Research & Innovation
Today, we are already shaping the market of tomorrow – with innovative coating solutions and product-oriented research. As part of BASF's global research network, at our Münster site we create synergies with other units and lay the foundation for sustainable growth.
Coatings have to unite a whole range of properties, such as iridescent colors that can be applied perfectly, are sustainable and long lasting. We already offer products with these features today, including our waterborne basecoats. But that's no reason for us to stand still. Quite the contrary: Our design teams create some 65 new colors a year that embody regional and global color trends of the future. We also set standards for color effects, as XSpark demonstrates. The sparkling basecoat containing glass particles has recently won the Red Dot Design Award in one of the most high-profile design competitions. But our paints offer more than meets the eye at first glance. In order for our coatings to retain their unique appearance as long as possible, we continuously work to improve their protection from UV radiation, temperature fluctuations and scratches. Our highly scratch-resistant iGloss clearcoat significantly reduces the number of microscratches such as those that occur at the carwash.
As with our coating solutions, we also focus on innovation and sustainability when it comes to our processes. We work on new, more energy-efficient application methods such as Integrated Process II and manufacture products to fit these methods. Furthermore, our New Business Development team is constantly on the lookout for new application opportunities for our coating-related know-how. After all, one thing is for certain: We are future-oriented and intend to stay that way.