BASF Opens Automotive Coatings Plant in Shanghai

BASF’s Coatings division has inaugurated a world-scale automotive coatings plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Caojing, Shanghai, China. The €140 million project is an extension of the existing automotive coatings plant, a joint venture between BASF and Shanghai Huayi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. According to BASF, this expansion will further enhance the company’s local production and better serve the growing automotive market in China and Asia Pacific.

The facility will be a production hub for solventborne and waterborne coatings, closely connected to the company’s existing infrastructure for automotive coatings, resins, and electrocoat production as well as R&D laboratories. “With the addition of this new automotive coatings plant to our production cluster in SCIP, we have further strengthened our local production capacity to support our customer industries,” said Stephan Kothrade, president, Functions Asia Pacific and president & chairman of Greater China, BASF.

“Our solutions are researched in our labs, simulated and tested in our spray booths and application centers, and finally produced at our new plant. In this way, we combine the scientific research power of our Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Shanghai with close proximity to our customers,” said Peter Fischer, senior vice president, Coatings Solutions Asia Pacific, BASF.

The automotive coatings plant will produce thinners, primers, clearcoats, and waterborne basecoats. BASF stated that it will be supported by a new automotive application center providing automotive manufacturers access to advanced R&D facilities, including a 3-D robot for coatings application at the BASF Innovation Campus Asia Pacific (Shanghai), by end of 2018.