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Siemens to control BASF Joncryl polymer plant

ATLANTA, Feb. 14, 2008 - Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. has been selected as the Main Automation Vendor (MAV) for the new BASF JONCRYLR Polymer Plant in Wyandotte, Mich.

The large green field project of more than 5000 I/O points, scheduled for completion in 2009, will include the Siemens SIMATICR PCS 7 distributed control system (DCS). It will be the largest PROFIBUS PA installation in the US - more than 3,000 field devices, and one of the world's largest applications of redundant fieldbus.

As the project MAV, Siemens will help BASF to minimize the total cost of ownership at the plant by managing the other automation and control vendors involved in the project to ensure the smooth integration of all components into the system.

BASF's vendor technology evaluation highlighted the superior batch capabilities of PCS 7 from Siemens. Additionally, PROFIBUS PA was judged to provide superior fieldbus capabilities compared to Foundation Fieldbus, particularly in the areas of interoperability, interchangeability and device compatibility.

"Our MAV and technology evaluation processes were very thorough for this new plant," says BASF Project Manager Dr. Wulf Beer, "We had to have complete confidence that the MAV will execute the project according to our expectations. The PCS 7 DCS technology, combined with Siemens' project management capabilities, led to the selection."

Siemens will supply a fully redundant DCS including redundant fieldbus connectivity using Active Field Distributors (AFDs), redundant networks, redundant controllers, redundant HMI servers, clients, as well as redundant batch servers.

"This award demonstrates the confidence BASF has in Siemens and the capabilities of PCS 7," said Andreas Aufenanger, general manager, Siemens Process Automation. "We are very familiar with the BASF application standard and presented an execution strategy that is in line with the customer's business objectives."

About Siemens:
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the U.S. Headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. manufactures and markets one of the world's broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems.

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics, focusing on the three key sectors of healthcare, industry and energy. Founded 160 years ago in Germany, Siemens AG reported sales of
$96.6 billion in fiscal year 2007 (ended September 30). Siemens today
employs more than 470,000 people in some 190 countries. In the United
States alone, Siemens had sales of over $25 billion (including export sales), fueled largely by infrastructure projects and innovative solutions in the industry areas of medical, automation and control, power, transportation and lighting. Headquartered in New York City, Siemens in the U.S. employs nearly 72,000 people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The U.S. is also home to the global headquarters of nine of Siemens' worldwide businesses.

BASF - The Chemical Company. We don't make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better.R BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF employs more than 15,500 in North America and had sales of approximately $14.3 billion in 2006.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of ?52.6 billion (approximately $66.1 billion) in 2006.

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