Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 6-K

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
                      PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                                  May 30, 2006

                             BASF AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
             (Exact name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

                                BASF CORPORATION
                 (Translation of Registrant's name into English)

               Carl Bosch Strasse 38, LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY 67056
                    (Address of Principal Executive Offices)

                       Indicate by check mark whether the
                          Registrant files or will file
                         annual reports under cover Form
                                20-F or Form 40-F
                              Form 20-F X Form 40-F

                Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant by
                furnishing the information contained in this Form
                is also thereby furnishing the information to the
   Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of
                                    Yes No X

       If "Yes" is marked, indicate below the file number assigned to the
               Registrant in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): 82- .

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Michael Grabicki
Phone:     +49 621 60-99938
Fax:       +49 621 60-92693

US media contact:
Rand Pearsall
Phone:     +1 973 245 6820
Fax:       +1 973 245 6714

Analysts/Investors contact:
Christoph Beumelburg
Phone:     +1 973 245 6013
Fax:       +1 973 245 6714

BASF Aktiengesellschaft
67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany
Phone:+49 621 60-0
Corporate Media Relations
Phone: +49 621 60-20710
Fax:     +49 621 60-92693

BASF and Engelhard Reach Agreement
>> Engelhard recommends that Engelhard's shareholders accept BASF's offer
>> BASF CEO Hambrecht: "Crucial step towards acquisition of Engelhard."

Ludwigshafen, Germany, May 30, 2006 - BASF Aktiengesellschaft (Frankfurt: BAS,
NYSE: BF [ADR], LSE: BFA, SWX: AN) announced today that it signed a definitive
agreement with Engelhard Corporation (NYSE: EC). According to the agreement,
Engelhard will recommend that Engelhard shareholders tender their shares to BASF
in exchange for $39 per share in cash and will withdraw its $45 per share
self-tender offer for approximately 20 percent of the company's shares.

"We are very pleased that BASF and Engelhard were able to reach agreement on a
negotiated transaction. This is a crucial step towards our goal of acquiring
Engelhard," said Dr. Jurgen Hambrecht, Chairman of the Board of Executive
Directors of BASF Aktiengesellschaft. "We are confident that Engelhard's
shareholders will tender their shares into our offer, following the
recommendation of Engelhard."

BASF's $39 per share all-cash offer for all of the issued and outstanding shares
of common stock of Engelhard Corporation is scheduled to expire at midnight, New
York City time, on Monday, June 5, 2006.

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BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its
portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural
products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner
to virtually all industries, BASF's intelligent system solutions and high-value
products help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new
technologies and uses them to open up additional market opportunities. It
combines economic success with environmental protection and social
responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. In 2005, BASF had
approximately 81,000 employees and posted sales of more than (euro)42.7 billion.
BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA),
New York (BF) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the
Internet at www.basf.com.

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
initially 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 most recent Form 20-F
filed with the SEC.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this Current Report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                   BASF Aktiengesellschaft

May 30, 2006                       By: /s/ Elisabeth Schick
                                   Name: Elisabeth Schick
                                   Title: Director Site Communications
                                   Ludwigshafen and Europe

                                   By: /s/ Christian Schubert
                                   Name: Christian Schubert
                                   Title: Director Corporate Communications
                                   BASF Group