BASF expands automotive coatings capacity in ChinaShanghai, China -- BASF Shanghai Coatings Co. Ltd is investing in a new base coat plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai, China. The will increase local capacity for base coat by 13.5 kilotonnes per annum.
BASF said the expansion is an important step in strengthening its position as a leading coatings supplier to the automotive industry in China. Base coat gives colour to and determines the visual impression made by the painted car body.
Production is planned to start in the first half of 2014.
It will be designed according to the latest and most environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and technologies.
BASF Shanghai Coatings is a joint venture with 15 years of successful partnership between BASF and Shanghai Coatings Co. Ltd. The joint venture is already running a facility in the district of Minhang in Shanghai.
"In China, BASF has been supplying coatings reliably to international and domestic car makers for more than 15 years … [and has] witnessed how China has become a world leader in automotive production," said Peter Fischer, senior vice president, Coatings Solutions Asia Pacific at BASF, in the announcement.
Fischer noted that BASF's investment in more local coatings facilities reflects the group's commitment to meeting the needs of automotive customers in China.
BASF says it is the coatings supplier who introduced waterborne base coats to China in 2005.