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BASF's Eco-friendly CathoGuard® 800 E-coating Provides a Tin-free Automotive Coating

Published on 2012-06-27. Author : SpecialChem

DETROIT/MÜNSTER -- CathoGuard® 800 is BASF's latest e-coat technology for OEM car manufacturers. Because CathoGuard 800 is tin-free and contains less solvent the technology is considered to be environmentally friendly, a key attribute of products used by automakers. General Motors (GM) has transitioned to BASF's CathoGuard 800 cathodic e-coat at its plants throughout the world - including in Russia, China, Brazil and North America, helping the automaker to realize the benefits of the technology in all regions.

Joe Schmondiuk, BASF, Vice President, Global Accounts OEM Coating Solutions, stated: "I'm especially pleased that GM has changed to CathoGuard 800 all over the world. It demonstrates the way we work together to advance sustainable solutions." E-coating is a process in which the car body moves through an e-coat bath, where paint particles are deposited on the steel panels with the aid of an electric current. This coating layer protects the car from corrosion. CathoGuard 800 not only guarantees ideal protection for the metal, but is also especially sustainable. The fact that the technology contains less than one percent solvents makes it very environmentally friendly. In addition, it is tin-free and, as such, already complies with future European environmental legislation. Additionally, the product's exceptional throw power provides outstanding e-coat coverage and corrosion protection for the hard to reach cavities in the vehicle.

GM initiated the changeover to CathoGuard 800 in 2009. SGM Yantai III in China is the most recent plant to implement the changeover in 2012. This makes a total of eleven plants at which GM bodies will be taking an environmentally friendlier bath.

BASF and General Motors are connected by a long standing partnership. For instance, BASF recently received the "GM Global Supplier of the Year Award for 2011," the eighth time it has been awarded the coveted distinction by General Motors in the past ten years. BASF was named Supplier of the Year for its outstanding performance as a global paint supplier to General Motors.

About BASF Coatings

The Coatings Division of the BASF Group develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. Coatings and paints from BASF protect surfaces and give them color and luster. Their aim is to meet the highest technical and qualitative demands in an aesthetic and environmentally friendly manner. They combine extraordinary design with functionality.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011. 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 their 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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