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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 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. “Solvay’s planned divestment of...


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 polyurethane systems improved for interiors

25 July 2017

BASF says it has improved the process for manufacturing Lupranol (polyether polyol) so car components which are made of its polyurethane systems emit an average of 20% less aldehyde.


just-auto Plus only Nornickel to supply battery raw material to BASF

29 June 2017

BASF and PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) announced on 27 June 2017 that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and entered exclusive negotiations to cooperate on the supply of raw materials for future battery materials production for lithium-ion...


just-auto Plus only BASF begins operations at Schwarzheide site

22 June 2017

On 21 June 2017, BASF put the expanded compounding plant at BASF’s Schwarzheide site in Germany into operation. With the expansion of the plant up to 70,000 tons more Ultramid (PA: polyamide) and Ultradur (PBT: polybutylene terephthalate) can be produced...


BASF to build automotive centre in China

8 June 2017

BASF has announced its investment to build its first regional Automotive Application Centre in Asia Pacific, to be located at the BASF Innovation Campus Asia Pacific (Shanghai), China. Start of operations is planned for the end of 2018, pending relevant approvals by authorities.


just-auto Plus only BASF elects new board vice chairman

15 May 2017

Sinischa Horvat succeeds Robert Oswald as an elected alternative member of the Supervisory Board of BASF SE, and has been elected as vice chairman of the Board. Oswald retired from the Supervisory Board after the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Horvat...


BASF polyamide used for new Alfa Romeo turbo parts

11 May 2017

BASF announced its Ultramid Endure polyamide with high heat aging resistance up to 220° C is being used in two new powertrain applications for FCA's 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia - the air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler, and hot-side turbo duct. Both debut with the new two-litre GME engine.


just-auto Plus only BASF introduces heat-resistant polyamide in Giulia

10 May 2017

BASF is introducing its heat-resistant polyamide Ultramid Endure in two new powertrain applications on the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia: the air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler and the hot-side turbo duct. As heat under the hood increases, Ultramid...


just-auto Plus only BASF sales up 19% to EUR16.9bn in Q1 2017

27 April 2017

BASF completed the first quarter of 2017 with a considerable rise in sales and earnings compared to the same quarter of last year. “BASF has had a good start to the year 2017,” said Dr. Kurt Bock, chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of...


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...

BASF news

just-auto Plus only 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...


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 innova...


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 digita...


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 catal...


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 whe...


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. Thi...



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