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* BASF to focus competencies at BASF Fuel Cell Inc. in Somerset, New Jersey, USA
* BASF Fuel Cell GmbH site in Frankfurt, Germany to be closed
* 43 positions in Frankfurt to be eliminated

BASF to realign fuel cell business

Ludwigshafen , Germany | Posted on November 5th, 2009

BASF is realigning its business for the fuel cell market. In the future, competencies for the production of high-temperature membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) will be concentrated in Somerset, New Jersey. Operational activities at the BASF Fuel Cell GmbH site in Frankfurt, Germany, will be discontinued effective December 31, 2009. BASF plans to close the Frankfurt site in the course of 2010.

At the Somerset site, BASF Fuel Cell produces both high-temperature MEAs and important pre-products such as electrodes. Thus, Somerset is the only site that covers the entire production process for MEAs.

"In addition to integrated production, the Somerset site offers us the advantage of being closer to our customers and to key future markets, such as fuel cells for residential combined heat and power systems", said Stefano Pigozzi, head of BASF's Inorganics division to which BASF Fuel Cell belongs. "We are strengthening our overall competitiveness by concentrating the competencies of the two sites."

The restructuring will result in the loss of 43 positions in Frankfurt. "We will work closely with the employee representatives to find socially responsible solutions for the employees," said Dr. Horst-Tore Land, CEO of BASF Fuel Cell GmbH in Frankfurt.

In addition to the activities in Frankfurt and Somerset, BASF has operated a laboratory in Yokkaichi, Japan, since May 2008. This laboratory is responsible for the application-specific support of local customers.

BASF is one of the leading suppliers for conventional fuel cell components. In an MEA - the heart of the fuel cell - hydrogen and air react to form water, simultaneously generating electrical power and heat. BASF markets MEAs under the brand name Celtec® and enables the fuel cell industry to meet the current and growing challenges of future energy supply.

Celtec® high-temperature MEAs are used in numerous product applications, from private home electricity and heat supply units to backup systems to ensure electricity in the event of a power failure.

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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 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 posted sales of more than €62 billion in 2008 and had approximately 97,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN).

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