SÃO, PAULO, Brazil/MÜNSTER, Germany – BASF’s Coatings division has been appointed the sole supplier of automotive coatings for the new plant of the Chinese automaker Chery in Jacarei, Brazil. The plant started operations in August 2014. Shades that BASF will supply are red, white, black, silver and gray. Both metal and plastic parts will be painted with BASF's technology. The supply agreement between BASF and Chery includes waterborne coatings and the cathodic e-coat CathoGuard® 800.

The cathodic e-coat is the first layer of the automotive paint system. CathoGuard 800 is in the market as an alternative to conventional products that often contain tin. The product has a low solvent content and provides material savings due to its high efficiency.

Earlier this year, BASF invested €2.5 million in its Demarchi Coatings site, located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, to expand its capacity to service Brazil’s automotive industry with waterborne automotive coatings.