BASF opens a new laboratory for the development of automotive refinishing

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BASF announced the opening of a new laboratory building for the development of automotive refinish coatings and innovations beyond paint at its site in Münster, Germany, underscoring the Coatings division’s global position as a as an innovative and forward-looking company.

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The new laboratory building Munster, Germany

“It’s another part of our positioning as BASF Coatings’ global innovation hub,” said Uta Holzenkamp, ​​Head of BASF’s Coatings Division. “We thus complete a series of global technical innovations. This includes the “Lean Lab”, which we started operating in 2018 on this site, as well as our film functionalization plant for various industries. »

With its new building, BASF Coatings contributes to BASF’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“The lab building is an important milestone for the development and formulation of sustainable product solutions,” said Chris Titmarsh, Head of EMEA Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions. “This includes our range of state-of-the-art waterborne Glasurit 100 Line and RM AGILIS topcoats. With the lowest Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) value on the market, these are the most environmentally friendly automotive refinish paint lines available.

In addition to manufacturing sustainable products, the site continuously invests in more efficient use of energy for production and increases the use of renewable energy. The new laboratories are supplied with thermal energy using waste heat from the company’s waste incinerator, which is returned by underfloor heating. Since the beginning of the year, the electricity purchased at the BASF Coatings sites in Münster and Würzburg, Germany, has been produced 100% environmentally friendly from wind energy. Compared to the previous year, around 4,000 tonnes of CO2 will be saved in Münster alone.

The laboratory building, featuring a façade designed in six different grey-blue shades that change depending on perspective and daylight, creates future-oriented workplaces. The innovative layout of laboratories, warehouses, offices and meeting rooms enables a whole new form of agile collaboration that aims to promote not only efficiency and effectiveness, but also overall collaboration and creativity.

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