The BMW Group is the first car manufacturer to rely on a more durable automotive OEM cover certified according to BASF’s organic balance system. The BMW Group has selected BASF Coatings’ CathoGuard 800 ReSource e-coats for use at Leipzig in Germany and Roselyn in South Africa and iGloss Matt Resources at Clearcott’s plant across Europe.
Using these more durable product versions for car coatings is able to avoid about 40% CO2 per coating level; It will reduce CO2 emissions from more than 15,000 metric tons of plants by 2030.
“As the largest supplier of chemical products in the automotive industry, we are aware of our responsibility to assist our customers with innovative, environmentally-friendly solutions. The organic matter balancing method allows us to make our coating solutions more sustainable while maintaining the same quality. We are delighted that the BMW Group has chosen to play a leading role in the automotive industry and our products play a key role in helping it achieve its ambitious sustainable goals, ”said Dr. Marcus Kamith, SE, Executive Member, BASF.
“By reducing our use of fossil raw materials, we can save natural resources and lower CO2 emissions at the same time. To achieve this, we are increasingly relying on sustainable innovation in our supplier network, “said Joachim Post, a member of BMW AG’s board of directors, responsible for purchasing and supplier networks. “Innovative paints based on renewable raw materials are an important step in this direction.”
The BMW Group manufactures an average of about 250,000 cars per year at its Leipzig and Roslin plants.
As a corrosion protection technology with optimal protection of the edges, the Cathogard 800 e-coat helps cars retain their shine for a long time. Its biomass-balanced version, the Cathogard 800 resource, adds a low-carbon footprint to the component efficiency of e-coat applications without changing product formulations.
In BASF’s biomass balancing system, renewable raw materials such as biomethane from bio-based naphtha and organic waste are used as raw materials in the manufacture of primary chemical products and are fed into production verband. The proportions of organic-based raw materials are then mathematically assigned to specific sales products according to a certified method.
This attribution model is comparable to the principle of green electricity. An independent certification confirms that BASF has replaced the amount of fossil resources required for bio-balanced products sold with renewable raw materials.