Ludwigshafen, Germany / Hong Kong / Shanghai, China – December 8, 2016 – BASF today inaugurated BASF Coatings (Guangdong) Co., Ltd., its first automotive refinish manufacturing operation in Asia Pacific, located in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, China. The new entity was established with BASF’s acquisition of the automotive refinish coatings business of Guangdong Yinfan Chemistry Co., Ltd. “Yinfan”.
“With BASF Coatings (Guangdong) Co., Ltd., we are better positioned to tap the market potential by leveraging the well-established distribution network, technology, broaden product portfolio and unique industry expertise from BASF and legacy Yinfan, making our customers more successful,” said Stephan Kothrade, President Functions Asia Pacific and President & Chairman Greater China, BASF. The products manufactured at the state-of-the-art facility broaden BASF’s portfolio of successful global brands, especially in the rapidly expanding Value-for-Money segment. The new brands, including Yinfan®, Shancai® and Yindi®, complement BASF’s premium offer of refinish paint systems and services under the brands Glasurit®, R-M®, baslac® and NORBIN®.
China’s roads were home to around 172 million vehicles as of the end of 2015, and sales are expected to rise to 25 million vehicles per year through 2020. “With more cars on the road every day in this region, especially in China, there will be more drivers who need a range of quality options to repair scratches and scrapes. With this investment, we are serving that demand with an increased production footprint in emerging markets. The site, strategically located in China, will also serve as a technology and production hub to support our refinish business operations across the Asia Pacific region,” said Peter Fischer, Senior Vice President, Coatings Solutions Asia Pacific.
The manufacturing facility offers a comprehensive portfolio of automotive paints, along with other applications including buses and earth moving equipment. Together, these brands offer a full system of paint refinish solutions that include basecoats, topcoats, putty, primer, fillers, toners, clearcoats, hardeners, thinners, dry accelerate additives, and blenders.
About BASF’s Coatings division
The Coatings division of BASF is a global expert in the development, production and marketing of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM and refinish coatings, industrial coatings and decorative paints. We create advanced performance solutions and drive performance, design and new applications to meet our partners’ needs all over the world. BASF shares skills, knowledge and resources of interdisciplinary and global teams for the benefit of customers by operating a collaborative network of sites in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. In 2015, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about €3.2 billion.
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