China: Coatings BASF Builds Surface Treatment Production Site
The Surface Treatment global business unit of the Coatings division of BASF, operating under the Chemetall brand, invests in a state-of-the-art surface treatment site in the Dushan Port Economic Development Zone of Pinghu, Zhejiang province, China.
Ludwigshafen/Germany — The site, which is planned to be completed by 2021, will house production, warehousing, a state-of-the-art laboratory and administrative offices. In a statement, the company announced that this investment would strengthen Chemetall’s position in China to deliver high level of service and quality solutions. The site is ideally located at the Dushan Port Economic Development Zone of Pinghu, which provides excellent infrastructure to this project.
Asia Pacific is the largest surface treatment market. Martin Jung, Senior Vice President, Surface Treatment, said that for Chemetall, a strong local presence in China was key to servicing customers and delivering on the ‘expect more’ brand commitment to deliver the best customized solutions in the surface treatment industry. The investment will create Chemetall’s most comprehensive site globally and enhance customer support and supply chain to China, he added. The investment contributed to the expansion of a broad global portfolio across multiple segments, with quality and environmentally-friendly products and system solutions for diverse market segments. These segments include automotive, auto components, coil, general industry, cold forming, aerospace, aluminum finishing and glass.
BASF’s Coatings division has frequently invested in China, especially in Shanghai, to further enhance its proximity to customers in the fastest growing region for automotive coatings solutions, the company stted. Examples are the first regional Automotive Application Center in Asia Pacific at the company's Innovation Campus Shanghai as well as a world-scale production facility which supports the growing Chinese automotive industry.