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SHANGHAI/SOUTHFIELD, MI – BASF Shanghai Coatings Co. Ltd. has broken ground on a new automotive coatings plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai, China. The production facility is scheduled to start operation in early 2014. It complements the company’s existing plant in Shanghai, which has been operating for more than 15 years.

“As the demand for mobility grows, so does the demand for highly efficient, sustainable solutions for the automotive industry. This investment helps demonstrate BASF’s commitment to addressing these needs and supporting the dynamic growth of China’s automotive industry as the number-one supplier from the chemical industry,” said Dr. Albert Heuser, President Asia Pacific of BASF.

BASF Shanghai Coatings Co. Ltd. is a joint venture between BASF (China) Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Coatings Co. Ltd.