China: Additional Capacity BASF Expands Capacities for Automotive Refinish Coatings

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

BASF will continue to invest in its coatings site in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province in South China, by constructing a new facility for automotive refinish coatings that will start production in the first half of 2022.

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Groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the production at Jiangmen site, China
Groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the production at Jiangmen site, China
(Source: BASF Coatings)

Jiangmen/China — Acquired from a local family business in 2016, BASF Coatings is the Germany group’s first automotive refinish coatings production site in Asia. In the past three years, the site has become a world-class production facility, supported by continuous investments in environment, health and safety, product quality, research and development, as well as people. Zheng Daqing, Senior Vice President, Business and Market Development, BASF Greater China, emphasized that Guangdong Province was of strategic importance to the company in China. The investment in Jiangmen is to double the production capacity of the site, located in the fast-growing area of the Pearl River Delta.

The company has upgraded the production and environmental protection facilities to meet world-class standards. At the same time, they have enhanced the skillsets of the employees, with one focus being on environment, health and safety practices. The company's environmental contributions were recognized by the local Environmental Protection Bureau of Jiangmen: The company was named a “Green Brand” in October 2018. BASF was the only company in the chemical sector to achieve this status last year.

After the acquisition, the group established a technology hub in Jiangmen, focusing on color technology and the development of sustainable high-performance products for the refinish and commercial transportation segments in Asia Pacific.