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									Exhibit 99.2 NEWS RELEASE P 384 e October 22, 2001 Dr. Felix Gress Tel. +49 621 60 99223 Fax +49 621 60 20129 felix.gress@basf-ag.de INTERVIEW WITH DR. JUERGEN F. STRUBE, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF BASF AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT ON OCTOBER 22, 2001 WITH REUTERS NEWS AGENCY ON THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION REUTERS: THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION IS UNCLEAR. EVEN EXPERTS ARE NOT CERTAIN WHETHER WE ARE SLIDING FURTHER TOWARD A RECESSION, OR WHETHER WE CAN EXPECT AN UPTURN IN THE MEDIUM TERM. WHAT IS THE SITUATION AT BASF? Strube: We are having to deal with a very difficult economic environment. There has been a severe decline in consumer confidence both in the United States and in Europe. Because people are worried about how the economy will develop, they are consuming substantially less and saving more. This also has a massive impact on BASF's business. We have seen a significant reduction in the level of orders accompanied by high pressure on margins and unsatisfactory prices. We have built up a high level of inventories as a result of our customers' caution.

Page 2 REUTERS: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR PRODUCTION AT YOUR MAJOR SITES? Strube: The capacity utilization of our plants is currently at the lowest level it has been in several years. We are therefore investigating all possibilities of how we can adapt our worldwide production capacities in the short term to reflect the severe fall in demand. In addition, programs are also underway to ensure the long-term competitiveness of our sites, for example in Ludwigshafen. All of this is being done in close cooperation with employee representatives. REUTERS: YOU HAD SET THE AMBITIOUS GOAL OF INCREASING INCOME FROM OPERATIONS BEFORE SPECIAL ITEMS BY AN AVERAGE OF 10 PERCENT PER YEAR IN THE YEARS 2000 THROUGH 2002. WAS THIS NOT PERHAPS OVER-OPTIMISTIC? Strube: When we formulated this ambitious earnings goal, the signs for the world economy were completely different. We are now confronted with completely different conditions. 2001 is an unprecedented year whose course was impossible to predict. Following a promising start, the second quarter brought a significant decline in growth that has become a downturn in the third quarter. This negative trend has been aggravated by the terrible events of September 11. For these reasons, the company's earnings in the second half of the year will be considerably lower than expected. All these factors mean that it will not be possible to achieve our ambitious earnings goal.

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Page 2 REUTERS: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR PRODUCTION AT YOUR MAJOR SITES? Strube: The capacity utilization of our plants is currently at the lowest level it has been in several years. We are therefore investigating all possibilities of how we can adapt our worldwide production capacities in the short term to reflect the severe fall in demand. In addition, programs are also underway to ensure the long-term competitiveness of our sites, for example in Ludwigshafen. All of this is being done in close cooperation with employee representatives. REUTERS: YOU HAD SET THE AMBITIOUS GOAL OF INCREASING INCOME FROM OPERATIONS BEFORE SPECIAL ITEMS BY AN AVERAGE OF 10 PERCENT PER YEAR IN THE YEARS 2000 THROUGH 2002. WAS THIS NOT PERHAPS OVER-OPTIMISTIC? Strube: When we formulated this ambitious earnings goal, the signs for the world economy were completely different. We are now confronted with completely different conditions. 2001 is an unprecedented year whose course was impossible to predict. Following a promising start, the second quarter brought a significant decline in growth that has become a downturn in the third quarter. This negative trend has been aggravated by the terrible events of September 11. For these reasons, the company's earnings in the second half of the year will be considerably lower than expected. All these factors mean that it will not be possible to achieve our ambitious earnings goal.

Page 3 REUTERS: WHAT PERSPECTIVES DO YOU HAVE FOR 2002? WHEN DO YOU EXPECT AN UPTURN IN THE ECONOMY? Strube: Unfortunately, that is a question that no one can answer at the moment. We do not anticipate a significant improvement in the economic situation or an upturn in the world economy either in the fourth quarter or at the turn of the year. 2002 will also be a difficult year and will require great efforts on our part. Moreover, in the current world political situation, the upturn will not just depend on economic factors. What is certain, however, is that demand for chemical products will start to climb a few months before there are signs of a general economic recovery. We therefore expect that a well-positioned BASF will again be one of the early starters.

Exhibit 99.3 October 23/24, 2001 P 381 e Cordelia Krooss Tel. +49-621-60-92974 Fax +49-621-60-92693 E-mail: Cordelia.Krooss@basf-ag.de BIOTECHNOLOGY AT BASF BASF sees biotechnology and genetic engineering as key technologies. They allow numerous innovations that cannot be achieved using conventional procedures. Through the responsible application of biotechnology, BASF wants to expand its leading role with products in the areas of agriculture and nutrition. Research in biotechnology is the consistent further development of BASF's competence in traditional chemistry.

Page 3 REUTERS: WHAT PERSPECTIVES DO YOU HAVE FOR 2002? WHEN DO YOU EXPECT AN UPTURN IN THE ECONOMY? Strube: Unfortunately, that is a question that no one can answer at the moment. We do not anticipate a significant improvement in the economic situation or an upturn in the world economy either in the fourth quarter or at the turn of the year. 2002 will also be a difficult year and will require great efforts on our part. Moreover, in the current world political situation, the upturn will not just depend on economic factors. What is certain, however, is that demand for chemical products will start to climb a few months before there are signs of a general economic recovery. We therefore expect that a well-positioned BASF will again be one of the early starters.

Exhibit 99.3 October 23/24, 2001 P 381 e Cordelia Krooss Tel. +49-621-60-92974 Fax +49-621-60-92693 E-mail: Cordelia.Krooss@basf-ag.de BIOTECHNOLOGY AT BASF BASF sees biotechnology and genetic engineering as key technologies. They allow numerous innovations that cannot be achieved using conventional procedures. Through the responsible application of biotechnology, BASF wants to expand its leading role with products in the areas of agriculture and nutrition. Research in biotechnology is the consistent further development of BASF's competence in traditional chemistry. As Dr. Stefan Marcinowski, Board member and Research Executive Director at BASF, explains: "Whether or not a technology is applied depends on its potential to generate product procedures and solutions that meet the needs and wishes of our customers and that are, at the same time, interesting from an entrepreneurial point of view. Biotechnology offers this opportunity." BASF is concentrating on areas with particularly good market prospects. These include plants with improved cultivation properties and constituents as well as the production of vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and fine chemicals. The world market for vitamins alone is already worth E 2.2 billion a year, of which BASF has a share of about 30 percent. In 2000, BASF sold products manufactured using biotechnology to the value of several hundred million euros.

LEADING COMPANY IN PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY BY 2010 With the help of plant biotechnology, BASF wants to develop crop plants that enable a healthier diet through improved constituents and plants with improved cultivation properties that are resistant to cold or drought. "By 2010, BASF wants to be one of the leading companies in plant biotechnology," explains Dr. Hans Kast, President and CEO of BASF Plant Science GmbH. BASF's expertise in this area is brought together in BASF Plant Science, which was founded in 1998. Today, BASF Plant Science coordinates an international research and technology platform with seven sites in four countries in Europe and North America. In addition to this, there is a wealth of cooperation with research institutes, universities and biotechnology companies. BASF Plant Science currently has about 350 members of staff. Over the next 10 years, BASF will invest E 700 million in the expansion of plant biotechnology.

Exhibit 99.3 October 23/24, 2001 P 381 e Cordelia Krooss Tel. +49-621-60-92974 Fax +49-621-60-92693 E-mail: Cordelia.Krooss@basf-ag.de BIOTECHNOLOGY AT BASF BASF sees biotechnology and genetic engineering as key technologies. They allow numerous innovations that cannot be achieved using conventional procedures. Through the responsible application of biotechnology, BASF wants to expand its leading role with products in the areas of agriculture and nutrition. Research in biotechnology is the consistent further development of BASF's competence in traditional chemistry. As Dr. Stefan Marcinowski, Board member and Research Executive Director at BASF, explains: "Whether or not a technology is applied depends on its potential to generate product procedures and solutions that meet the needs and wishes of our customers and that are, at the same time, interesting from an entrepreneurial point of view. Biotechnology offers this opportunity." BASF is concentrating on areas with particularly good market prospects. These include plants with improved cultivation properties and constituents as well as the production of vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and fine chemicals. The world market for vitamins alone is already worth E 2.2 billion a year, of which BASF has a share of about 30 percent. In 2000, BASF sold products manufactured using biotechnology to the value of several hundred million euros.

LEADING COMPANY IN PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY BY 2010 With the help of plant biotechnology, BASF wants to develop crop plants that enable a healthier diet through improved constituents and plants with improved cultivation properties that are resistant to cold or drought. "By 2010, BASF wants to be one of the leading companies in plant biotechnology," explains Dr. Hans Kast, President and CEO of BASF Plant Science GmbH. BASF's expertise in this area is brought together in BASF Plant Science, which was founded in 1998. Today, BASF Plant Science coordinates an international research and technology platform with seven sites in four countries in Europe and North America. In addition to this, there is a wealth of cooperation with research institutes, universities and biotechnology companies. BASF Plant Science currently has about 350 members of staff. Over the next 10 years, BASF will invest E 700 million in the expansion of plant biotechnology. The first biotechnically modified plants from BASF should be ready for the market in 2005. As Dr. Hans Kast puts it: "We are, in principle, assuming a development period of eight to 10 years for plants with improved cultivation and quality properties." The partnership with the Swedish seed cultivation company Svalof Weibull guarantees good market access for products from BASF Plant Science. BIOCATALYSIS - A GROWING MARKET BASF has more than two decades of experience in the area of biocatalysis, which represents a further important area of application for biotechnology. Biocatalysis consists of processes that are used to produce vitamins (e.g. vitamin C and B2), enzymes (e.g. phytase), amino acids (e.g. lysine) and fine

chemicals (e.g. chiral intermediates: ChiPros(TM)) by means of living cells or enzymes.

LEADING COMPANY IN PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY BY 2010 With the help of plant biotechnology, BASF wants to develop crop plants that enable a healthier diet through improved constituents and plants with improved cultivation properties that are resistant to cold or drought. "By 2010, BASF wants to be one of the leading companies in plant biotechnology," explains Dr. Hans Kast, President and CEO of BASF Plant Science GmbH. BASF's expertise in this area is brought together in BASF Plant Science, which was founded in 1998. Today, BASF Plant Science coordinates an international research and technology platform with seven sites in four countries in Europe and North America. In addition to this, there is a wealth of cooperation with research institutes, universities and biotechnology companies. BASF Plant Science currently has about 350 members of staff. Over the next 10 years, BASF will invest E 700 million in the expansion of plant biotechnology. The first biotechnically modified plants from BASF should be ready for the market in 2005. As Dr. Hans Kast puts it: "We are, in principle, assuming a development period of eight to 10 years for plants with improved cultivation and quality properties." The partnership with the Swedish seed cultivation company Svalof Weibull guarantees good market access for products from BASF Plant Science. BIOCATALYSIS - A GROWING MARKET BASF has more than two decades of experience in the area of biocatalysis, which represents a further important area of application for biotechnology. Biocatalysis consists of processes that are used to produce vitamins (e.g. vitamin C and B2), enzymes (e.g. phytase), amino acids (e.g. lysine) and fine

chemicals (e.g. chiral intermediates: ChiPros(TM)) by means of living cells or enzymes. As Dr. Bernhard Hauer, Head of Biocatalysis Intermediates & ChiPros at BASF explains: "Biocatalysis is an economically interesting area of business because the products - products for human and animal nutrition and raw materials for crop protection and pharmaceutical products - are manufactured efficiently." Annual growth rates of up to 8 percent are expected for this area. The perspectives for the future are promising: It is presumed that in 10 to 15 years: - almost all vitamins will be produced using fermentation, biotechnology or plant biotechnology, - almost all amino acids will be produced by means of biotechnology, and - numerous specialty chemicals will be produced using enzymatic processes. USING BIOTECHNOLOGY RESPONSIBLY Every technology must meet high safety requirements and be used responsibly. BASF takes its social responsibility seriously and carefully considers the possible risks and the concerns that have been expressed. Since its foundation in 1865, BASF has created a high level of trust in the world of politics and in society as a whole through the responsible application of new technologies. BASF is a founding member of the Global Compact, an initiative established by the United Nations in 2000 with the aim of safeguarding and promoting nine principles relating to the areas of human rights, labor standards and environmental protection. In addition, BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Responsible Care, Sustainable Development and the OECD guidelines. BASF's commitment in biotechnology is subject to these same guidelines and corresponds to the Core Ethical Values of the European Biotechnology Association, Europa-Bio.

chemicals (e.g. chiral intermediates: ChiPros(TM)) by means of living cells or enzymes. As Dr. Bernhard Hauer, Head of Biocatalysis Intermediates & ChiPros at BASF explains: "Biocatalysis is an economically interesting area of business because the products - products for human and animal nutrition and raw materials for crop protection and pharmaceutical products - are manufactured efficiently." Annual growth rates of up to 8 percent are expected for this area. The perspectives for the future are promising: It is presumed that in 10 to 15 years: - almost all vitamins will be produced using fermentation, biotechnology or plant biotechnology, - almost all amino acids will be produced by means of biotechnology, and - numerous specialty chemicals will be produced using enzymatic processes. USING BIOTECHNOLOGY RESPONSIBLY Every technology must meet high safety requirements and be used responsibly. BASF takes its social responsibility seriously and carefully considers the possible risks and the concerns that have been expressed. Since its foundation in 1865, BASF has created a high level of trust in the world of politics and in society as a whole through the responsible application of new technologies. BASF is a founding member of the Global Compact, an initiative established by the United Nations in 2000 with the aim of safeguarding and promoting nine principles relating to the areas of human rights, labor standards and environmental protection. In addition, BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Responsible Care, Sustainable Development and the OECD guidelines. BASF's commitment in biotechnology is subject to these same guidelines and corresponds to the Core Ethical Values of the European Biotechnology Association, Europa-Bio.

INNOVATIVE BIOTECHNOLOGY AT BASF * Metanomics Research into the plant genome is an important basis for developing processes to optimize useful plants by means of genetic engineering. The company metanomics, which was founded in 1998 with leading representatives of the Max Planck Institute in Golm near Potsdam, carries out functional genome research. By 2004, the 71 employees want to use a new method of analysis to allocate a specific metabolic function to each of the approximately 25,000 plant genes. This will make it possible to identify key genes that can modify specifically certain properties in cultivated plants. Patent applications have already been filed for the first key genes. * Lysine production The amino acid lysine is an important component in animal feeds. If it is not available in sufficient quantities, animals show signs of deficiency. In cooperation with the biotechnology company Integrated Genomics Inc. of Chicago, the genome of the CORYNEBACTERIUM GLUTAMICUM bacterium was completely decoded and the bacterium's complete metabolism elucidated. With this knowledge it has been possible to increase the performance of the bacteria and considerably improve the biotechnological production of lysine in the laboratory. Lysine produced by means of biotechnology is an alternative to other sources of protein, such as bone meal and soybeans. * Vitamin B2 production Vitamin B2 is used as a food supplement in both human food and animal feeds. As a pioneer in 1990, BASF switched the production of vitamin B2 to a fermentation process based on renewable raw materials. Now, in collaboration with the University of Salamanca, Spain, the efficiency of the production organism, the fungus ASHBYA GOSSIPII, has been further increased by 20 percent with the help of biotechnological laboratory

INNOVATIVE BIOTECHNOLOGY AT BASF * Metanomics Research into the plant genome is an important basis for developing processes to optimize useful plants by means of genetic engineering. The company metanomics, which was founded in 1998 with leading representatives of the Max Planck Institute in Golm near Potsdam, carries out functional genome research. By 2004, the 71 employees want to use a new method of analysis to allocate a specific metabolic function to each of the approximately 25,000 plant genes. This will make it possible to identify key genes that can modify specifically certain properties in cultivated plants. Patent applications have already been filed for the first key genes. * Lysine production The amino acid lysine is an important component in animal feeds. If it is not available in sufficient quantities, animals show signs of deficiency. In cooperation with the biotechnology company Integrated Genomics Inc. of Chicago, the genome of the CORYNEBACTERIUM GLUTAMICUM bacterium was completely decoded and the bacterium's complete metabolism elucidated. With this knowledge it has been possible to increase the performance of the bacteria and considerably improve the biotechnological production of lysine in the laboratory. Lysine produced by means of biotechnology is an alternative to other sources of protein, such as bone meal and soybeans. * Vitamin B2 production Vitamin B2 is used as a food supplement in both human food and animal feeds. As a pioneer in 1990, BASF switched the production of vitamin B2 to a fermentation process based on renewable raw materials. Now, in collaboration with the University of Salamanca, Spain, the efficiency of the production organism, the fungus ASHBYA GOSSIPII, has been further increased by 20 percent with the help of biotechnological laboratory methods. This objective was

achieved by elucidating the enzymes which are involved in the metabolism process that forms vitamin B2. The researchers received an award from the University of Salamanca for their work.

Exhibit 99.4 NEWS RELEASE October 8, 2001 P 357e Dr. Hartmut Unger Phone: ++49 621 60-9 91 23 Fax: ++49 621 60-9 26 93 E-mail: hartmut.unger@basf-ag.de BASF REACHES A NEW STAGE IN E-COMMERCE WITH ITS GLOBAL INTERNET PORTAL WORLDACCOUNT NOW ONLINE * Extensive information and ordering capabilities for customers worldwide * Simple operation and personal technical assistance ensure efficient use WorldAccount, the BASF Group's integrated global extranet platform for customer-oriented e-commerce is now online. WorldAccount integrates the core functionalities of the present BASF customer portals for different product categories under one single Internet address. www.worldaccount.basf.com provides customers with on-

achieved by elucidating the enzymes which are involved in the metabolism process that forms vitamin B2. The researchers received an award from the University of Salamanca for their work.

Exhibit 99.4 NEWS RELEASE October 8, 2001 P 357e Dr. Hartmut Unger Phone: ++49 621 60-9 91 23 Fax: ++49 621 60-9 26 93 E-mail: hartmut.unger@basf-ag.de BASF REACHES A NEW STAGE IN E-COMMERCE WITH ITS GLOBAL INTERNET PORTAL WORLDACCOUNT NOW ONLINE * Extensive information and ordering capabilities for customers worldwide * Simple operation and personal technical assistance ensure efficient use WorldAccount, the BASF Group's integrated global extranet platform for customer-oriented e-commerce is now online. WorldAccount integrates the core functionalities of the present BASF customer portals for different product categories under one single Internet address. www.worldaccount.basf.com provides customers with online access to standardized functionalities and extensive product information resources. World Account functionalities include: order placement, order status, e-reporting, access to cerfiticates of analysis and material safety data sheets, auctions participation and a range of options for personal contact and customer support. The objective of this service is to enable customers to make quick, transparent and cost-efficient purchasing decisions around the clock by providing detailed product information and uncomplicated ordering procedures. Since 2000, BASF has successfully operated a variety of customer portals in Europe and North America. With WorldAccount, the world's largest chemical group is once again breaking new ground. "As one of the first companies in the chemical industry, we are providing our customers with a globally integrated

Page 2 purchasing platform based on the latest technology in the form of WorldAccount. BASF is reaching a new stage in terms of customer orientation with this portal," says Wayne Hill, Senior Vice President for Global Electronic Commerce at BASF. "As a result, our customers will be able to use all the advantages of a globally integrated e-commerce presence." The access could not be easier: all that is necessary for a customer to register for a variety of electronic trading opportunities with BASF is an ordinary PC with standard operating software, Internet connection and a browser. "In order to have a customer-friendly system, we consider it essential that the operation is simple and, if needed, that direct contact to the BASF employees is possible around the clock. For this reason, we are planning to assist our customers by phone and in person to take advantage of our online service," said Hill. Of course, strict confidentiality is of paramount importance. Through encryption and the use of firewalls, it will be possible to carry out transactions with BASF both efficiently and securely. WorldAccount will go into operation step-by-step. It is anticipated that the conversion of all existing regional portals to the new system will be completed by the end of 2001. Also, the existing plastics portal of BASF will be available under www.basf.de/plasticsportal further on, but already integrated in WorldAccount. The range of services is already retrievable in German, English, Spanish, French and Italian. Additional languages to be

Exhibit 99.4 NEWS RELEASE October 8, 2001 P 357e Dr. Hartmut Unger Phone: ++49 621 60-9 91 23 Fax: ++49 621 60-9 26 93 E-mail: hartmut.unger@basf-ag.de BASF REACHES A NEW STAGE IN E-COMMERCE WITH ITS GLOBAL INTERNET PORTAL WORLDACCOUNT NOW ONLINE * Extensive information and ordering capabilities for customers worldwide * Simple operation and personal technical assistance ensure efficient use WorldAccount, the BASF Group's integrated global extranet platform for customer-oriented e-commerce is now online. WorldAccount integrates the core functionalities of the present BASF customer portals for different product categories under one single Internet address. www.worldaccount.basf.com provides customers with online access to standardized functionalities and extensive product information resources. World Account functionalities include: order placement, order status, e-reporting, access to cerfiticates of analysis and material safety data sheets, auctions participation and a range of options for personal contact and customer support. The objective of this service is to enable customers to make quick, transparent and cost-efficient purchasing decisions around the clock by providing detailed product information and uncomplicated ordering procedures. Since 2000, BASF has successfully operated a variety of customer portals in Europe and North America. With WorldAccount, the world's largest chemical group is once again breaking new ground. "As one of the first companies in the chemical industry, we are providing our customers with a globally integrated

Page 2 purchasing platform based on the latest technology in the form of WorldAccount. BASF is reaching a new stage in terms of customer orientation with this portal," says Wayne Hill, Senior Vice President for Global Electronic Commerce at BASF. "As a result, our customers will be able to use all the advantages of a globally integrated e-commerce presence." The access could not be easier: all that is necessary for a customer to register for a variety of electronic trading opportunities with BASF is an ordinary PC with standard operating software, Internet connection and a browser. "In order to have a customer-friendly system, we consider it essential that the operation is simple and, if needed, that direct contact to the BASF employees is possible around the clock. For this reason, we are planning to assist our customers by phone and in person to take advantage of our online service," said Hill. Of course, strict confidentiality is of paramount importance. Through encryption and the use of firewalls, it will be possible to carry out transactions with BASF both efficiently and securely. WorldAccount will go into operation step-by-step. It is anticipated that the conversion of all existing regional portals to the new system will be completed by the end of 2001. Also, the existing plastics portal of BASF will be available under www.basf.de/plasticsportal further on, but already integrated in WorldAccount. The range of services is already retrievable in German, English, Spanish, French and Italian. Additional languages to be supported include Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean. WorldAccount will supplement, not replace the proven distribution channels. BASF continues to attach great value to the personal contact between customers and sales staff." BASF is taking advantage of the opportunities

Page 2 purchasing platform based on the latest technology in the form of WorldAccount. BASF is reaching a new stage in terms of customer orientation with this portal," says Wayne Hill, Senior Vice President for Global Electronic Commerce at BASF. "As a result, our customers will be able to use all the advantages of a globally integrated e-commerce presence." The access could not be easier: all that is necessary for a customer to register for a variety of electronic trading opportunities with BASF is an ordinary PC with standard operating software, Internet connection and a browser. "In order to have a customer-friendly system, we consider it essential that the operation is simple and, if needed, that direct contact to the BASF employees is possible around the clock. For this reason, we are planning to assist our customers by phone and in person to take advantage of our online service," said Hill. Of course, strict confidentiality is of paramount importance. Through encryption and the use of firewalls, it will be possible to carry out transactions with BASF both efficiently and securely. WorldAccount will go into operation step-by-step. It is anticipated that the conversion of all existing regional portals to the new system will be completed by the end of 2001. Also, the existing plastics portal of BASF will be available under www.basf.de/plasticsportal further on, but already integrated in WorldAccount. The range of services is already retrievable in German, English, Spanish, French and Italian. Additional languages to be supported include Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean. WorldAccount will supplement, not replace the proven distribution channels. BASF continues to attach great value to the personal contact between customers and sales staff." BASF is taking advantage of the opportunities

Page 3 offered by e-commerce to improve customer relationships and enhance its supply chain productivity," explains Hill. Through WorldAccount, BASF aims to further expand its leading position in the area of e-commerce. Online ordering is increasingly becoming a daily routine for BASF's customers. Today, 10 percent of BASF's global sales are achieved through e-commerce. During the first half of 2001, BASF also successfully handled initial transactions via the electronic marketplaces Omnexus (thermoplastics) and Elemica (basic and specialty chemicals). Both marketplaces as well as CC-Chemplorer, an e-market for the procurement of technical goods and services, were co-founded by BASF in 2000. BASF is a transnational chemical company that aims to increase and sustain its corporate value through growth and innovation. The company's product range includes high-value chemicals, plastics, colorants and pigments, dispersions, automotive and industrial coatings, agricultural products and fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. BASF's approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is one of its particular strengths, ensuring cost leadership and a unique competitive advantage. With sales in 2000 of about Euro 36 billion (circa $34 billion) and more than 90. 000 employees, BASF is one of the world's leading chemical companies. BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Sustainable Development. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and New York (BF). The company's Internet address is www.basf.com.

Exhibit 99.5 NEWS RELEASE October 4, 2001 P 356e Jennifer Moore-Braun Tel. +49/6 21-60-2 08 29 Fax +49/6 21-60-9 26 93 jennifer.moore-braun@basf-ag.de

Page 3 offered by e-commerce to improve customer relationships and enhance its supply chain productivity," explains Hill. Through WorldAccount, BASF aims to further expand its leading position in the area of e-commerce. Online ordering is increasingly becoming a daily routine for BASF's customers. Today, 10 percent of BASF's global sales are achieved through e-commerce. During the first half of 2001, BASF also successfully handled initial transactions via the electronic marketplaces Omnexus (thermoplastics) and Elemica (basic and specialty chemicals). Both marketplaces as well as CC-Chemplorer, an e-market for the procurement of technical goods and services, were co-founded by BASF in 2000. BASF is a transnational chemical company that aims to increase and sustain its corporate value through growth and innovation. The company's product range includes high-value chemicals, plastics, colorants and pigments, dispersions, automotive and industrial coatings, agricultural products and fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. BASF's approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is one of its particular strengths, ensuring cost leadership and a unique competitive advantage. With sales in 2000 of about Euro 36 billion (circa $34 billion) and more than 90. 000 employees, BASF is one of the world's leading chemical companies. BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Sustainable Development. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and New York (BF). The company's Internet address is www.basf.com.

Exhibit 99.5 NEWS RELEASE October 4, 2001 P 356e Jennifer Moore-Braun Tel. +49/6 21-60-2 08 29 Fax +49/6 21-60-9 26 93 jennifer.moore-braun@basf-ag.de BASF PETRONAS CHEMICALS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES ITS WORLD-SCALE PRODUCTION SITE IN MALAYSIA * Largest German chemical investment in Malaysia * $900 million investment in first Verbund site in Asia * Strong partners working together to meet the needs of a growing market KUANTAN, OCTOBER 4, 2001 - BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn Bhd, a 60:40 joint venture between BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany, and the Malaysia's national petroleum corporation Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) today officially launches its world-scale Verbund site in the Gebeng Chemical Industrial Zone in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. This is the largest German chemical investment in Asia and BASF's first Verbund site in the region. The opening ceremony was officiated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, in the presence of Dato Seri Adnan Yaacob, the Menteri Besar of Pahang, Mr. Helmut Becks, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, Dr Werner Burgert, President, BASF South East Asia and Tan Sri Dato' Seri Azizan Zainul Abidin, Chairman of PETRONAS. The 150 hectare integrated chemical complex comprises 12 plants in three phases, producing acrylic monomers, oxo alcohols and butanediol. The acrylics complex was completed in July last year. A complex for the production of syngas, oxo alcohols, phthalic acid anhydride and plasticizers became fully operational in April 2001. A butanediol complex is scheduled to start up in the fourth quarter of 2002. Total capital expenditures for the projects at the site will be about Euro900 million.

Exhibit 99.5 NEWS RELEASE October 4, 2001 P 356e Jennifer Moore-Braun Tel. +49/6 21-60-2 08 29 Fax +49/6 21-60-9 26 93 jennifer.moore-braun@basf-ag.de BASF PETRONAS CHEMICALS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES ITS WORLD-SCALE PRODUCTION SITE IN MALAYSIA * Largest German chemical investment in Malaysia * $900 million investment in first Verbund site in Asia * Strong partners working together to meet the needs of a growing market KUANTAN, OCTOBER 4, 2001 - BASF PETRONAS Chemicals Sdn Bhd, a 60:40 joint venture between BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany, and the Malaysia's national petroleum corporation Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) today officially launches its world-scale Verbund site in the Gebeng Chemical Industrial Zone in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. This is the largest German chemical investment in Asia and BASF's first Verbund site in the region. The opening ceremony was officiated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, in the presence of Dato Seri Adnan Yaacob, the Menteri Besar of Pahang, Mr. Helmut Becks, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, Dr Werner Burgert, President, BASF South East Asia and Tan Sri Dato' Seri Azizan Zainul Abidin, Chairman of PETRONAS. The 150 hectare integrated chemical complex comprises 12 plants in three phases, producing acrylic monomers, oxo alcohols and butanediol. The acrylics complex was completed in July last year. A complex for the production of syngas, oxo alcohols, phthalic acid anhydride and plasticizers became fully operational in April 2001. A butanediol complex is scheduled to start up in the fourth quarter of 2002. Total capital expenditures for the projects at the site will be about Euro900 million.

Page 2 "Both partners have been firmly committed to making this joint venture a success. On both sides, the speed of making decisions to solve issues was a crucial component in successfully realizing our ambitious plans. The chemical complex that operates today is a tangible result of this successful joint-venture alliance. The strong support of the State and Federal Government for the joint venture provided the impetus for this growth driven strategy which adds clear value to all involved," said Mr. Becks. The combined production capacity of the plants will be more than one million metric tons per year. More than 80 percent of the products will be exported to customers in Asia-Pacific, with focus on the ASEAN region. The essential raw materials produced by BASF PETRONAS Chemicals are used for final application in a wide range of high quality end-products including plastics, adhesives, paints, lacquers, paper, diapers, automobile & industrial coatings, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, textiles, leather and personal care materials. "Support from our shareholders and commitment of our employees have contributed to operational readiness. This has brought us a step closer to realizing our on-time delivery goals to meet the demands of our expanding base of customers in the Asia-Pacific region," added John Fastier, Managing Director of BASF PETRONAS Chemicals. The Verbund site in Kuantan plays an important role in BASF's strategy in Asia. By 2010, BASF aims to derive

Page 2 "Both partners have been firmly committed to making this joint venture a success. On both sides, the speed of making decisions to solve issues was a crucial component in successfully realizing our ambitious plans. The chemical complex that operates today is a tangible result of this successful joint-venture alliance. The strong support of the State and Federal Government for the joint venture provided the impetus for this growth driven strategy which adds clear value to all involved," said Mr. Becks. The combined production capacity of the plants will be more than one million metric tons per year. More than 80 percent of the products will be exported to customers in Asia-Pacific, with focus on the ASEAN region. The essential raw materials produced by BASF PETRONAS Chemicals are used for final application in a wide range of high quality end-products including plastics, adhesives, paints, lacquers, paper, diapers, automobile & industrial coatings, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, textiles, leather and personal care materials. "Support from our shareholders and commitment of our employees have contributed to operational readiness. This has brought us a step closer to realizing our on-time delivery goals to meet the demands of our expanding base of customers in the Asia-Pacific region," added John Fastier, Managing Director of BASF PETRONAS Chemicals. The Verbund site in Kuantan plays an important role in BASF's strategy in Asia. By 2010, BASF aims to derive 20 percent of the Group's chemical sales from the region, 70 percent of which is to come from local production. A week ago, the groundbreaking for BASF's second Verbund site in Asia took place in Nanjing, China. BASF has 31 wholly owned subsidiaries and 29 joint ventures in the Asia-Pacific region. Overall, some 10,000 people are employed by these companies. Sales to customers in the region in 2000 were almost Euro 5 billion. The value of local production accounted for 46 percent.

Page 3 ABOUT BASF BASF is a transnational chemical company that aims to increase and sustain its corporate value through growth and innovation. The company's product range includes high-value chemicals, plastics, colorants and pigments, dispersions, automotive and industrial coatings, agricultural products and fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. BASF's approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is one of its particular strengths, ensuring cost leadership and a unique competitive advantage. With sales in 2000 of about Euro 36 billion (circa $34 billion) and more than 90 000 employees, BASF is one of the world's leading chemical companies. BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Sustainable Development. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and New York (BF). The company's Internet address is www.basf.com. ABOUT PETRONAS Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) is the national petroleum corporation of Malaysia and is wholly owned by the Malaysian Government. PETRONAS, together with its subsidiaries and associated companies, is a fully integrated oil and gas company engaged in a broad spectrum of upstream and downstream oil and gas activities and petrochemical operations. Incorporated in August 1974, PETRONAS has since 1990s expanded its activities into the international arena and now has business interests in 25 countries. In Malaysia, as part of its downstream activities, PETRONAS is spearheading the development of the country's growing petrochemical industry to turn Malaysia into a regional petrochemical hub. This is being realised through the development of two integrated petrochemical complexes (IPCs) in Kertih, Terengganu and Gebeng, Pahang. The IPC concept is aimed at increasing the competitive edge of the industry through integration of plants and common infrastructure and support facilities.

Exhibit 99.6 NEWS RELEASE

Page 3 ABOUT BASF BASF is a transnational chemical company that aims to increase and sustain its corporate value through growth and innovation. The company's product range includes high-value chemicals, plastics, colorants and pigments, dispersions, automotive and industrial coatings, agricultural products and fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. BASF's approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is one of its particular strengths, ensuring cost leadership and a unique competitive advantage. With sales in 2000 of about Euro 36 billion (circa $34 billion) and more than 90 000 employees, BASF is one of the world's leading chemical companies. BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Sustainable Development. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and New York (BF). The company's Internet address is www.basf.com. ABOUT PETRONAS Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) is the national petroleum corporation of Malaysia and is wholly owned by the Malaysian Government. PETRONAS, together with its subsidiaries and associated companies, is a fully integrated oil and gas company engaged in a broad spectrum of upstream and downstream oil and gas activities and petrochemical operations. Incorporated in August 1974, PETRONAS has since 1990s expanded its activities into the international arena and now has business interests in 25 countries. In Malaysia, as part of its downstream activities, PETRONAS is spearheading the development of the country's growing petrochemical industry to turn Malaysia into a regional petrochemical hub. This is being realised through the development of two integrated petrochemical complexes (IPCs) in Kertih, Terengganu and Gebeng, Pahang. The IPC concept is aimed at increasing the competitive edge of the industry through integration of plants and common infrastructure and support facilities.

Exhibit 99.6 NEWS RELEASE September 28, 2001 Diana Weitenkopf P 342e Tel. +49 6 21/60-2 07 32 Fax +49 6 21/60-9 26 93 diana.weitenkopf@basf-ag.de LARGEST SINO-GERMAN CHEMICAL JOINT VENTURE KICKS-OFF BASF-YPC BREAKS GROUND FOR A WORLD-SCALE INTEGRATED PETROCHEMICAL SITE IN NANJING NANJING, CHINA / SEPTEMBER 28, 2001 - BASF-YPC Company Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture company between BASF and SINOPEC, today celebrated the ground breaking for its world-scale integrated petrochemical production site in Nanjing. At the ceremony were Mr. Chen Jinhua, the Vice Chairman of National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); Mr. Sheng Huaren, member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC); Mr. Hui Liangyu, Party Secretary of Jiangsu Province; Mr. Ji Yunshi, Governor of Jiangsu Province; Mr. Wang Wulong, Party Secretary of Nanjing; Mr. Wang Hongmin, Mayor of Nanjing; Mr. Joachim Broudre-Groger, German Ambassador; Dr. Juergen F. Strube, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, Mr. Helmut Becks, Member of Board of Executive Directors of BASF; and Mr. Li Yizhong, Chairman of SINOPEC. Using state-of-the-art technology, BASF-YPC will build and operate a steamcracker (600,000 metric tons ethylene per year) and nine downstream plants on its 220 hectare site on the Yangze River. With a total investment of US$2.9 billion (including utilities), BASF-YPC is currently the largest chemical Sino-German joint venture in China.

Exhibit 99.6 NEWS RELEASE September 28, 2001 Diana Weitenkopf P 342e Tel. +49 6 21/60-2 07 32 Fax +49 6 21/60-9 26 93 diana.weitenkopf@basf-ag.de LARGEST SINO-GERMAN CHEMICAL JOINT VENTURE KICKS-OFF BASF-YPC BREAKS GROUND FOR A WORLD-SCALE INTEGRATED PETROCHEMICAL SITE IN NANJING NANJING, CHINA / SEPTEMBER 28, 2001 - BASF-YPC Company Ltd., a 50-50 joint venture company between BASF and SINOPEC, today celebrated the ground breaking for its world-scale integrated petrochemical production site in Nanjing. At the ceremony were Mr. Chen Jinhua, the Vice Chairman of National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC); Mr. Sheng Huaren, member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC); Mr. Hui Liangyu, Party Secretary of Jiangsu Province; Mr. Ji Yunshi, Governor of Jiangsu Province; Mr. Wang Wulong, Party Secretary of Nanjing; Mr. Wang Hongmin, Mayor of Nanjing; Mr. Joachim Broudre-Groger, German Ambassador; Dr. Juergen F. Strube, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, Mr. Helmut Becks, Member of Board of Executive Directors of BASF; and Mr. Li Yizhong, Chairman of SINOPEC. Using state-of-the-art technology, BASF-YPC will build and operate a steamcracker (600,000 metric tons ethylene per year) and nine downstream plants on its 220 hectare site on the Yangze River. With a total investment of US$2.9 billion (including utilities), BASF-YPC is currently the largest chemical Sino-German joint venture in China.

Page 2 Apart from the steamcracker, the project includes the following plants: * Low density polyethylenes 400,000 mt/y * Ethylene glycols 300,000 mt/y * Acrylic Acid 160,000 mt/y * Acrylates 215,000 mt/y * C4 oxo alcohols 250,000 mt/y * Formic Acid 50,000 mt/y * Propionic Acid 30,000 mt/y * Methylamines 30,000 mt/y * Dimethylformamide 30,000 mt/y The new Verbund site is expected to begin commercial operations in 2005 and will produce about 1.7 million metric tons of high quality chemicals and polymers per year to serve the domestic market. The partners are convinced that BASF-YPC will be highly competitive in the marketplace and help boost the economic development of Eastern China, especially Jiangsu province. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Mr. Li Yizhong, Chairman of SINOPEC said, "I am sure this project will greatly improve the supply-demand situation of raw materials for China's chemical industry in the coming years. It will also help to consolidate our position in the domestic chemical market, and enhance the competitiveness of SINOPEC."

Page 2 Apart from the steamcracker, the project includes the following plants: * Low density polyethylenes 400,000 mt/y * Ethylene glycols 300,000 mt/y * Acrylic Acid 160,000 mt/y * Acrylates 215,000 mt/y * C4 oxo alcohols 250,000 mt/y * Formic Acid 50,000 mt/y * Propionic Acid 30,000 mt/y * Methylamines 30,000 mt/y * Dimethylformamide 30,000 mt/y The new Verbund site is expected to begin commercial operations in 2005 and will produce about 1.7 million metric tons of high quality chemicals and polymers per year to serve the domestic market. The partners are convinced that BASF-YPC will be highly competitive in the marketplace and help boost the economic development of Eastern China, especially Jiangsu province. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Mr. Li Yizhong, Chairman of SINOPEC said, "I am sure this project will greatly improve the supply-demand situation of raw materials for China's chemical industry in the coming years. It will also help to consolidate our position in the domestic chemical market, and enhance the competitiveness of SINOPEC." Dr. Strube, Chairman of BASF said, "This project is visible proof of the excellent partnership between BASF and SINOPEC. The new plants to be located here will constitute BASF's largest investment in Asia. This shows the important role China will play in our strategy. By 2010 we plan to obtain a significant proportion of sales from China."

Page 3 In 1995, BASF and SINOPEC began their negotiations to establish an integrated petrochemical site. In March 1996, both parties signed a Letter of Intent. The Chinese government approved the project proposal and the Joint Feasibility Study in December 1997 and June 2000 respectively. BASF was the first foreign chemical company to receive approval for such a production site in China. The business license was awarded to the joint venture in December 2000. BASF-YPC is the first strategic joint venture project finalized by SINOPEC, with an international company, after its successful IPO in October 2000 on the stock markets of New York, London and Hong Kong. ABOUT BASF BASF is a transnational chemical company that aims to increase and sustain its corporate value through growth and innovation. The company's product range includes high-quality chemicals, plastics, colorants and pigments, dispersions, automotive and industrial coating, agricultural products and fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. BASF's approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund", is one of its particular strengths, ensuring cost leadership and a unique competitive advantage. With sales of about E 36 billion (circa US$34 billion), BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Sustainable Development. BASF shares are traded on stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), Zurich (BAS), Paris (BA) and New York (BF). The Company's internet address is www.basf.com.

ABOUT SINOPEC SINOPEC is the largest integrated petroleum and petrochemical company in China. The shares of SINOPEC were issued in New York, Hong Kong and London simultaneously in October 2000 and in Shanghai in July 2001. The company's businesses include oil and gas exploration, development, production and selling, crude oil processing, oil products trading, transportation, distribution, petrochemical production and distribution. In 2000,

Page 3 In 1995, BASF and SINOPEC began their negotiations to establish an integrated petrochemical site. In March 1996, both parties signed a Letter of Intent. The Chinese government approved the project proposal and the Joint Feasibility Study in December 1997 and June 2000 respectively. BASF was the first foreign chemical company to receive approval for such a production site in China. The business license was awarded to the joint venture in December 2000. BASF-YPC is the first strategic joint venture project finalized by SINOPEC, with an international company, after its successful IPO in October 2000 on the stock markets of New York, London and Hong Kong. ABOUT BASF BASF is a transnational chemical company that aims to increase and sustain its corporate value through growth and innovation. The company's product range includes high-quality chemicals, plastics, colorants and pigments, dispersions, automotive and industrial coating, agricultural products and fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. BASF's approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund", is one of its particular strengths, ensuring cost leadership and a unique competitive advantage. With sales of about E 36 billion (circa US$34 billion), BASF acts in accordance with the principles of Sustainable Development. BASF shares are traded on stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), Zurich (BAS), Paris (BA) and New York (BF). The Company's internet address is www.basf.com.

ABOUT SINOPEC SINOPEC is the largest integrated petroleum and petrochemical company in China. The shares of SINOPEC were issued in New York, Hong Kong and London simultaneously in October 2000 and in Shanghai in July 2001. The company's businesses include oil and gas exploration, development, production and selling, crude oil processing, oil products trading, transportation, distribution, petrochemical production and distribution. In 2000, the turnover and other operating revenues of SINOPEC was about US$39.6 billion (RMB328.9 billion). SINOPEC will further improve its competitiveness, and return on its capital employed, through the implementation of cost reduction, resource optimization , human resource strategies, and technology. YPC, with an annual output amounting to 5 million metric tons, is a key subsidiary, and one of SINOPEC's largest ethylene bases. SINOPEC aims to be a world-scale petrochemical and energy company with international competitiveness. SINOPECs internet address is www.sinopec.com. Photos of Asia can be found in the Internet under: http://www.basf.de/asia-tour

ABOUT SINOPEC SINOPEC is the largest integrated petroleum and petrochemical company in China. The shares of SINOPEC were issued in New York, Hong Kong and London simultaneously in October 2000 and in Shanghai in July 2001. The company's businesses include oil and gas exploration, development, production and selling, crude oil processing, oil products trading, transportation, distribution, petrochemical production and distribution. In 2000, the turnover and other operating revenues of SINOPEC was about US$39.6 billion (RMB328.9 billion). SINOPEC will further improve its competitiveness, and return on its capital employed, through the implementation of cost reduction, resource optimization , human resource strategies, and technology. YPC, with an annual output amounting to 5 million metric tons, is a key subsidiary, and one of SINOPEC's largest ethylene bases. SINOPEC aims to be a world-scale petrochemical and energy company with international competitiveness. SINOPECs internet address is www.sinopec.com. Photos of Asia can be found in the Internet under: http://www.basf.de/asia-tour


								
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