BASF introduces Professional Vegetation Management Group


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 20, 2003 — BASF Corp. announces the formation of the BASF Professional Vegetation Management (ProVM) group.

ProVM combines the company’s Vegetation Management and Forestry groups to strengthen product and service capabilities in the utility, roadside, forestry, industrial facilities, invasive/exotic weed control, railroad, aquatic, pasture and rangeland markets.

The new group reaffirms BASF’s commitment to providing a consistent, customer-focused approach to vegetation management by capitalizing on its major strengths in these markets.

“Today’s marketplace demands professional vegetation management solutions that maximize return on investment,” said Tim Knight, business manager, Professional Vegetation Management, BASF Corporation. “We have a long history of providing effective, long-term vegetation control, and the new ProVM group taps that experience to more efficiently meet our customers’ needs.”

By concentrating resources, ProVM will be able to provide a quicker response to customers’ specific needs and become the preferred vegetation management resource for accomplishing a variety of goals including:

* Increasing timber production
* Enhancing wildlife habitat
* Restoring land to its natural condition
* Reducing wildfire risks
* Improving aesthetics and safety
* Ensuring power continuity
* Controlling invasive, noxious and exotic weeds

ProVM will operate out of BASF Specialty Products Department headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C. For more information on ProVM solutions, visit www.vmanswers.com.

BASF is a chemical company, offering its customers a range of high-performance products, including chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. Its distinctive approach to integration, known in German as “Verbund,” is its strength. It enables BASF to achieve cost leadership and gives the company a competitive advantage. BASF conducts its business in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. In 2002, BASF had sales of $34 billion and more than 89,000 employees worldwide. BASF Corporation is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. In North America, 2002 sales were approximately $8.2 billion and the company employs approximately 12,000 people. For more information or to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.vmanswers.com.

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