AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – AkzoNobel Automotive Plastic Coatings (APC) has garnered a win for its primerless waterborne basecoat system. Daimler Benz has approved the system for use on plastic bumpers and rocker panels produced by China-based supplier JJ/Minghua. According to AkzoNobel APC’s Director of Marketing & Sales, Thierry Paulhan, Daimler set the bar quite high with its strongly stated preference for a two-layer coating system consisting of a waterborne basecoat and clearcoat. AkzoNobel APC is the first coatings supplier to win approval of a primerless system.