BASF to Double Refinish Coatings Unit in China
BASF is doubling capacity for auto refinish coatings with a new facility for automotive refinish coatings at its dedicated coatings site in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, South China. The additional tonnage will be available from the first half of 2022.
According to BASF, the Guangdong facility offers a comprehensive portfolio of automotive paints and solutions for commercial vehicles. Together, its brands offer a full system of refinish coatings solutions, including basecoats, topcoats, putty, primer, fillers, toners, clearcoats, hardeners, thinners, additives for accelerated drying and blenders.
Acquired from a local family business in 2016, BASF Coatings (Guangdong) is the German group’s first automotive refinish coatings production site in Asia. Over the past three years, site has been supported by continuous investments in environment, health and safety, product quality, research and development as well as people, BASF said.
Following the acquisition, BASF established a technology hub in Jiangmen, focusing on color technology and the development of sustainable high-performance products for the refinish and commercial transportation segments in Asia Pacific.
In recognition of its sustainability record, the group was recognized by the local Environmental Protection Bureau of Jiangmen as a “Green Brand” in October 2018 – the only chemical producer to achieve the status last year.
NORBIN 66, BASF’s new water-borne technology, has helped customers in the Value-for-Money refinish to achieve higher performance and be more environmentally friendly, said Patrick Zhao, senior vice president, BASF Coatings Solutions Asia Pacific.