SOUTHFIELD, MI – BASF has announced that it will participate in the 2009 SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) World Congress, April 20-23, at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI. BASF is organizing and chairing a coatings technical session at the SAE World Congress on April 20. The session is titled "Advances in OEM Topcoat Testing" and will contain presentations from Mark Nichols of Ford Motor Co., Jeffrey Quill of Q-Lab, Karen Henderson of Bayer and John Boisseau of BASF.
“BASF is very honored to chair this first-ever coatings technical session at the SAE World Congress 2009,” said Dan Wright, Product Marketing Manager, BASF Automotive Coatings Solutions, and Chair of the 2009 SAE Coatings Technical Session. “We strongly support SAE’s desire to become more involved with engineered coatings.”
BASF supplies automotive coatings to most major OEMs and automotive refinish coatings to the collision repair and automotive refinish industries.
This new coatings session will address items critical to automotive OEM topcoat durability. Presentations will involve of both OEM practitioners and topcoat suppliers. Topics to be addressed include flaws in accelerated OEM topcoat testing, the importance of water in the weathering of automotive coatings, acid etch testing improvements and new accelerated weathering testing.
In addition, researchers from N.E. Chemcat will present two papers at the SAE World Congress. A long-standing partner in Japan with BASF Catalysts, N.E. Chemcat is the country's leading producer of catalysts based on precious metals. The first paper shows research for development of high-performance catalysts using design at the atomic level. The second paper describes mobile emissions from alternative fuels. This study compared emissions from a bio-fuel (palm oil methyl ester) to those from standard diesel fuel. The bio-fuel showed significantly lower particulate matter emissions compared to diesel fuel.