Shanghai, China — BASF Shanghai Coatings, a joint venture between BASF and Shanghai Huayi, has opened a new automotive coatings plant in Shanghai.
The EUR50m (US$67.2m) venture will include an off gas treatment and ventilation system to remove VOC from the extraction system and allow for its safe discharge into the atmosphere, the company said in a press release.
The site has also been specially designed to handle ingredients in closed systems.
BASF research executive director Andreas Kreimeyer said the investment “signifies our commitment to our automotive customers and to supporting the dynamic growth of China’s automotive market.”
The company’s auto coatings processes – in which between 15 and 25m2 of car components are coated – use polyurethane primer, a polymer applied at 30µm thickness and also in the basecoat, which has a thickness of 15µm.
In 2013, BASF companies in Asia Pacific posted sales of EUR11.7bn. Income from operations (EBIT) before special items amounted to EUR842m.