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BASF Coatings Expands Factory in Mexico

Published on 2004-05-03. Author : SpecialChem


BASF Coatings is expanding its factory in the Mexican city of Tultitlán, 35 kilometers north of Mexico City. A new plant has now been commissioned for the manufacturing of Plastics coatings in small batches of less than 2,000 liters. Another plant was built for the manufacturing of mica and aluminum dispersions. For safety, industrial hygiene, and quality reasons, the plant works as a closed system. Commissioning is an important part of our project for business development in this segment and also for the reinforcement of the Tultitlán location in Mexico.

The new plant clearly fulfills legal requirements regarding industrial hygiene, safety, and environmental protection. At the same time, an optimization of process and product quality has been achieved. "With processes that set the highest standards in productivity and work safety, we create a secure basis to continue to improve our customer focus," says Peter A. Fischer, General Manager of BASF Coatings de México in Tultitlán. In addition to automotive OEM coatings, he also sees good opportunities for growth, not least due to the new production facilities, in the areas of hang-on parts coating and plastic and metal coating . The fact that the development of a "high-performance" or "winning" team has high priority here is of vital importance. "This is a further important basis for successful customer relations and thus one of my biggest objectives," says Fischer. With an internationally experienced project team made up of employees from the areas of Marketing and Sales, Operations, Controlling, and Environment, he continues to work specifically on business development. The basis has been created. The first successes of this strategy have already appeared.

BASF : A major international player in coatings

BASF Coatings AG belongs to the global Coatings Division of the BASF Group. In 2003 the Coatings Division achieved world sales of 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 Coatings AG

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