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BASF Coatings celebrates Jubilee: 100,000 tonnes of waterborne basecoat from Schwarzheide

Published on 2006-03-09. Author : SpecialChem

Schwarzheide -- BASF Coatings AG is celebrating a significant jubilee: in March 2006 the company dispatched the 100,000th tonne of waterborne basecoat produced in the Schwarzheide plant to one of its customers. "This is an important milestone in the history of the waterborne basecoat factory and for BASF Coatings as a whole," declares Dr. Walter Jouck. This plant in the Lausitz region manufactures water-based paints using innovative production technology and is meticulously attuned to carmakers’ needs, the head of Operations OEM Coatings Europe continues.

The Schwarzheide waterborne basecoat factory team

According to the manager of the waterborne basecoat factory, Dr. Dieter Jahnke: "A result of a production volume of 100,000 tonnes speaks for itself. I should like to thank the entire plant workforce for this outstanding achievement." The Schwarzheide plant primarily manufactures large-scale batches using its state-of-the-art equipment. "The ultimate priority is always to deliver perfect product quality for our customers, despite the large quantities," declares Jahnke.

Schwarzheide waterborne basecoat factory

The Schwarzheide waterborne basecoat factory

A major proportion of the waterborne basecoats that BASF sells throughout Europe is now produced in the Lausitz region. The waterborne basecoat factory in BASF’s Schwarzheide plant began operation in 1993. It was the first new investment since the takeover of the chemical plant by BASF. At the outset there was a workforce of 38 and an annual production capacity of 7,700 tonnes, while now some 100 staff work in the factory whose capacity has risen to 15,000 tonnes per year.

Waterborne basecoats

Most of the organic solvents are replaced by water in the waterborne basecoat compared with a solventborne basecoat. The advantages of this paint system, therefore, are that it produces significantly less environmental pollution by reducing solvent emissions and it simplifies health and safety issues as flammable materials are no longer used. The first waterborne basecoats were introduced in various customers’ plants as long as 20 years ago with the aim of meeting future environmental requirements – and legislation. Back in 1997, water-based systems made up 20% of the total volume used worldwide, while the proportion of waterborne basecoats has now risen to approx. 35%.


September 1991
Start of construction of the plant for manufacturing waterborne basecoats for the automotive industry.

October 1993
Official opening of the waterborne basecoat factory by the Prime Minister of the state of Brandenburg, Dr. Manfred Stolpe, and the Chairman of BASF Aktiengesellschaft’s Board of Executive Directors, Dr. Jürgen Strube.

October 1999
Expansion of capacity: the tank farm and unit goods storage area are extended, containers for storing flammable liquids are converted or new ones are built, and the pigment-processing system and filling system for tinting paste production are optimized.

August 2001
Official opening of the new cleaning plant for customers’ waterborne basecoat containers: up to six 500 or 1000-litre containers per hour can be cleaned. The capacity is around 20,000 customer containers per year.

October 2002
The extended 16-tonne line for manufacturing eco-efficient waterborne basecoats starts trial production on schedule.

April 2004
Cause for celebration: the 75,000th tonne is produced in the waterborne basecoat factory. Starting with a design capacity of 7,700 tonnes per year in 1993, the plant has achieved over 15,000 tonnes per year in recent years thanks to comprehensive optimizations.

March 2006
A further milestone: the 100,000th tonne of waterborne basecoat produced in Schwarzheide is delivered to the customer.

BASF : A major international player in coatings

BASF Coatings AG belongs to the global Coatings Division of the BASF Group. In 2005 the Coatings Division achieved world sales of about 2.2 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.

Source: BASF

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