BASF Corporation

26701 Telegraph Rd.
Southfield, MI 48033 US

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For over 30 years BASF has been manufacturing high performance cathodic electrocoats. In 1974 BASF provided the paint for the first cathodic E-coating line in Europe. Immediately following, BASF successfully introduced cathodic E-coating to the European automotive industry. BASF launched the first lead free Electrocoat tank for commercial vehicles at Volvo - North America in 1995. BASF was the first Electrocoat supplier in North America to be completely lead free. Since the year 2000 BASF has launched over 40 new Electrocoat tanks in North America. BASF offers OEM customers and their Tier suppliers measurable economies of scale and single-source efficiency. BASF is the world's leading chemical company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. To learn more about BASF Corporation please visit www.basf.com/usa.

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BASF/Chemetall Gardo Etch and Tech Cool etching products

Acid Etch Creates Decorative Matte Finish on Aluminum
Chemetall says Gardo Etch 8315/8316 produces this finish at lower temperatures with less metal removal than alkaline etch products.

Chemetall metalworking fluids

Fluids Provide Corrosion Protection in Metalworking Applications
Chemetall’s Tech Cool 35058 metalworking fluid is designed for applications that require a superior micro-finish on ferrous alloys, low- and high-carbon steels, titanium, molybdenum, and tough alloys. Tech Cool 35037 is a general-purpose fluid developed for applications on aluminum and copper alloys.

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Mobility, Human Needs Inspire BASF Automotive Color Trends
As innovations such as artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and robotic industrialization take hold, the return to the human element becomes increasingly important, the company says. Designers at its BASF Coatings division translated these observations into a collection of 65 colors for automotive surfaces.

How to Determine Dry Film Density
Simply put, dry film density is just the mass of the dry paint film divided by the volume of the dry paint film, says BASF’s Tim December.

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Thin-Film Technology Powers Wisconsin Powder Coater
Basic American Medical Products uses a phosphorus-free pretreatment to improve first-pass-product yield and performance durability.

1940 Ford Convertible, “Lucille,”

BASF Color Ideation Vehicle Wins Big at Goodguys Del Mar
“Lucille,” a 1940 Ford convertible, was unveiled at the 2017 SEMA Show and is coated with BASF Glasurit 55 Line in the custom color “Glasurit Cabernet, Goolsby Edition,” which builder Jonathan Goolsby developed through BASF Color Ideation.

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BASF Sponsors Automobile Design Competition
Introduced in 2012, Detroit’s Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment is considered the “Fight Club of Design,” an underground, automotive industry event developed to identify emerging talent in car design.

Chemetall executives awarded Airbus SQIP award

Chemetall Earns 4th Consecutive Airbus SQIP Award
This “Accredited Supplier” status acknowledges sustained quality and delivery performance, strong continuous improvement, and a customer-oriented approach, the company says.

BASF CathoGuard 500 electrocoat

Ecoat Process Designed for Optimal Edge Coverage, Throw Power
At Ecoat18, BASF will highlight its CathoGuard 500 electrocoat technology, designed for outstanding edge coverage, superior throw power and smooth film appearance.

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BASF Coatings Supplies New Belarus Auto Plant for BelGee
The BelGee Belarusian site currently has capacity to produce 60,000 car bodies a year, with the option to expand.

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BASF Supports Young Spray Coaters as a WorldSkills Sponsor
The WorldSkills Competition took place in the Middle East for the first time, in Abu Dhabi, where about 1,200 young people demonstrated their skills in 51 individual competitions.

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University of Colorado Students Win Annual BASF Science Competition
The challenge for this year’s competition was to create a superior finish on carbon fiber composites, which is used in vehicles to improve fuel efficiency.

BASF lines up paint panel samples for review before receiving GM Global Refinish Approval. 

BASF Refinish Coatings Receives GM Global Refinish Approval
BASF Corp. Refinish Coatings has received General Motors Global Refinish approval for its Glasurit and R-M paint brands.

How to Liquid Coat Carbon Fiber Composite Panels
Q. I am trying to liquid coat a carbon fiber composite panel. The panels look good hot out of the oven, but after cooling I am getting readthrough of the fibers. What’s causing this appearance loss? Liquid coating expert Donald Campbell has the answer. 

BASF Invests $40 Million in Automotive Coatings in North America
The investments add capacity to the company’s production plants in Greenville, Ohio, and Tultitlan, Mexico.

How to Solve Filiform Corrosion Issues When Spraying on Aluminum Alloy
Q. We are spraying on an aluminum alloy and are having problems with aluminum filiform corrosion. Can you help me understand what is causing this?

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BASF R-M Paint Featured on Covestro Concept Electric Car
The orange color was a specially developed paint formulation by the color and design experts at BASF’s Coatings division and its R-M refinish paint brand.

Anodic Versus Cathodic Electrodeposition
To keep the chemistry of these two processes straight, first consider the metal part you are coating. In cathodic electrocoat, the part is the cathode and in anodic electrocoat, the part is the anode. Follow the four E’s of the electrocoat process to keep track of the major process steps: electrolysis, electrophoresis, electrodeposition and electroendosmosis.

BASF Acquiring Surface Treatment Provider Chemetall
BASF to acquire Albemarle’s global surface treatment business for is $3.2 billion; transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and is expected to close by= end of 2016.

BASF Wins 2015 Nissan Award
BASF received the Nissan “Spirit of Monozukuri” award at the annual conference in Tennessee.

First-Ever, All-Black Yacht Made Possible by Automotive Coatings
BASF says that fashion house Hugo Boss was determined to turn heads with a state-of-the art yacht that perfectly embodied their brand.

Product Categories of BASF Corporation

Chemical Coatings
Coatings, Electrocoatings
Coatings, High Solids
Coatings, Strippable Plastic
Coatings, Waterborne
Paint, Electrocoating
Resins, Paint & Powder Coating