Eike Messow (EM): BASF is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and employs more than 110,000 people. Our tier 1 supplier network consists of more than 40,000 suppliers. Our total supplier network is in excess of millions around the world. In 2011, BASF purchased approximately 500,000 different raw materials, technical goods, plant construction, and maintenance and logistics services. We procure raw materials from more than 6,000 suppliers. BASF Group’s purchasing volume in 2010 amounted to GBP 30.1 billion, excluding merchandise. BASF’s special products for the nutrition industry meet the highest safety standards and comply with global regulatory requirements for food.