BASF Has Material Expertise and Know-How with Laser Welding


Ultradur® PBT ideal for electronic components

WYANDOTTE, MI, June 22, 2009 -- BASF's expertise in laser welding and material science culminates in the Ultradur B4300 G6 resin, which provides the superior strength and stability required of the laser energy transmission (LET) process, easily supporting high precision laser welding.

BASF's joining technology experts have developed a unique method of testing LET, with findings verified by various electronic component suppliers. By developing a refined understanding of the interaction between the resin, part design and laser welding process, BASF has achieved optimal laser welding performance for electronic components. This LET technology minimizes the potential for damage or contamination of the ever-sensitive electronic components by creating a water-tight seal throughout the service life of the part. These attributes ensure consistent product performance time after time, as well as the reliable laser welding of electronic components.

"With the right design and our Ultradur B4300 G6 PBT grade, component suppliers can save on complexity and cost in both the assembly and the supply chain by eliminating traditional forms of joining, such as adhesives and fasteners," said LeeAnn Marougi, Electrical/Electronic Market Sector Leader for BASF.

BASF's Engineering Plastics product portfolio has a broad range of materials that are beneficial and globally accepted for use in joining technologies. Ultradur® PBT and Ultramid® Polyamide are also used in automotive applications, such as vibration welded air intake manifolds and interior components using adhesives.

For more information contact:

Kathy Dennis

BASF Corporation

Tel: (973) 245-6288

E-mail: kathy.dennis@basf.com

BASF's Engineering Plastics business is one of the world's leading suppliers of polyamide 6 resin for use in plastics applications. The company's Ultramid® PA6, Ultradur® PBT, Ultraform® POM and Ultrason® POS resins are widely used in automotive components, packaging films, wire and cable jacketing, electronic components, lawn and power products, and other engineered plastics applications where temperature and chemical resistance, impact and mechanical strength, and consumer aesthetics are required.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $17.5 billion in 2008. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals, as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has approximately 97,000 employees and posted sales of more than 62 billion in 2008. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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