Schenectady, NY-based Fortitech and German nutritional products giant BASF have launched a global joint venture for the manufacture, marketing and sales of human nutrition premix products, which builds upon the existing US strategic alliance the companies formed in June 2001. Under the agreement, BASF will transfer its premix customers in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa to the international companies of nutrient systems provider Fortitech, which will assume ownership of BASF's premix manufacturing facilities in Denmark and Malaysia.