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BASF Supports Sustainable Success of Young Spray Painters at WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi

Participants exclusively worked with products from BASF's Glasurit refinish brand.

Identifying the exact color code, mixing paint to match the original color and shade, preparing the car body, and finally applying the coating – at the 44th edition of WorldSkills, the world championship of apprenticeships, 26 spray painters proved that automotive refinishing is a highly complex trade.


During the finals in Abu Dhabi, the participants in the Car Painting category presented their skills to a professional jury which was impressed by the accuracy and technical know-how of the finalists. After an exciting competition, the gold medal went to Yingcheng Jiang from China. Silver went to Daryl Head from the UK while Maurus von Holzen from Switzerland, Jonas Heinze from Germany and Enzo Barragato from France won bronze medals.

For BASF's (No. 25 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) Coatings division, a global sponsor of WorldSkills, the competition is an ideal opportunity to support the next generation of automotive refinishers. It is one of numerous contributions to make young talents excited about the spraypainting profession.

Another way to support the education of spray painters is BASF's global STAMPP program, an internationally standardized one-year training for new automotive refinishing technicians, conducted in partnership with selected vocational schools and body shops. The success of the program was demonstrated at WorldSkills as this year's gold medal winner, Yingcheng Jiang, studies at the Hangzhou Technician Institute in China, which introduced STAMPP in 2016.

Sustainable way of working honored

At the WorldSkills finals, all spray painters exclusively worked with products from the Glasurit portfolio, BASF's premium automotive refinish brand. Prior to the competition, they had been trained on how to use Glasurit and hence knew the benefits of the sustainable waterborne technology of 90 Line.

During the competition, the jury also paid close attention to how sustainable the participants' approach to each task was. For his performance, Maurus von Holzen from Switzerland received a special sustainability award because, among other things, he used less material than the other finalists.

René Lang, Vice President Sales Management Automotive Refinish EMEA at BASF's Coatings division, praised the participants' attitude towards sustainability: "For BASF and the Glasurit brand, education and environmentally friendly behavior go hand in hand. Only with the appropriate knowledge can we create awareness for the issue and make sustainable choices."

"By selecting the right products, reducing waste and re-using materials, young spray painters are in a position to combine ecological vision and economic success. We are proud that the participants not only presented their technical abilities during WorldSkills, but were also able to show that they understand the importance of a sustainable way of working," added Lang.

About BASF's Coatings division

The Coatings division of BASF is a global expert in the development, production and marketing of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM and refinish coatings, as well as decorative paints. We create advanced performance solutions and drive performance, design and new applications to meet our partners' needs all over the world. BASF shares skills, knowledge and resources of interdisciplinary and global teams for the benefit of customers by operating a collaborative network of sites in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. In 2016, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about €3.2 billion.

In 2016, BASF acquired Chemetall, a leading global supplier of applied surface treatments for metal, plastic and glass substrates in a wide range of industries and end markets. With this expansion in portfolio, BASF becomes a more complete solution provider for coatings.

Solutions beyond your imagination – Coatings by BASF. For more information about the Coatings division of BASF and its products, visit www.basf-coatings.com.

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BASF Introduces AUROOM, a Platform for the Digital Visualization of Automotive Exterior Colors

Virtual coatings including complex effects can immediately be mapped on any 3D geometry for color assessment.

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With AUROOM, BASF's Coatings division introduces a digital platform which enables OEM designers to access a database of photo-realistic virtual car colors. BASF's virtual colors capture all facets of automotive coatings including lightness flop, color flop and sparkling. By mapping these colors on car models, OEM designers can virtually paint every color proposal and gain realistic impressions of colors and effects on a complete car already in an early design phase. AUROOM will be a valuable tool for OEM designers to speed up and perfect the overall color design process as they are no longer solely dependent on physical samples that need to be painted and shipped. AUROOM provides further innovative features like real-time side by side comparison of different color shades of the same color group to make the right color decision easier.

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Workaround, ALBIS PLASTIC and BASF Optimize Smart Glove for Industrial Applications

ProGlove from Workaround makes scanning processes safer and more efficient.

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In close cooperation, Workaround GmbH, ALBIS PLASTIC GmbH and BASF have modified an important component of the smart glove ProGlove. After deep analysis, Ultramid Vision is now being used on the integrated scanning unit, allowing even simpler, quicker and safer work processes. The ProGlove is already in everyday use by leading branded manufacturers in the automotive, logistics and chemical sectors. The optimized version is now being presented to a wide specialist audience at Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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BASF Has Developed the World's First Particle Foam Based on Polyethersulfone

The foam, that is lightweight, stiff and strong, highly temperature resistant, intrinsically flame retardant, is suitable for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains.

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After two years of intensive research, BASF is now able to present prototypes of the world's first particle foam based on polyethersulfone (PESU). The foam is characterized by its unique combination of properties: high-temperature resistance, inherent flame retardancy - and its extreme light weight coupled with great stiffness and strength. It is therefore particularly well suited for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains, which require excellent mechanical properties together with the ability to withstand high operating temperatures or to meet stringent flame-retardant requirements. The expandable PESU granulate is pre-foamed into beads with low densities between 40 and 120 g/L and can be processed into molded parts with complex 3D geometries using technologies available on the market.

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BASF closes acquisition of vegetable seeds business from Bayer

It strengthens BASF's seed platform and complements the recently expanded Agricultural Solutions portfolio, which includes seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming.

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BASF closed the acquisition of Bayer's global vegetable seeds business, mainly operating under the brand Nunhems®. The transaction adds a well-recognized brand with a very successful business track record to BASF's portfolio. The acquired vegetable seeds business comprises 24 crops and about 2,600 varieties. It also includes well-established, strong R&D and breeding systems with over 100 unique breeding programs in more than 15 crops.

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BASF Receives NPA's Novel Ingredient and Science Award for its Portfolio of Natural Cosmetic Ingredients

NPA's Natural Standard and Certification for Personal Care Products is a set of guidelines that dictate whether a product can be deemed truly "natural", and comes to protect and educate consumers.

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The Natural Products Association (NPA) recognized BASF for having the largest selection of ingredients for cosmetic manufacturers who want to certify their products according to the NPA Natural Standard. The 25th Annual NPA Awards honors outstanding individuals and companies that have made valuable contributions to the success of the natural products industry.

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BASF advances capabilities in infant nutrition with launch of 2'- fucosyllactose

BASF has received EU Novel Food approval for 2'-FL and is currently supporting regulatory clearance to facilitate access to other key markets.

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Newtrition®, BASF's human nutrition brand, will launch 2'-fucosyllactose (2'-FL), a human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) for the infant nutrition market by early 2019. HMOs are a unique group of carbohydrates naturally found in human breast milk with 2'-FL being the most abundant.

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BASF Calls for Proposals: Inaugural Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge

The selected applicants will receive valuable insights on how BASF can support, collaborate, and partner at different stages of solution development; from ideation to prototyping, supply chain and commercialization.

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Newtrition®, BASF's human nutrition brand invites innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide to participate in the first-ever Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge. Co-hosted by Newtrition and BASF Venture Capital (BVC), the challenge is an opportunity for applicants to present breakthrough solutions for pressing health challenges to the jury that is composed of representatives from BVC, BASF Human Nutrition R&D, marketing and sales, as well as a panel of renowned professors at a one-day event in Singapore on October 8, 2018.

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BASF Submits Regulatory Dossiers for Two New Herbicide Active Ingredients

Global registration initiatives have started for herbicides Luximo™ and Tirexor.™

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BASF has started the global registration initiatives for two new herbicide active ingredients. The company submitted the regulatory dossier for Luximo™ herbicide in the European Union (EU) and in Australia and for Tirexor™ herbicide in Australia as well. These steps are important milestones in expanding BASF's global herbicide portfolio. The two compounds have demonstrated excellent performance against a broad range of difficult-to-control grasses and broadleaf weeds and are expected to help growers worldwide successfully safeguard their crops while managing the ongoing challenge of herbicide resistance.

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