BASF Coatings is expanding its production and laboratory capacities for the manufacture of eco-efficient waterborne coatings in Würzburg, Germany, in response to the growing demand in the European and Asian markets, especially from the automotive industry. In Münster-Hiltrup, Germany, BASF Coatings is also investing in the construction of a new polyurethane reactor to produce resins required for the manufacture of waterborne coatings. The combined investment, totaling around €29 million, is one of the largest in the company's history.

"The demand for waterborne coatings has distinctly increased, especially for plastic add-ion parts," said Thomas Krüger, site manager in Würzburg.

Besides extending the buildings for production and the application equipment, BASF Coatings is also modernizing and expanding the laboratory facilities in an effort to more rapidly develop and introduce new colors for plastic add-on parts. The activities in Würzburg are scheduled to begin this year.

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