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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 augments Basonat production at Ludwigshafen

26 April 2018

BASF has expanded its capacities for the production of Basonat hardeners at the Ludwigshafen site. The high-quality polyisocyanates are used for the formulation of automotive and industrial coatings, furniture and flooring coatings as well as...


just-auto Plus only BASF announces key management changes

20 April 2018

The Board of executive directors of BASF announced the following personnel changes: Dr Stefan Blank (54), president Intermediates division, Ludwigshafen, will assume responsibility for the Corporate Development division effective 1 July 2018. He will...


just-auto Plus only BASF opens new production line at Korea facility

12 April 2018

BASF has started up a new production line for its high-temperature resistant thermoplastic Ultrason (polyarylsulfone) at its site in Yeosu, Korea. With the new line the global annual capacity for Ultrason will increase by 6,000 metric tonnes to 24,000 metric...


just-auto Plus only BASF introduces new pigment tech for auto coatings

11 April 2018

BASF announced a pioneering stir-in pigment for automotive coatings, that provides enhanced colour depth, flop, and sparkle. eXpand! red (EH 3427), marketed under the colours and effects brand, is the first pigment to result from the strategic partnership...


just-auto Plus only BASF expands Ultrasim for foaming simulation

14 March 2018

BASF has expanded its simulation tool Ultrasim so that it can now precisely predict the foaming and curing of the flexible integral foam system Elastofoam I for car steering wheels. With the detailed simulation, the most important chemical reactions as well as...


BASF enhances its Ultrasim simulation tool

13 March 2018

BASF says it now offers a new module for simulating applications of injection-molded components and that this offers benefits - in particular - in developing components for future electric vehicle


just-auto Plus only BASF/Toda establish new battery materials JV

9 March 2018

BASF, the world’s largest chemical supplier to the automotive industry, has closed its agreement to form BASF Toda America LLC (BTA). As the next step in BASF’s business growth strategy for its battery materials business, the new entity will be...


just-auto Plus only BASF launches new refinish paint brands

21 February 2018

BASF’s Coatings division has launched new product lines in Europe for its Glasurit and R-M refinish paint brands that make automotive refinishing more sustainable. They are the world’s first refinish products manufactured according to the certified...


just-auto Plus only BASF to build new MDI synthesis unit in Louisiana

1 February 2018

BASF will start the construction of a new methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) synthesis unit at the company’s Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana, in early Q2 2018. Planning and engineering for the new unit started in 2016 and were recently...


just-auto Plus only BASF sales up 12% to EUR64.5bn in 2017

19 January 2018

BASF herewith announces preliminary, non-audited figures for the 2017 business year. As forecast by BASF, sales, income from operations (EBIT) before special items and EBIT are considerably above the level of the previous year. The earnings figures exceed...


just-auto Plus only BASF announces executive changes

22 December 2017

Effective as of the end of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on 4 May 2018, Dr Martin Brudermuller (56), currently vice chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, will become chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. The Supervisory...


BASF/Toda strengthening US and Japan production

15 December 2017

BASF and Toda Kogyo are strengthening  production capabilities in the US and Japan to work on e-mobility.


BASF opens new coatings plant in Thailand

14 December 2017

BASF's coatings division has opened a new automotive plant at its Bangpoo manufacturing site, Samutprakarn province, Thailand.


BASF expands Poland Sroda Slaska site

12 December 2017

BASF is expanding its mobile emissions catalysts production site in Sroda Slaska, Poland.


just-auto Plus only BASF opens new automotive coatings plant in China

12 December 2017

BASF’s Coatings division inaugurated a new, world-scale automotive coatings plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Caojing, Shanghai, China. The EUR140m (US$164m) project is an extension of the existing automotive coatings plant, a joint...


BASF enters partnership with Ahrma

7 December 2017

BASF has partnered with Dutch start-up company Ahrma Holding to work on logistic solutions, investing EUR5m (US$5.89m) in Ahrma shares.


just-auto Plus only BASF announces senior management changes

7 December 2017

Stefan Beck is the new senior vice president, Global Process/Enterprise Architecture and Region Europe, at BASF and the new chief information officer (CIO). He succeeds Wiebe van der Horst who has been leading the “New Generation Business...


BASF coatings selected by Belgee Belarus plant

24 November 2017

With the opening of Belgee’s new automotive production plant in Belarus this week, cooperation between BASF and the Chinese-Belarusian joint venture has reached another milestone.


just-auto Plus only BASF invests in NBD Nanotechnologies

8 November 2017

BASF Venture Capital (BASF) is leading an US$8m Series B financing round in the US functional chemistry firm, NBD Nanotechnologies (NBD Nano). Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, NBD Nano is a speciality chemicals company with a proprietary platform...


just-auto Plus only BASF Q3 2017 sales up 9% at EUR15.3bn

24 October 2017

BASF Group recorded significant sales and earnings growth in the third quarter of 2017. “The positive demand development continued in the third quarter of 2017. We achieved solid volume growth, even compared with the strong prior-year quarter,”...


BASF develops new high gloss polyamides

13 October 2017

BASF says it has achieved a technical breakthrough to produce a new material for application in automotive interiors.


just-auto Plus only BASF investing in zeolites production plant

22 September 2017

BASF invests in another production plant for speciality zeolites at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, headquarters site. These speciality zeolites will be used to produce state-of-the-art emissions catalysts for heavy duty and light duty diesel vehicles. Due to an...


just-auto Plus only BASF invests in Sweden based Applied Nano Surfaces

21 September 2017

BASF Venture Capital GmbH is leading an investment round in the Swedish high-tech company Applied Nano Surfaces Sweden AB (ANS), headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden. ANS offers unique surface treatment technologies to reduce friction and wear in industrial and...


BASF to acquire Solvay’s polyamides business

19 September 2017

Solvay has entered into a binding agreement with German chemical company BASF for the sale of its Polyamides business, a crucial step in Solvay’s transformation towards a multi-speciality chemicals company.


just-auto Plus only BASF presents its innovative solutions at IAA

8 September 2017

At this year’s Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt BASF presents innovative catalysts, battery materials and plastics to show how automotive manufacturers can reduce emissions, save weight and improve safety, comfort and design of...


BASF begins digital evaluation project with SAP

30 August 2017

BASF and SAP have announced the start of a project at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site to evaluate digital collaboration among business partners in the domain of engineering and maintenance.


just-auto Plus only BASF completes Huntsville site expansion

25 August 2017

BASF announced the completion of an investment to expand production of its mobile emissions catalysts manufacturing site in Huntsville, Alabama. The Huntsville site expansion began 18 months ago and created ten additional jobs. The expansion also enables...


just-auto Plus only Valeo develops new top column module

18 August 2017

Safety, driving pleasure, esthetics – when you drive a car, it is not just the steering wheel that has a major influence on the driving experience, but also the top column module that connects the steering wheel with the control unit. The French...


just-auto Plus only BASF sales rise 12% to EUR16.3bn in Q2 2017

28 July 2017

BASF Group sales rose by 12% to EUR16.3bn (US$19bn) compared with the second quarter of 2016. This was largely attributable to higher prices and volumes. Amid higher raw material costs, the company raised sales prices by 7%; this was mainly driven by higher...


just-auto Plus only BASF participates in Startup Autobahn

26 July 2017

Why drive to the gas station when the gas station could come to you? That’s what the creative minds behind start-up POMP asked themselves. Their vision: a car that automatically informs its owner about a low fuel tank and gets refilled on-site through...

BASF news

just-auto Plus only BASF augments Basonat production at Ludwigshafen

26 April 2018

BASF has expanded its capacities for the production of Basonat hardeners at the Ludwigshafen site...


just-auto Plus only BASF announces key management changes

20 April 2018

The Board of executive directors of BASF announced the following personnel changes: Dr Stefan...


just-auto Plus only BASF opens new production line at Korea facility

12 April 2018

BASF has started up a new production line for its high-temperature resistant thermoplastic Ultras...


just-auto Plus only BASF introduces new pigment tech for auto coatings

11 April 2018

BASF announced a pioneering stir-in pigment for automotive coatings, that provides enhanced colou...


just-auto Plus only BASF expands Ultrasim for foaming simulation

14 March 2018

BASF has expanded its simulation tool Ultrasim so that it can now precisely predict the foaming a...


BASF enhances its Ultrasim simulation tool

13 March 2018

BASF says it now offers a new module for simulating applications of injection-molded components a...



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