The term cracker products comes from the steam cracker, one of the most important BASF plants. The steam cracker uses steam to “crack” crude petroleum, products like naphtha or LPG, at a temperature of about 850°C. This produces olefins like ethylene, propylene and the C4-products as well as aromatics (benzole, toluole, xylole etc.). They are the basic products of chemistry based on fossil fuels.
BASF's portfolio comprises the following cracker products: