BASF LH - 1971 - EU
A most unique and unusual design to house a single cassette tape by BASF. These cases were however meant to easily mail out a cassette tape anywhere. Iconic, historic, nostalgic and... Sealed! Never opened! 51 Years and counting!
About the tape inside... I checked it out. It looks fine and ready for use! Smooth tape but not shiny like a 1980's tape. That would be asking too much. The tape leader is good and firm with a good tight connection to the magnetic tape. The felt pad, at least in the one that I opened for pictures is surprisingly firm and looking good. Quality was a definite concern for BASF with this line of cassettes. These tapes were kept properly, away from dirt, excessive dust or humidity for over half a century now! These sure do look like excellent samples of these iconic cassettes.
BASF SE is a German chemical company and the largest chemical producer in the world. The BASF Group comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries and operates six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa. Its headquarters is located in Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has customers in over 190 countries and supplies products to a wide variety of industries. Despite its size and global presence, BASF has received relatively little public attention since it abandoned manufacturing and selling BASF-branded consumer electronics products in the 1990s.
At the end of 2015, the company employed more than 122,000 people, with over 52,800 in Germany alone. In 2015, BASF posted sales of €70.4 billion and income from operations before special items of about €6.7 billion. The company is currently expanding its international activities with a particular focus on Asia. Between 1990 and 2005, the company invested €5.6 billion in Asia, for example in sites near Nanjing and Shanghai, China and Mangalore in India.
BASF is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange, and Zurich Stock Exchange. The company delisted its ADR from the New York Stock Exchange in September 2007. The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.
BASF LH 1971