Chemical Passivation is chromium and fluoride-free.

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Suited for galvanized steel sheets, non-toxic Lugalvan(TM) Passivation is compatible with common forming lubricants, meets resistivity requirement of 1 mW for electronic applications, and allows direct paintability. RoHS compliant product is occupational and environmentally safe as it does not contain any Cr VI, Cr III, other heavy metals, or hydrofluoric acid. It is ready to use in existing plant configurations for spray-squeegee and chem-coater lines.

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BASF Introduces Lugalvan(TM) Passivation

Lugalvan(TM) Passivation: the future of conversion coating for galvanized steel strip

FLORHAM PARK, NJ, October 24, 2008 - BASF Corporation is presenting Lugalvan(TM) Passivation, a RoHS compliant chemical passivation for galvanized steel sheets that is heavy metal and fluoride free, at the 100th anniversary meeting of the Galvanizers Association on Oct. 27, 2008, in Baltimore, Maryland. Please visit BASF booth 117 in the ballroom of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

Lugalvan Passivation is an occupational and environmentally safe1 choice that is also chromium and fluoride-free. The RoHS compliant product is ready to use in existing plant configuration for spray-squeegee and chem-coater lines.

Lugalvan Passivation is a non-toxic chemical passivation that offers additional benefits for customers of steel makers. Some of these benefits are direct paintability, which may enable reduction in processing steps and cost, and formability and compatibility with common forming lubricants, which offers easier processing at steel plants, eliminating hazardous waste treatment, which can result in significant cost savings. Since it is compatible with common forming lubricants, it will meet the resistivity requirement of 1 mili-ohm for all electronic applications.

The environmentally friendly profile of Lugalvan Passivation can help with improved sustainability records of steel companies and benefit the recyclability of galvanized steel products.

"We are exclusively evaluating BASF's Lugalvan Passivation as the non-chrome RoHS compliant product for California Steel," said Vic Maldonado, Manager of Metallurgical and Quality Service at California Steel Industries. "We are especially encouraged by the corrosion protection properties, stain-resistance, low resistivity and paintability profiles."

The galvanized steel industry produces steel products that are sold mainly in the construction, automotive, appliance and electrical equipment industries. There are approximately 25-30 steel companies in North America who manufacture these steel products with either the hot dip galvanized or electrogalvanized methods.

The new Lugalvan Passivation product offers a combination of performance, quality, sustainability and value to steel companies and their customers.
BASF has been trialing Lugalvan Passivation extensively in the United States and Europe.

Care Chemicals & Formulators

BASF's Care Chemicals & Formulators business unit develops, produces and markets a comprehensive range of products for cosmetics, detergents & cleaners, and industrial and chemical applications. As a result of focused research & development, as well as customer support we are a preferred partner of our customers worldwide. The products offered by Care Chemicals & Formulators include a wide range of cosmetic ingredients, surfactants, polymers, chelating agents, biocides, waxes and wax emulsions as well as metal surface treatment products. Care Chemicals & Formulators is part of BASF's Care Chemicals division.

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 $16.4 billion in 2007. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. 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 more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost 58 billion in 2007. 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

1 Lugalvan Passivation does not contain any Cr VI, Cr III, other heavy metals or hydrofluoric acid, therefore in comparison to products containing the mentioned components, it is safer for handling purposes.

For more information contact:

Ellen Bravo
BASF Corporation
Tel: (973) 245-6425

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