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BASF launches first biomass balance automotive coatings in China

BASF’s ColorBrite Airspace Blue ReSource basecoat, certified by REDcert² according to a biomass balance approach, recently made its debut in China.

This is the first time BASF’s biomass balance automotive OEM coatings have been introduced to Asia since the official launch in Europe this May.

The first batch of ColorBrite Airspace Blue ReSource basecoat were delivered to a customer in China. According to BASF, this basecoat product enables around 20 per cent reduction in product carbon footprint.

Being part of the biomass balance version of BASF’s ColorBrite waterborne basecoat portfolio, ColorBrite ReSource adds a reduced carbon footprint without the need to alter the product’s formulation and performance.

BASF has also received the biomass certification for its resins plant in Caojing, as well as its paint manufacturing sites in Minhang and Caojing operated by BASF Shanghai Coatings Co., Ltd.

With this certification, BASF has the capability to provide its customers in China a comprehensive range of biomass balance certified automotive coatings solutions using materials derived from renewable raw materials.

“Replacing fossil-based feedstock with renewable raw materials through BASF’s biomass balance approach symbolises our pledge to helping our customers achieve their carbon emission targets while retaining the same high quality and performance of the product,” said Jack Zou, vice president, automotive OEM coatings solutions Asia Pacific, BASF.

“The biomass balance approach certification for our sites in China reinforces our commitment of being an industry leader in driving sustainability and innovation,” he added.