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RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of front-end modules

1 July 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some lightweight solutions fitted to front-end modules by Faurecia, BASF, Plastic Omnium and SABIC Innovative Plastics.


ANALYSIS: The challenge of vehicle lightweighting

12 January 2015

Vehicle designers and engineers are coming under unprecedented pressure to remove weight from vehicles wherever they can. As part of a new research project from just-auto/QUBE, Matthew Beecham considers aspects of the challenge to remove weight from vehicles.


COMMENT: Nylon 12 explosion causes global ripples?

26 April 2012

There seems to be a massive supplier storm brewing as the full impact of last month's huge explosion at Evonik's Nylon 12 resin plant in Germany starts to be felt.


Exhausts feature

3 August 2011

Exhaust sound used to be simply a by-product of engine and vehicle development, but for today's sports and luxury cars, it is a carefully-manipulated 'product' that must fit in with the car's character and the brand's image, writes Matthew Beecham.

Latest interviews


INTERVIEW: Anne Ruthmann, Citroën C4 Cactus PM

8 July 2014

Citroën C4 Cactus Chef de Projet Anne Ruthmann answers questions on key suppliers, lightweight technology, sales prospects and other topics.


Q&A with BASF Performance Materials

12 November 2013

BASF’s Performance Materials division focuses on industries such as automotive, construction, electrics and electronics. Here, Matthew Beecham talked with Bernhard Rosenau, Segment Management Automotive, Engineering Plastics Europe, BASF SE about some of the division's most recent PA and PU automotive applications.


Q&A with BASF

17 February 2011

BASF's Catalysts division, headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey, US is one of the world’s largest suppliers of process catalysts. The group employs 4,000 people at 30 factories worldwide. In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked with Dr Thomas G Droege, Global Marketing Director, BASF Mobile Emissions Catalysts about the technical trends occurring in the exhaust sector and specific impacts on the catalytic converter.


Q&A with Johnson Controls

11 July 2008

Johnson Controls is organised into three divisions: building efficiency; automotive experience; and power solutions. Its automotive experience systems and products include complete seating systems and components; cockpit systems, including instrument panels and clusters, information displays and body controllers; overhead systems, including headliners and electronic convenience features; floor consoles; and door systems. Continuing just-auto’s series of Q&As with major component suppliers, Matthew Beecham talked with Thomas Beer, senior product business manager, Johnson Controls about the company’s instrumentation and cockpits business.

Latest news


just-auto Plus only BASF implements modern production tech at Nienburg

21 April 2017

BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, announced the mechanical completion of a significant investment at its adsorbents production site in Nienburg, Germany. Two new state-of-the-art dryers at the site support BASF’s long-term commitment to...


just-auto Plus only BASF/Landa join to simplify coatings production

5 April 2017

BASF and Landa Labs announced their strategic long-term partnership on 4 April 2017 at the European Coatings Show (ECS) in Nuremberg, Germany. Under this exclusive agreement, BASF will employ Landa’s revolutionary nano-pigment technology in a new...


just-auto Plus only BASF appoints new president of coatings division

5 April 2017

Dirk Bremm is the new president of BASF’s Coatings division, effective 1 April 2017. He succeeds Dr. Markus Kamieth, who was appointed to the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. Kamieth had led the Coatings division since 2012. Bremm earned his...


just-auto Plus only BASF develops biobased hardener clearcoat

30 March 2017

In the automotive industry, manufacturers and suppliers are working constantly to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in production. A project team consisting of employees of the car maker Audi, BASF´s Coatings division and materials company...


White still Europe's most popular car colour

23 March 2017

White is still the most popular car colour in Europe, with a share of 29%, followed by black with 19% and grey with 18%, according to a report from BASF's coatings division.


just-auto Plus only BASF to build new plastic additives plant in China

15 March 2017

As announced in November 2016, BASF is investing more than EUR200m globally to increase its production network for plastic additives. An important step is an investment to build a new plastic additives plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China. This...


just-auto Plus only Covestro introduces innovative design concept

14 March 2017

At the K 2016 plastics trade fair, Covestro presented an innovative concept for electric cars incorporating the latest trends in exterior design. The exhibit will be the highlight of the Covestro booth once again at the European Coatings Show from April...


just-auto Plus only BASF opens new Innovation Campus in Mumbai

6 March 2017

BASF Group on 3 March 2017 inaugurated its new Innovation Campus Asia Pacific, located in Mumbai, India. The project will involve a total expected investment of up to EUR50m (US$53m) from BASF Group, and marks the Group’s largest research and development...


just-auto Plus only BASF India opens new catalysts manufacturing site

3 March 2017

BASF Catalysts India Private Limited (“BASF Catalysts”) on 2 March 2016 inaugurated its new mobile emissions catalysts manufacturing site. The site includes a new 47,000-square-meter production plant, which replaces an existing BASF plant in...


just-auto Plus only BASF appoints new head of Surface Treatment unit

1 March 2017

Dr. Martin Jung, senior vice president, has been appointed head of the global business unit Surface Treatment of BASF’s Coatings division which comprises the Chemetall business acquired from Albemarle in December 2016. Effective 1 March he succeeds Joris...


just-auto Plus only BASF appoints Performance Chemicals president

24 February 2017

Anup Kothari, currently senior vice president, Performance Chemicals North America, will become president of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division, effective 1 April 2017. He succeeds Dr. Christian Fischer, who has decided to leave the company.


just-auto Plus only BASF 2016 sales increased 7% to EUR14.8bn

24 February 2017

In 2016, BASF achieved the growth and earnings goals it set for itself. The chemicals business grew successfully and profitability improved further. As expected, earnings in Oil & Gas did not match the previous year’s level. “As the year...


just-auto Plus only BASF/Grolman strengthens its collaboration in EU

8 February 2017

Effective immediately, BASF and Gustav Grolman strengthens their exclusive collaboration in Europe in the marketing of amine-based curing agents for the professional processing of epoxy resins. Grolman expands the marketing of the BASF speciality chemicals...


just-auto Plus only BASF increases MDI production capacity at Verbund

24 January 2017

BASF has completed a capacity increase of its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) production facilities at the company´s Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The capacity increase brings the annual production of MDI in Antwerp from 560,000 metric tons per...


just-auto Plus only BASF announces management changes

16 January 2017

Effective 1 March 2017, Juliana Ernst (46) will become head of Media Relations, BASF Group, based in Ludwigshafen. She succeeds Jennifer Moore-Braun (45) who will become head of Channel Management, responsible for BASF’s corporate internet and intranet...


just-auto Plus only BASF appoints new head of Automotive OEM Coatings

20 December 2016

Dr. Thomas Kloster took over the position as head of the Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions Europe business unit at BASF’s Coatings division effective 1 December 2016. In this position, he succeeds Dr. Martin Jung who oversees the integration of Chemetall...


just-auto Plus only BASF to establish manufacturing plant in Myanmar

16 December 2016

BASF is planning its first manufacturing plant in Myanmar in 2017. Subject to Myanmar regulatory approvals, the plant to be located in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, will be designed to produce tailor-made construction chemical solutions for the...


BASF acquires Chemetall

15 December 2016

BASF has completed its acquisition of Albemarle’s global surface treatment business, Chemetall, expanding the supplier's coatings division's portfolio.


BASF Coatings Guangdong facility starts operations

9 December 2016

BASF has inaugurated BASF Coatings (Guangdong), its first automotive refinish manufacturing operation in Asia Pacific, located in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, China.


just-auto Plus only BMW/Durr/BASF study on integrated paint process

24 November 2016

The BMW Group saves 12,000 tonnes of CO2 annually during automotive production at its Munich plant by eliminating one step from the paint process. This means that compared to a conventionally coated vehicle, a car coated with the shortened process can drive...


just-auto Plus only BASF to sell Inorganic specialities business

21 November 2016

BASF has entered into an agreement to sell its Inorganic Specialties business to Edgewater Capital Partners LP, Cleveland, OH. Inorganic Specialties includes the Evans City, Pennsylvania US production site and the Speciality Alcoholates, Boranes and Alkali...


just-auto Plus only BASF to reorganise internal functional units

21 November 2016

BASF is realigning the organisational structure of selected functional units in order to become even more customer-oriented, agile and simpler. These include procurement; human resources; information services & supply chain; environment, health &...


just-auto Plus only BASF to increase MDI production at Verbund site

17 November 2016

BASF has started engineering for a stepwise capacity increase of its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) production facilities at the company’s Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana. Capacity will be increased incrementally from 300,000 metric tons per...


just-auto Plus only BASF India reports INR13.932bn sales in Q2 2016-17

11 November 2016

BASF India Limited registered sales of INR13.932bn (US$207.862m) for the quarter ended 30 September 2016, as compared to INR12.101bn in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The company’s loss before tax (before exceptional items) stood at...


just-auto Plus only BASF expanding global plastic additives business

9 November 2016

Within the next five years, BASF plans to invest globally more than EUR200m (US$224.5m) in its plastic additives business, approximately half of which in Asia, focusing on capacity expansions and operational excellence. Plastic additives improve product...


just-auto Plus only BASF develops connectors for auto wire harnesses

4 November 2016

BASF is expanding its range of engineering plastics as the trend toward miniaturisation persists for electronic components in cars: With the new Ultradur grade B4340ZG2 High Speed (HSP) connectors will be more robust against damage such as breaks and...


just-auto Plus only BASF Elastollan used to make comfortable car seat

31 October 2016

Car seats can now be more comfortable thanks to synthetic leather made with BASF’s thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) Elastollan. The ultra-soft synthetic leather is highly abrasion resistant and helps manufacturers meet the stringent volatile organic...


just-auto Plus only BASF sales decrease 20% in Q3 2016

28 October 2016

In the third quarter of 2016, BASF increased its earnings and volumes in the chemicals business. “Demand from the automotive and construction industries in particular remained robust worldwide. In Europe, we saw moderate growth across all sectors. The...


just-auto Plus only BASF polyamide charge air duct used in BMW engine

17 October 2016

High pressure at high temperatures: Pipes that are exposed to this challenge between the turbocharger and the charge air cooler can best be manufactured by blow moulding with the BASF high-temperature polyamide Ultramid Endure D5G3 BM. This is demonstrated by...


just-auto Plus only BASF supplies Hyundai RN30 light-weight plastics

30 September 2016

BASF and Hyundai Motor have partnered once again to present an impressive showcase of emotion and technical substance: The concept car RN30 was created to offer pure driving pleasure on the race track for everybody and features the latest in innovative...

BASF news

just-auto Plus only BASF implements modern production tech at Nienburg

21 April 2017

BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, announced the mechanical completion of a signif...


just-auto Plus only BASF/Landa join to simplify coatings production

5 April 2017

BASF and Landa Labs announced their strategic long-term partnership on 4 April 2017 at the Europe...


just-auto Plus only BASF appoints new president of coatings division

5 April 2017

Dirk Bremm is the new president of BASF’s Coatings division, effective 1 April 2017. He suc...


just-auto Plus only BASF develops biobased hardener clearcoat

30 March 2017

In the automotive industry, manufacturers and suppliers are working constantly to reduce energy c...


White still Europe's most popular car colour

23 March 2017

White is still the most popular car colour in Europe, with a share of 29%, followed by black with...


just-auto Plus only BASF to build new plastic additives plant in China

15 March 2017

As announced in November 2016, BASF is investing more than EUR200m globally to increase its produ...



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