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Engineering News-Records Honors Fluor's Contribution to BASF Plant as a Global Best

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BASF’s new automotive coatings plant in Caojing, China.
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BASF’s new automotive coatings plant in Caojing, China. (Source: Business Wire)

Engineering News-Record magazine has honored BASF’s new automotive coatings plant in Caojing, China with an Award of Merit in the 2018 Global Best Projects Awards. The project, which was recognized in the Power/Industrial category, was completed safely, on schedule and under budget, engineering partner Fluor announced.

Irving/USA — BASF’s new, state-of-the art facility produces thinners, primers, clear coats and waterborne basecoats for the Chinese automotive manufacturing market. According to Sandeep Nibber, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in Asia-Pacific, BASF’s state-of-the-art facility played a key role in the growing automotive market in China and Asia-Pacific.

Fluor provided front-end engineering and design, engineering, procurement and construction management on the project, which is an expansion of the existing facility. With a fast-track, 15-month construction schedule, the engineering services provider managed more than 1,200 craft workers at peak. The team of both companies maintained stringent quality standards during the project execution to ensure the quality of the coatings that will be produced in the facility. Working alongside the existing operating facility, the project team completed construction with no disruptions to operations.

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Engagement of the entire project team through daily safety meetings, hazard identification and mitigation, trainings and safety observations created a strong safety culture at the site. This culture resulted in more than 3.6 million work hours without a recordable or lost-time incident.

Engineering News-Record selected winning projects based on safety performance, innovations, overcoming challenges, and design and construction quality, with a focus on the global nature of the project. The project team was featured in the October 1, 2018, issue of Engineering News-Record and honored at an awards ceremony in New York City on October 2, 2018.

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