Harald Lauke has taken over responsibility for BASF’s performance polymers operating division. He succeeds Raimar Jahn, who has become head of BASF Coatings AG, Münster, Germany. Lauke who joined BASF in 1986 as a research chemist in the plastics laboratory has held various positions within engineering plastics before taking over, in 1996, as managing director of Comparex Sistemas Informáticos S.A., Spain. Two years later he was transferred to Singapore as director regional marketing, engineering plastics. In 2001, he was promoted to group vice president, performance polymers Asia Pacific. In 2002, Lauke was appointed president of BASF South East Asia, and in 2004 he became president responsible for functions and market efficiency Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.