BASF's PremAir® Catalysts Can Help Automakers Meet CARB LEV III Emission Regulations

ISELIN, NJ - The California Office of Administrative Law recently approved the more stringent LEV III automotive emissions regulations for new passenger vehicles proposed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). BASF's PremAir® direct ozone reduction catalyst systems can help automakers meet these increasingly strict LEV III low-emission vehicle regulations.

When applied to heat exchange surfaces, such as car radiators, PremAir effectively turns them into "smog eaters." The catalyst reduces ground-level ozone in the air that passes over coated surfaces by converting ozone molecules into oxygen molecules instantly upon contact.

"PremAir is the first commercial product that destroys harmful, ground-level ozone already in the air," said Nick Leclerc, Product Manager, BASF Corporation. "The California Air Resources Board recognizes PremAir as an effective ozone-reduction strategy and offers credits toward LEV III certification for car makers using the technology."

Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, is produced when sunlight reacts with emissions from mobile and stationary sources such as cars, trucks, power plants and industrial facilities. Ground-level ozone contributes to serious respiratory problems and is of particular concern to individuals with impaired lung function or asthma.

BASF's PremAir systems provide a proven solution to help reduce ground-level ozone. With more than three million vehicles on the road using PremAir, BASF is helping car makers deliver cleaner air for a sustainable future.

About BASF's Catalysts Division

BASF's Catalysts division is the world's leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products, including advanced battery materials. By leveraging our industry-leading R&D platforms, passion for innovation and deep knowledge of precious and base metals, BASF's Catalysts division develops unique, proprietary solutions that drive customer success. Further information on BASF's Catalysts division is available on the Internet at

BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about Euros73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

For more information contact:

Joseph M. Jones


BASF Corporation

Tel: (732) 205-5557


Paul Warkentin


BASF Corporation

Tel: (732) 205-5237


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