Jim Kendall, vice president of BASF’s Industrial Coatings group, said the move is needed “to enhance our cost competitiveness to secure our business’s long-term viability.” He said the company determined it can supply coil coatings to North American customers with one less manufacturing site. BASF’s Industrial Coatings group also operates production facilities in Batavia, IL; Decatur, AL; Colton, CA; and Chicopee, MA. The group is part of BASF’s Coatings and Colorants Division, headquartered in Southfield, MI.
Separately, BASF Coatings AG and NOF Corp. of Japan announced the launch of a 50/50 joint-venture company that will combine the two companies’ coatings activities in Japan. The venture company, BASF NOF Coatings Co. Ltd., is scheduled to become operational on Oct. 1, and will include automotive OEM and industrial coatings, the companies said.