Fluid Catalytic Cracking Catalyst is used with heavy residual feedstocks.

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Aegis(TM) fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst allows refiners to maximize fuel yields from FCC units utilizing heavy residual feedstocks. Refiners can adjust catalyst's zeolite-to-matrix (Z/M) ratio to calibrate yield selectivity, while optimized porosity of Distributed Matrix Structure technology platform provides Aegis with ability to reduce mass transfer limitations in FCC operations. This translates to more effective zeolite utilization and less over-cracking to coke.

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BASF Introduces Aegis(TM) FCC Catalyst to Maximize Fuel Yields from Heavy Resid Feedstocks

ISELIN, NJ - BASF, the global leader in catalysis, today announced the launch of Aegis(TM), an innovative fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst that allows refiners to maximize fuel yields from FCC units utilizing heavy resid feedstocks.

Aegis catalysts are supported by BASF's industry-leading technology platforms, allowing refiners to adjust the catalyst's zeolite-to-matrix (Z/M) ratio to calibrate yield selectivity, with superb metals tolerance and bottoms upgrading capability.

The optimized porosity of BASF's DMS (Distributed Matrix Structure) technology platform provides Aegis with the ability to reduce the mass transfer limitations present in all FCC operations, translating to more effective zeolite utilization and less over-cracking to coke.

The intimate dispersion of matrix and zeolite achieved through BASF's Prox-SMZ (Proximal Stable Matrix and Zeolite) platform provides Aegis with extremely high surface-area stability, even when operating with highly metal-contaminated feedstocks.

"Under current market conditions, refiners need a high degree of flexibility to optimize their FCC units' production output, often on short notice," said Deon Carter, BASF's Vice President, Refining Catalysts. "Aegis is the latest in a series of BASF catalyst innovations that address this need, providing a customized solution that can be fine-tuned to the specific operating conditions of each FCC unit."

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. 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 catalyst and adsorbent solutions that drive customer success.

About BASF

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 and oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help 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 posted sales of more than 50 billion in 2009 and had approximately 105,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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