Got it: BASF announces new Electronic Coatings Research Center

Muenster-Hiltrup, Germany –BASF has inaugurated a new research center at its German headquarters, where the coatings company will study the use of e-coat to “simulate [its] customer paint processes and systems” to paint pre-treated OE parts like doors, fenders and hoods.

The electrophoretic or cathodic coating (e-coat) process protects the surfaces, edges and cavities of a car body from corrosion and evens out the roughness of pre-treated metal surfaces, “providing the optimum base for the application of paint coats. following,” says the BASF definition.

The process uses a 2,000 liter soak tank. The pieces are then fired in a chamber kiln.

“We can make sure that [our] coating quality is at a very high level immediately after switching to a new e-coat material and meeting customer specifications,” said Frank Naber, Head of Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions, EMEA Business Unit for BASF.

This facility prioritizes the development of CathoGuard 800 e-coat technology which utilizes low solvent organic tin compounds for material stability, body protection and a more sustainable production process that reduces the amount of contamination. wastewater generated.

“The health and safety of our colleagues is particularly important to us at BASF,” said Mathias Schöttke, Managing Director of BASF. “That’s why, during the planning phase, we not only placed high priority on the quality and efficiency of the coating process, but also on ergonomics and work safety right from the start. “

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