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BASF Sets Up a Coatings Technical Support Lab in India for Innovative Coatings Solutions

Published on 2012-05-31. Author : SpecialChem

MANGALORE, India -- Taking another stride towards developing India as an international competence center, legacy BASF Coatings (India) Private Limited (which subsequently merged with BASF India Limited with effect from 14th January, 2011) has set up a new Coatings technical support lab at Mangalore, India. This new facility at Mangalore will support lab activities including product development, analytical testing, certification and new pigment qualification, catering to the Coatings customers of BASF outside of India.

Mr. Prasad Chandran, Chairman, BASF Companies in India & Head South Asia, said, "India will continue to be a thriving market for automotive coatings. BASF's operations have the quality and potential for sustainable growth: a qualified and committed team, state-of-the-art operations, a favorable cost structure and strong customer focus within an overall favorable business environment." "We believe this technical support lab will benefit our customers significantly and naturally be important for BASF to accomplish its own business objectives, globally. The team in India is well- prepared to take on the additional responsibilities and assume the role of an international technical competence center," he added.

The Technical Support Lab will add to the core competencies that legacy BASF Coatings (India) Private Limited has already set up at the Mangalore site. Over the past years, BASF has put in place various state-of-the-art equipment, which offers both manufacturing and technical services.

"The establishment of the new Technical Support Lab is an important step to further strengthen the international technical network in BASF's Coatings business. As the demand for innovative solutions grows, we are convinced that innovation competence combined with world-class service will be the key enabler in the Indian market to support our customers even better," remarked Peter Fischer, Senior Vice President, Coatings Solutions Asia Pacific.

The Mangalore site is BASF's largest manufacturing site in India and in South Asia. Operational since 1996, it is currently engaged in the production of performance chemicals, dispersions and paper chemicals, automotive coatings, coil coatings and construction chemicals. The site is well equipped with modern facilities including a waste water treatment plant and an Incinerator. The Mangalore site is certified with ISO 9001- Quality management system & ISO 14001- Environmental management system by an International certifying authority.

About BASF Coatings

BASF Coatings develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. BASF has significant market positions in the Coatings sector in Europe, North America, South America and the Asia Pacific region. In 2011 BASF Coatings achieved global sales of 2.8 billion Euros.

About BASF in India

BASF has successfully partnered India's progress for over a century. Today, their portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, functional solutions to agricultural solutions. With their innovative products and solutions, they are well positioned to meet the current and the future needs of India. They create chemistry for a sustainable future by balancing their business, ecological and social goals. In 2011, BASF in India registered sales of €1.2 billion. On the ecological front, they have a robust Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) policy in line with global standards. On the social front, they focus on contributing to the society with initiatives around relief and rehabilitation, women empowerment, education and improving governance standards in India BASF in India has 2070 employees, 9 production sites and 2 R&D centers that work closely with BASF's Global Technology platform.

About BASF

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. They combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation they enable their customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Their products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. They have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year.

Source: BASF

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