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BASF Inaugurated its Paint Application Center and Development Lab in Mexico

Published on 2012-07-05. Author : SpecialChem

TULTITLÁN -- Recently, BASF's Coatings group inaugurated its Paint Application Center and an extension of its Development Laboratory at the production site in Tultitlán, Mexico. It aims to strengthen the technical support for the automotive industry and to develop sustainable and customized coating materials and technologies. The new facility will support activities including technical service for basecoats, pigments and dispersions as well as the introduction of new colors.

Focused on sustained growth and innovation for the automotive market, the Coatings division in Mexico is of key importance to the North American Coatings division and its overall focus on serving the automotive market with world class products and services.

Juan Carlos Ordoñez, Senior Vice-President of Coatings for North America, emphasized : "The establishment of the facility is an important step to further strengthen our international technical network and the capability to support the business of our customers in North A merica. We also improve our ability to properly serve our customers in the growing automotive industry in Mexico."

With an investment of 10 Million US Dollars, the new facilities will offer best in class services for the dynamic and growing automotive industry. The investment includes a wet and dry laboratory, spray booths with two electrostatic and three manual functions, and a dispersions laboratory.

"Tultitlán is a key production site for Coatings in North America, and the new Application Centre labs further strengthen this position," noted Frank Hezel, Vice President, Business Management Coatings Solutions Mexico. Ralph Schweens, President of BASF in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean added: "We accomplished the project in a moment when many important investments were made in the Mexican automotive sector. With this investment we can offer to the growing market not only products, but whole solutions."

The presence of distinguished guests at the inauguration, such as the Secretary of Economic Development of the State of Mexico, Justino A. Mondragón and the Mayor for Tultitlán, José L. Pérez Cortés, underlined the importance of the project.

About BASF

The Coatings Division of the BASF Group develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes, industrial coatings and decorative paints. BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Worldwide, they help their customers to be more successful through intelligent system solutions and high-quality products. BASF has a major, global presence in the coatings sector.

Source: BASF

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