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BASF Coatings Forms Strategic Alliance With Atotech

Published on 2008-09-29. Author : SpecialChem

SOUTHFIELD, MI -- BASF announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Atotech, a world leader in the development and manufacture of chemistry and equipment for general metal finishing and printed circuit board production.

"We are pleased to be leveraging the bio-chemical expertise of the industry by forming a strategic alliance with Atotech," said Juan Carlos Ordonez, Group Vice President of BASF Coatings North America.

Specifically, BASF will leverage Atotech's bio-chemical detackification technology, chemicals in the water curtain that treat overspray paint during the painting process of automobile manufacture. Once these detackification chemicals come in contact with paint overspray, it causes the paint to coagulate.

"Paint overspray treatment is very important because it maintains paint booth cleanliness," said John Kochilla, Atotech's Worldwide Paint Support Technologies Business Manager.  "Effective treatment safely removes paint from water, extending water life and ultimately conserving a precious resource."

The Atotech system is designed to treat solvent and or waterborne paint with little or no equipment modifications. This process substantially reduces sludge, stabilizes chemical oxygen demand (COD) and water parameters, requires less maintenance, reduces equipment cleaning, improves water conservation, and virtually eliminates odors in the process. Further benefits of the Atotech system is that it improves work surroundings and reduces environmental impact.

About BASF:

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $16.4 billion in 2007.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN).

About Atotech:

With annual sales of € 780 million (1.07 billion USD), Atotech is one of the world's leading manufacturers of processes and equipment for the PCB and General Metal Finishing industries. Based in Berlin, Germany, Atotech employs about 3,200 people in more than 35 countries.

Source: BASF


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