry around the world.

“As a global company, we were looking for a partner who is able to provide consistent standards and reliable service delivery on a global scale,” said Fareed Mohammed, CTO, BASF.

“During the course of our co-operation, which dates back to 2003, BT kept convincing us with innovative solutions and the high level of commitment of their employees.”

Bas Burger, president Global Commerce at BT Global Services, said the new order from BASF further increases BT’s substantial footprint in process manufacturing and underscores its commitment to supporting its clients in Asia, Latin America and other emerging markets.