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PHOS-CHECK(R) and BASF Partner to Offer
Breakthrough Fire Fighting Gel

Tuesday March 29, 11:03 am ET

ST. LOUIS, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Astaris LLC, maker of PHOS-CHEK®, the world's leading brand of fire management chemicals, recently announced a partnership with BASF to produce a breakthrough fire fighting gel. The gel will be marketed domestically under the name PHOS-CHEK AquaGel, and abroad as PHOS-CHEK FOCSTOP.

The AquaGel introduction combines BASF's experience in superabsorbant polymer technology and manufacturing with PHOS-CHEK's decades of experience in fire fighting chemical technology.

Unlike traditional liquid-type gels, PHOS-CHEK AquaGel does not leave an oily residue on surfaces after it has been applied, and does not require expensive cleaners for removal. This makes work areas safer, and makes clean up faster, easier and less expensive. The product is delivered to the user in powder form, which requires less inventory space than liquids. The user simply mixes the product with water, and applies it using the same equipment used for applying water or foam. It's environmentally friendly because it contains no acrylamide, NPE, oils or solvents. PHOS-CHEK AquaGel is approved by the USDA Forest Service.

"This partnership exemplifies our tradition of teaming with the best of the best to provide fire fighters with the safest, most effective products, the best service and a culture of technological innovation," says Edward Goldberg, PHOS-CHEK Business Director. "By working with BASF, we can offer what no one else can - the best products, guaranteed supply and world class technological support."

BASF is the world's leading chemical supplier, with a portfolio that includes chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich.

For over 40 years PHOS-CHEK has provided the world's leading chemical solutions for management of wildland and structural fires. PHOS-CHEK is a division of Astaris LLC, North America's largest phosphorus chemical manufacturer.

Source: Astaris LLC

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