The Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s Coatings Division, operating under the Chemetall brand, celebrated the inauguration of its surface treatment production site in Pinghu City, Zhejiang Province, China. Spanning 60,000 square meters, the Pinghu site is BASF’s first production site located in the Dushan Port Economic Development Zone and its largest surface treatment site globally.

“Asia-Pacific is the world’s fastest growing surface treatment market, and China accounts for approximately 50% of the market in Asia,” said Christophe Cazabeau, senior vice president, Surface Treatment, Coatings Division, BASF. “We believe the China market will show attractive growth rates in the medium to long term.”

According to the company, the Pinghu site was designed as a smart factory to enable a high level of process automation and end-to-end digitalization of the site operations for high efficiency in manufacturing and site logistics. The new site will produce applied surface treatment products for various market segments including automotive OEM and components, coil, general industry, cold forming, aerospace, aluminum finishing and glass.