BASF Catalysts converts base materials into wealth -- but no alchemy is involved. Part of chemicals giant BASF, it makes chemical catalysts and adsorbents, used in pharmaceutical, steel, and packaging products, as well as other chemicals, at some 30 sites worldwide. BASF Catalysts produces catalysts used in emission-control systems, such as catalytic converters for automobiles. The unit holds leading global positions in making mobile emission catalysts, process catalysts for the chemicals industry, and fluid catalytic cracking catalysts for refineries. It also sources precious and base metals as raw materials for manufacturers. Its battery materials unit serves cell and battery manufacturers worldwide.