BASF Implements Manufacturing Information Management Solution

Global chemical company to recommend solution to worldwide plants as foundation for manufacturing execution system strategy

Cambridge, MA — August 20, 2004 — BASF, one of the world's leading chemical companies, said today it has selected AspenTech's information management solution for its worldwide manufacturing plants.

The AspenTech solution will provide a foundation for BASF's new Manufacturing Execution System (MES) strategy, which is based on the deployment of a standard set of business and plant technologies. The information management systems will play a key role in enabling users to see and analyze real-time data from the manufacturing process.

BASF said the adoption of the information management system will enable it to establish a common platform for all MES functions with a consistent process for both the implementation and support of the solution. The solution is built on the Aspen Operations Manager Integration Infrastructure, which provides the integration platform to connect with BASF's enterprise resource planning system and other plant applications.

Providing plant managers and engineers with access to real-time process information, coupled with relevant business information, is a fundamental requirement for improving manufacturing performance, according to BASF. The company expects the solution will provide a standard framework to analyze and optimize its plant operations.

The process data captured by the information management system will be used for a range of functions including batch monitoring and analysis, engineering analysis, management information and quality control. AspenTech's information management solution was selected after a comprehensive evaluation of competing business and plant solution providers.

"BASF is a long-standing user of AspenTech's engineering and manufacturing solutions, and we welcome this opportunity to further strengthen our partnership," said David McQuillin, president and CEO of AspenTech.