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BASF Coatings S.A. honored by Ford España S.A. with the "Q1 Preferred Quality Status" Award

Published on 2004-11-02. Author : SpecialChem

Guadalajara/Muenster -- BASF Coatings S.A. has been awarded the "Q1 Preferred Quality Status" prize by Ford España S.A. To celebrate this event, the company organized festivities attended by its own employees and by representatives of Ford España S.A., government officials from the region and media representatives.

Ford uses an extensive auditing process to identify the suppliers which are to receive this award. It recognizes companies which consistently maintain an exemplary quality level, along the entire supply chain - from materials design, support during line production and on through to customer service, and that while meeting rigid standards and specifications which demand superb performance.

Participation in the Ford Q1 program is in the interest of ongoing improvement in the performance of Ford's suppliers in terms of quality, costs and scheduling, all along the supply chain.

Close cooperation

At the very start of its relationship with Ford's Spanish operations, BASF Coatings Group played in 1976 a decisive part when production of the Fiesta model started at the Valencia plant. The painting line at the Valencia plant was brought up to quality standards which are among the highest to be found anywhere in the Ford Group.

Thanks to its close cooperation with the customer and its international presence as a first-tier Ford supplier for various plants - at Saarlouis in Germany, for Land Rover in England and in Valencia since May 2003 - BASF Coatings is fully familiar with Ford's products and procedures.

BASF Coatings S.A. in Guadalajara

BASF Coatings S.A. is the Spanish subsidiary of BASF Coatings AG, Germany, the parent company where the global activities of the BASF Group in the field of paints and industrial coatings are brought together. BASF Coatings S.A. goes back to the highly renowned Urruzola S.A. which, ever since its founding in 1867, had been a major player in the paint market. In 1969 the BASF Group acquired Urruzola S.A. and thus strengthened its position in the developing Spanish market for coatings.

The BASF Coatings Group makes use of advanced research and development centers in Europe, North America, South America and Japan. The assignment there is continuous research and development for new technologies. The objectives of these efforts include improvements in environmental protection and reductions in airborne solvent emissions by using water-based and high-solids paint systems. Other goals are to reduce energy consumption while cutting processing times by employing integrated, high-efficiency painting techniques.

Active on five continents, the BASF Coatings Group is one of the leading companies worldwide and drives as a pioneer rapid technological changes in this market. BASF Coatings S.A. assumes this leadership role in the Spanish market. Thus it is a reliable partner to its customers. That is why BASF Coatings S.A. is seen as a preferred supplier to modern industry and innovation leader in the coatings sector. It is the partner of the industry which will keep its customers on the road to success also in the future.

The business activities at BASF Coatings S.A., with its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Guadalajara, are focused on the production of coatings for those industries which impose the most stringent technological requirements. The most important business sectors are automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinish paints and industrial coatings. The company brings its extensive potential fully to bear in these strategic sectors, using its experience and expertise to develop innovative solutions and products in line with customer needs.

The company has one of Europe's most modern and best designed paint manufacturing facilities. With total available floor space of more than 300,000 square meters, existing plants occupy 150,000 square meters, divided among the various production facilities: resin plant, paint factory, facilities for the production of large batches and clearcoat plant. A wide variety of industrial processes transpires here. They are used to produce the coatings and extend from the company's own resin production to manufacture of the finished products. The plant is equipped with the most advanced technical resources in order to achieve this ambitious goal. Computer-aided process control and monitoring, the integrated raw materials and products handling system and the automatic dispensing, filling and palletizing systems are expressions of the industrial philosophy employed here. Since 2000 BASF Coatings S.A. has its own marketing company in Lisbon, Portugal.

As the technological leader and partner to the most demanding industries, BASF Coatings S.A. is active in the fields of automotive OEM coatings (cathodic e-coats, primer surfacers, topcoats and clearcoats), automotive suppliers (primers, topcoats and clearcoats for plastics, metals and hang-on parts), in automotive refinish paints for aftermarket repairs (body fillers, primers, filler surfacers and topcoats), in products for commercial vehicles (manufacturers of coaches, trucks, trailers, rail vehicles and fleet operators), in the wood industry (wood treatment and furniture production) and in a broad range of other industries where comprehensive, high-quality, high-performance paint systems are required.

BASF Coatings S.A. sees technological innovation, quality and health and environmental protection as the pillars of its business activities. The company is ISO 9001 certified (initially in 1994), and has been certified to QS 9000 and ISO TS 16949 (since 2000). In 1999 it received the ISO 14001 environmental protection certificate. All these attest to the high standards maintained in the quality assurance system, which is authoritative in every area of company activity.

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 about 2.0 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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