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BASF Extends Tender Offer to March 17, 2006


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Ludwigshafen, Germany, March 6, 2006 – BASF Aktiengesellschaft (Frankfurt: BAS, NYSE: BF [ADR], LSE: BFA, SWX: AN) today announced that, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Iron Acquisition Corporation, it has extended the expiration date of its cash tender offer for all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Engelhard Corporation (NYSE: EC) to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Friday, March 17, 2006. The tender offer had previously been scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Friday, March 3, 2006.

“We are disappointed that we have been unable to reach an agreement with Engelhard on a Confidentiality Agreement, but the terms proposed by Engelhard were unacceptable and not in the best interest of Engelhard’s stockholders,” said Michael Grabicki, a spokesman for BASF Aktiengesellschaft.

BASF also announced that, as of March 3, 2006, it had received anti-trust clearance from all major regulatory agencies necessary for the consummation of its acquisition of Engelhard, including those of the United States and the European Union.

BASF has been informed by The Bank of New York, the Depositary for the offer, that, as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 3, 2006, a total of 649,277 shares of Engelhard common stock had been tendered into the offer and not withdrawn. As a consequence of the extension of the expiration date, holders of Engelhard common stock may tender their shares until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Friday, March 17, 2006, unless the offer is further extended.

BASF currently intends to solicit proxies for use at Engelhard’s 2006 annual meeting of stockholders, or at any adjournment or postponement thereof, to vote in favor of BASF’s nominees identified in the revised preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and to vote on any other matters that shall be voted upon at Engelhard’s 2006 annual meeting of stockholders. On February 27, 2006, BASF filed a revised preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A with the SEC in connection with this solicitation of proxies. All Engelhard stockholders are strongly encouraged to read the revised preliminary proxy statement and the definitive proxy statement when it is available, because they contain important information. Engelhard stockholders may obtain copies of the revised preliminary proxy statement and related materials for free at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

The identity of people who, under SEC rules, may be considered “participants in a solicitation” of proxies from Engelhard stockholders for use at Engelhard’s 2006 annual meeting of stockholders and a description of their direct and indirect interests in the solicitation, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the revised preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A that BASF filed with the SEC on February 27, 2006.

This press release is provided for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities of Engelhard Corporation. Any offers to purchase or solicitation of offers to sell will be made only pursuant to the tender offer statement (including the offer to purchase, the letter of transmittal and other offer documents), which was filed with the SEC on January 9, 2006. Engelhard stockholders are advised to read these documents and any other documents relating to the tender offer that are filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety because they contain important information. Engelhard stockholders may obtain copies of these documents for free at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or by calling Innisfree M&A Incorporated, the Information Agent for the offer, at +1 877 750 5837 (Toll Free from the U.S. and Canada) or 00800 7710 9971 (Toll Free from Europe).

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements contained in this press release that are not clearly historical in nature or that necessarily depend on future events are forward-looking, and the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections of BASF management and currently available information. They are not guarantees of future performance, involve certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and are based upon assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate.

Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of BASF to be materially different from those that may be expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include those discussed in BASF’s Form 20-F filed with the SEC.



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