BASF Coatings receives Daimler Supplier Award 2011

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- Distinction in the category "Trucks and Buses, Exterior"
- Daimler recognizes excellent performance in innovation, flexibility and global presence

BASF Coatings has won Daimler AG's Daimler Supplier Award 2011 in the category "Trucks and Buses, Exterior." The company was one of 13 suppliers to receive the award in Stuttgart. Once a year, the Daimler Supplier Award is conferred to recognize excellent performance with respect to quality, cost, delivery reliability and innovation.

Dr. Alexander Haunschild, head of Automotive OEM Coatings Europe, accepted the award for BASF. "It is a great honor for us, as a global supplier, to receive this award. It emphasizes the close cooperation of the two companies and, at the same time, recognizes the outstanding commitment of our teams worldwide."

The award was presented by Andreas Renschler, Head of Daimler Trucks Division. Dr. Holger Steindorf, Vice President Procurement Daimler Trucks and Buses, praised BASF's performance in his speech: "In times in which we have to respond flexibly to fluctuations in demand and move on all continents simultaneously, it is crucial for us to have reliable partners like BASF. You meet your own high standards as 'The leading Chemical Company.' BASF Coatings is receiving this award for its innovative coatings solutions, high level of flexibility and global presence, in particular."

BASF Coatings is a long-standing partner of Daimler for passenger cars, as well as buses and trucks, in all regions. In addition to the complete product portfolio, ranging from e-coat to clearcoat, the company offers a wide range of services. In the area of buses and trucks, BASF Coatings successfully supplies Daimler plants in all regions. "We join forces with our customers to constantly optimize coating processes and production," explained Monika Heithorn, head of Business Development Truck & Bus at BASF Coatings. "The award is an incentive for us to continue our path as a strong partner of Daimler." Carsten Vietze, responsible for Truck and Bus Europe, added, "We will work together to tackle the future global projects with and for Daimler in the Truck & Bus sector."

The presentation of the Daimler Supplier Awards took place as part of the Daimler Key Supplier Meeting at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart. Around 450 representatives of the most important Daimler suppliers and 200 representatives of Daimler management participated in the event.

BASF Coatings GmbH

BASF Coatings develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. BASF has significant market positions in the Coatings sector in Europe, North America, South America and the Asia/Pacific region. In 2011 BASF Coatings achieved global sales of 2.8 billion Euros. The internet address of BASF Coatings is www.basf-coatings.com. You can download a copy of BASF customer magazine Coatings Partner from www.coatingspartner.com

About BASF

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, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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