MDI-Based Resins contain no-added formaldehyde.

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Developed for composite wood products industry, Lupranate® M20 Series MDI-based resins help meet requirements of California Air Resources Board (CARB) legislation, as they do not generate formaldehyde emissions during application.



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BASF Lupranate® M20 Series No-Added Formaldehyde Resins Meet CARB Limits for Composite Wood Industry



WYANDOTTE, MI, February 6, 2009 - BASF has introduced high-quality Lupranate® M20 Series no-added formaldehyde resins for the composite wood products industry. The industry is being transformed with the implementation of California Air Resources Board (CARB) legislation limiting formaldehyde emissions, which came into effect Jan. 1, 2009. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also launched efforts to understand potential health risks associated with formaldehyde emissions and the effect on indoor air quality.

The BASF Lupranate® M20 Series products are MDI-based resins that do not contain formaldehyde and do not generate formaldehyde emissions during application, therefore making them a viable alternative for composite wood manufacturers seeking a more sustainable way of doing business. BASF recently converted a major window and door manufacturer's composite wood operation from formaldehyde-based resin to Lupranate® M20 resin.

"BASF is committed to supporting our customers in the engineered wood industry," said Kevin Kilkenny, Commercial Manager Rigid Products for BASF.

"They can transition to Lupranate® M20 resins and enjoy a time and cost-savings 'one and done' approach to converting their operations to a proven technology and viable option to formaldehyde resins in the composite wood industry. These products may also help builders qualify for points as environmentally friendly products for 'green building' certifications."

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 www.basf.com/usa.

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 www.basf.com.

For more information contact:

Bill Donnelly

BASF Corporation

Tel: (734) 324-6303

E-mail: william.donnelly@basf.com

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