Graz, Austria-At the coating lines of Magna Steyr's Graz site, eight car models are each getting their own coat of paint at the same time: The Mercedes E-Class 4MATIC, Mercedes G-Class, Chrysler Voyager, Chrysler 300 C, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Commander, Saab 9.3 convertible, and the BMW X3 all leave production with an A1 paint job.
In 2005, a total of 230 070 vehicles left the coating lines there. It sounds routine, but for the paint experts at BASF Coatings it's anything but. "Here we find many customers with all kinds of specifications in the coating process under one roof. That requires us to have a wide range of knowledge about the specification of the cars being produced," says Klaus Steinwender, Account Manager for Magna Steyr, NedCar, Smart & Mitsubishi in BASF Coatings' Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions business.
The partnership between BASF Coatings and its customer Magna Steyr at the Graz site has been around for nearly three decades - 27 years to be exact. BASF Coatings has been a system supplier for four years, meaning that it is responsible for procuring all the materials required for surface coating. The "cost per unit system" is used for invoicing, which means that BASF Coatings is only paid for bodies with a paint job that's 100% okay.
Due to the close system partnership, Magna Steyr gives BASF Coatings the number of units of the individual models as a key and this is used to define the material consumption. The paints themselves come from Münster, Schwarzheide, and Würzburg. In total there are the specialist paints for the cathodic electrodeposition (CathoGuard 500 & 310), two primers, 55 basecoats, and three clearcoats currently in use.