BASF is going to expand its production capacity for waterborne coatings in the Demarchi Coatings Site, located in Sao Paulo state, Brazil. The €2 million investment will increase its capacity of both waterborne primer and basecoats. The expansion is expected to be finished in early 2014.
"Increasing waterborne coatings production capacity, we aim to meet our customers' demand, that has been driven by new automotive manufacturing plants in Brazil and also by the tendency for waterborne technology instead of solvent borne", said Antonio Carlos Lacerda, Senior Vice President of the Functional Solutions Segment and Infrastructure for BASF South America.
BASF is the pioneer in developing waterborne coatings for the automotive industry. This technology is eco-efficient because water replaces most of the organic solvents that are used in solvent borne coatings thus reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds.