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BASF launches new low VOC solvent-borne basecoat system designed to boost collision repair center profitability



  BASF launches new low VOC solvent-borne basecoat system designed to boost
                    collision repair center profitability

Fast-dry solution offers customers several benefits and ability to increase
throughput.

PR Newswire

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 11, 2013

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BASF today announced the
launch of a new, low volatile organic compound (VOC), fast-dry solvent-borne
basecoat system, the ONYX™ HD Low VOC Productive System, in the U.S. and
Canadian markets.

This new system produces low VOC basecoats that are either waterborne or
solvent-borne –the only system currently on the market that provides these
options. The system offers similar benefits and performance to national rule
solvent-borne basecoat systems, and meets all VOC regulations across North
America.

The product is easy to spray, offers enhanced de-nibbing, and dries quickly
under common humidity and temperature conditions compared to other systems.
Several collision repair centers have tested the new system, and reported
significant decreases in drying times leading to more repairs in less time,
which can result in increased profits.

"It's fabulous stuff to work with," said Cesi Paglia, a paint technician for
Provincial Chrysler, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. "Cars get out of the booth
sometimes in 50 percent less time."

"ONYX™ HD Low VOC workability is quicker and faster. The jobs are cleaner, and
the end result is perfect," said Tony Castro, owner of ProCollision in
Hialeah, Florida. "Because this product is formulated to mix perfectly with
exempt solvents, my shop is VOC-compliant without having to purchase any new
or additional water-based spray equipment."

"This new system is a truly unique basecoat that offers our customers options
they've never had before," said Antonio Leandres, Market Segment Manager for
BASF's Automotive Refinish business in North America. "A low VOC solution that
dries quickly, saves energy, has excellent hiding capabilities, offers easy
application and excellent color matching is something that is hugely
beneficial and groundbreaking in the refinish market."

To learn more, please visit ONYX™ HD Low VOC Productive System.

About BASF's Automotive Solutions

The automotive industry is one of BASF's key customer industries, accounting
for up to 15 percent of the Group's total sales. As the world's leading
automotive supplier in the chemical industry, BASF is recognized as a reliable
and competent partner by carmakers, suppliers, and the after-sales market.
With a strong presence in Europe, Africa, North and South America, as well as
in Asia, BASF has a global industry network. It supplies and develops
functional materials and solutions that contribute to the vehicles of today
and of the future. From engineering plastics, polyurethane and specialty
foams, coatings and fuel additives to catalysts, battery materials, pigments,
synthetic lubricants, coolants, brake fluids and chemicals for leather and
textiles, BASF supplies a broad range of products for use in the automotive
industry. Sales to the automotive industry in 2012 were €9.5 billion. Further
information on BASF's automotive solutions is available on the Internet at
www.basf.com.

BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North
American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than
16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5 billion in 2012. For
more information about BASF's North American operations, visit www.basf.us.

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 with
environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and
innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the
current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to
conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We
have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry
for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more
than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF
is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

SOURCE BASF

Website: http://www.basf.com
Contact: Susan D. Jackson, BASF Corporation, (248) 304-5413,
susan.jackson@basf.com
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