FRANKFURT, Germany — The Surface Treatment business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, operating under the Chemetall brand, has received the European Supplier Award 2020 from Novelis. The award recognizes Chemetall for continuously pursuing excellence in quality as well as its expertise, reliability and professional services. The award, which was presented for the first time, was given out during a virtual ceremony.

By establishing the European Supplier Awards, Novelis strives to honor and foster its partnerships with suppliers, underlining its commitment to quality, sustainability and innovation as core values and drivers of business success.

Novelis, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a leading producer of flat-rolled aluminum products and reportedly the world's largest recycler of aluminum. Chemetall has maintained a long-term relationship with Novelis for more than 25 years, supplying Gardobond® and Permatreat® aluminum coil passivation technologies for the automotive industry as well as other surface treatment specialties.

“Chemetall has proven to be a first-choice supplier for Novelis. Day in, day out, our operators have used Chemetall’s pretreatments – and day in, day out, Chemetall has delivered the expected quality performance,” said Xavier Varone, Director Quality & Coil Industries Europe at Novelis. “The supplier award recognizes Chemetall for its outstanding quality and stability over the years. It is also a recognition of Chemetall’s commitment to develop excellent pretreatment in the market.”

Ulf Neidlein, Chemetall’s Vice President Surface Treatment EMEA and South America, is proud to have received this prestigious award. Neidlein said, “It is an acknowledgement of our customer centricity, reliability, and fast responsiveness, which form the core values of our dedication.” Marcus Schinzel, Chemetall’s Global Segment Manager Coil, added, “We are looking forward to continuing this successful partnership with Novelis to drive innovations and to deliver best-in-class quality standards.”

Novelis has evaluated more than 50 supplier partners across three categories in terms of sustainability, innovation and quality. With the European Awards, Novelis thanked its suppliers for their valued partnership and their extraordinary contribution to the business.

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