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BASF: The Windows of the Constantine Palace in New Splendor

Published on 2004-02-12. Author : SpecialChem

St. Petersburg, Russia. A short while ago, it was still a ruin - now the Constantine Palace has been restored to its former glory. Just in time for the 300-year anniversary of the city of St. Petersburg, the building located in the suburb of Strelna was completely renovated in a record time of one-and-a-half years. Now guests from all over the world can admire the magnificence of this baroque building. BASF Coatings AG made an important contribution.

About 1,400 newly installed double window frames are coated with Glasurit®, a BASF Coatings brand. Bush, Blair, and Berlusconi are among the world dignitaries who have already admired the renovated baroque building. The Russians invested about 300 million euros in the overall renovation of the palace, which was finished in 1755 and damaged once in World War II and again due to fire in 1986. Today, the castle on the Gulf of Finland acts as a grandiose convention center and as the residence of President Vladimir Putin.

The Glassohyd products of Glasurit not only beautify, but also protect the 1,400 pinewood window frames. About 500 liters of Glassohyd Natura Primer - a water-thinnable, impregnating lasur - and about 1,500 liters of Glassohyd FensterColor Decklasur (a covering, water-thinnable high-build lasur) in nut tree contribute to the splendor of Constantine Palace. The innovative Glassohyd system is eco-efficient and gives the wooden windows optimum UV protection and weather resistance, as well as brilliant, natural surfaces.

BASF : A major international player in coatings

BASF Coatings AG belongs to the global Coatings Division of the BASF Group. In 2002, the Coatings Division achieved world sales of 2.1 billion euros. The Coatings Division develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints, and also the processes needed to apply them. In this business, eco- efficient water-based, powder and high-solids coatings as well as radiation-curable systems play a special part. In Brazil, the company has been successful in the decorative paints market for years and holds the leading position.

BASF has a major, global presence in the Coatings sector, with significant market positions in Europe, North America, South America and the Asia/Pacific region, for example with affiliates in Australia, China, India, Japan, and the Philippines. The internet address of BASF Coatings is www.basf-coatings.de. BASF is the world's leading chemical company, offering its customers a range of high- performance products, including chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as crude oil and natural gas. Its distinctive approach to integration, known in German as "Verbund," is its strength. It enables BASF to achieve cost leadership and gives the company a competitive advantage. BASF conducts its business in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

In 2002, BASF had sales of about €32 billion (circa $34 billion) and over 89,000 employees worldwide. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

Source: BASF

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