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BASF Coatings expands waterborne basecoat production

Published on 2009-05-22. Author : SpecialChem

Würzburg / Münster -- Around one and one-half years after the construction start, BASF Coatings has officially launched its new production and lab capacities for basecoats at the Würzburg site. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Stefan Marcinowski, Member of the Board of BASF SE, Dr. Walter Jouck, Würzburg Site Manager, Bernhard Zentgraf, Chairperson of BASF Coatings' works council at the Würzburg site and Würzburg Lord Mayor Georg Rosenthal recognized the significance of the investment, which amounts to around 21 million euros. "With this capacity expansion, we are making a bold statement in the face of the economic crisis," Marcinowski stressed. "We are pursuing our long-term strategy and are consistently building on our environmentally friendly waterborne basecoat technology."

The expanded lab capacities in particular will permit BASF to respond to its customers’ wishes even more flexibly and quickly. In addition to marking the opening of the new facilities, BASF Coatings is celebrating two major anniversaries in Würzburg in 2009: 50 years of coatings production at the site, and 40 years of basecoat manufacturing. As Jouck put it, "The Würzburg site is the competence center for basecoats in BASF Coatings’ worldwide network. This investment clearly confirms the Würzburg site’s role as the cradle of BASF’s waterborne basecoat."

During the mid-1980s, BASF employees in Würzburg developed the waterborne basecoat technology. Today, even 20 years later, it continues to set the global standards in terms of product properties and ecological quality. Around 50 million vehicles currently sport waterborne basecoats "Made in Würzburg," and the numbers are growing. The markets in Europe in particular, and increasingly in Asia too, are committing to environmentally friendly products. In addition, the automotive industry’s demand for waterborne basecoats for coating plastic add-on parts has grown. In the future, new colors for plastic add-on parts will be produced and provided to the customers even more quickly and flexibly.

Source: BASF

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