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Hans Engel On The Chemical Sector And Texas-EU Trade

Texas leads the U.S. in exports to Europe, thanks in no small part to sales of petrochemicals. But the Lone Star State is also a major importer of petrochemicals from Europe.


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Hans Engel heads BASF’s operations in North America. Photo courtesy of BASF.

One out of every three jobs in Houston is linked to international trade. Much of that takes the form of intra-company trade — between a company in one country and its subsidiary in another.

A prime example is that of BASF. The world’s largest chemical manufacturer is based in Germany, but it has substantial operations in Freeport, southeast of Houston.

Hans Engel heads BASF’s operations in North America. This week, Engel delivered the keynote address at a conference on U.S-E.U. trade at Rice University’s Baker Institute, where Andrew Schneider interviewed him for the Bauer Business Focus.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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