BASF and Nissan Announce Streamlined Processes

BASF and Nissan Announce Streamlined Processes 
BASF Becomes Main Supplier of Innovative Technology in Smyrna, TN;
Close Partnership in Emerging Markets: China and India 
MUENSTER, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/09/13 --  BASF has expanded
its partnership with Nissan, now also supplying the automaker with
coatings and paints for the Pathfinder and Infiniti models at its
Smyrna plant in Tennessee, USA. BASF supplies Nissan with coating
solutions from e-coat and basecoat to clearcoat. BASF is also working
on more streamlined technologies with Nissan in emerging markets such
as China.  
"Nissan is a successful global company. They are a very important
customer for us, with whom we have been working closely for a long
time," explains Laurent Vaucenat, Global Account Manager for Nissan
at BASF's Coatings Division. "Innovative solutions and services as
well as our leading-edge technologies have convinced Nissan to extend
their collaboration with us in Smyrna now, too." Especially the 3 Wet
waterborne coating technique, which is used in Smyrna, but also for
example in Huadu (China) played a major part.  
The most notable advantage of the 3 Wet waterborne system is the
elimination of one drying phase. Previously, car bodies required two
30-minute rounds in the drying oven, after application of the primer,
and the basecoat/clearcoat. In the new method these three layers are
applied wet-on-wet, and then subsequently dried. This shortened
process leads to shorter production time, less energy consumption,
streamlined paint lines and -- above all -- lower emissions.  
BASF is the unique supplier of "sprayables" (primer, basecoats and
clearcoats) for Nissan European production sites; Sunderland
(England), St Petersburg (Russia) and Barcelona (Spain). "We are
where our customers are. This is why we are increasingly expanding
our presence in growing markets like China," says Vaucenat. There,
BASF supplies Nissan's Huadu plant.  
BASF also has long-standing supply relationships with Nissan in Japan
and India. In 2012, the close partnership resulted in an award from
Zhengzhou Nissan Auto Co., Ltd., honoring BASF with the "Excellent
R&D Supplier Award" for the excellent quality in the supply of
environmentally friendly car paint. 
About BASF Coatings 
 BASF Coatings develops, produces and markets a
high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive
refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. BASF
has significant market positions in the Coatings sector in Europe,
North America, South America and the Asia Pacific region. In 2011
BASF Coatings achieved global sales of 2.8 billion Euros. The
internet address of BASF Coatings is You can
download a copy of BASF customer magazine Coatings Partner from 
About BASF
 BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The
Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics,
performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We
combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental
protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in
almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of
society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving
resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve
the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our
corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF
posted sales of about EUR 73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than
111,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded
on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich
(AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at 
For more information contact:
Susan Jackson
BASF Corporation
Tel: (248) 304-5413
Marco Benen
Tel: +49 2501 14-2040
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