From Caribbean blue to slate black

BASF offers inspiration to the leather industry in Europe for the fall/winter season 2009/2010

Ludwigshafen, (PresseBox) - .
- 12 stylish types of leathers and 32 fashion colors
- Focus on white and colored pull-up effects

The motto "Edition San Remo" is being used for an assortment of modern textures, exquisite colors and outstanding design. Nature provided the model for this collection, in which warm earth tones, ranging from dark brown to light beige, are dominant. Shining surfaces give them a high-quality, exclusive appearance. Generally, unusual surface effects are becoming more and more important, and it is for this reason that there is also a focus on pull-up effects in the colors of the sea: starting with seashell apricot and continuing via the rich blue of the Caribbean through to the very dark green of the deep ocean. The complete procedure for manufacturing each type of leather appears in a separate booklet.

Gerhard Wolf, head of global technical service for leather at BASF, is relying on innovations and economy for Europe: "All the leathers can be manufactured with simple, economical processes and can be varied in numerous ways; after all, we always regard cost-effective production as especially important, and that also applies to new trends."

The fashion experts Manuel Vila, BASF Curtex S.A., Spain, and Tom Markelj, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, add: "With regard to the leathers in this brochure, numerous innovative products were used, that enable surprising fashion effects to be achieved. In this way, our customers can be pioneers in new fashion trends."

All of the leather presented here is intended to inspire. It is very versatile and can be adapted to serve as shoe upper leather, bag leather and garment leather.

BASF Performance Chemicals - always one idea ahead!
The product range of BASF's Leather Chemicals business unit includes chemicals for all wet-end and finishing processes in the leather and fur industries. With a worldwide manufacturing and marketing organization, we are one of the leading suppliers in these fields. Further information on our products may be found at: www.basf.com/leather

BASF AG

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 virtu-ally 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.

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