ABB, BASF sign global partnership agreement

ABB and BASF AG agreed Jan. 6 that ABB will supply distributed control systems (DCSs) to BASF facilities worldwide. The agreement includes OperateIT distributed control systems, ControlIT controllers, and other controllers in the Melody and Freelance series. The agreement also includes engineering services, documentation, factory acceptance test (FAT) training, and...

02/01/2003


Eschborn, Germany - ABB and BASF AG agreed Jan. 6 that ABB will supply distributed control systems (DCSs) to BASF facilities worldwide.

The agreement includes OperateITdistributed control systems, ControlITcontrollers, and other controllers in the Melody and Freelance series. The agreement also includes engineering services, documentation, factory acceptance test (FAT) training, and maintenance. The agreement further grants BASF global contract terms, which will lead to uniform purchasing procedures worldwide and standardized technology.

'BASF is aiming to obtain standardized delivery conditions globally in consideration of special local requirements, such as service agreements and service prices, which differ from country to country,' says Hubertus Dietz, ABB's global account manager for BASF. 'This agreement significantly simplifies the purchasing and delivery process, and also reduces engineering costs through the efficiency and reuse capabilities of EngineerITtools.'

The agreement also is expected to pave the way for future agreements between BASF and ABB, such as a price agreement for FieldITinstrumentation that is already signed, and another agreement for AnalyzeITnow being negotiated. 'With similar strategic agreements already in place with other international corporations in the chemical industry, such as The Dow Chemical Co. and Noveon, ABB is focused on supplying our customers with products, solutions, and services that increase their productivity,' says Mr. Dietz.





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