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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


Daimler developing autonomous transport with BASF

19 September 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has shown its Vision Urbanetic mobility concept at the commercial vehicles IAA in Hanover, revealing more details and a testing partnership after first showing the product in Copenhagen on 10 September.


BASF opens new automotive coatings laboratory

17 September 2018

BASF's Coatings division has opened a new laboratory for automotive OEM coatings at its site in Munster, using a lab dosing machine developed for BASF.


just-auto Plus only BASF to increase alkoxylates production capacity

7 September 2018

BASF has started a stepwise capacity increase of its production plant for alkoxylation – a downstream technology of ethylene oxide production – in Antwerp, Belgium. The first additional capacities will be available from as early as the third...


just-auto Plus only BASF announces key leadership changes

3 September 2018

The Board of Executive Directors of BASF has announced the following personnel changes: Fried-Walter Munstermann (54), president, Procurement, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, will assume responsibility for the “Task Force Process Simplification”...


BASF/Grolman expand collaboration in Europe

24 August 2018

BASF and Gustav Grolman have strengthened their collaboration in Europe with the marketing of amine-based curing agents for the professional processing of epoxy resins.


just-auto Plus only BASF develops bio-based foam for instrument panels

2 August 2018

Automobile manufacturers and processors are always searching for new, cost-effective solutions for more efficient components. This imposes a variety of challenges on material suppliers. For example, highly complex instrument panels must comply with current...


just-auto Plus only BASF sales rise 3% to EUR16.8bn in Q2 2018

30 July 2018

In the second quarter of 2018, BASF Group achieved a slight increase in sales and earnings. “Compared with the second quarter of 2017, sales rose by EUR518m (US$604m) to EUR16.8bn,” said Dr Martin Brudermuller, chairman of the Board of Executive...


just-auto Plus only BASF to augment ethylene oxide production

24 July 2018

BASF pursues a significant capacity expansion of the integrated ethylene oxide complex at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The project includes capacity expansions for ethylene oxide and for several downstream derivatives, such as surfactants. In...


just-auto Plus only BASF to invest in Materialise

20 July 2018

BASF is expanding its cooperation with Materialise, a leading supplier of 3D printing technologies. At the same time, BASF has agreed to invest US$25m in the Belgian company, which is headquartered in Leuven. The two partners are working together within the...


just-auto Plus only BASF expands its Ultradur HR portfolio

10 July 2018

The demand of the automotive industry for highly effective sensors for the expansion of electric mobility and autonomous driving is increasing. So BASF has further developed its range of hydrolysis-resistant thermoplastic polyesters. The expanded range of...


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 news

Daimler developing autonomous transport with BASF

19 September 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has shown its Vision Urbanetic mobility concept at the commercia...


BASF opens new automotive coatings laboratory

17 September 2018

BASF's Coatings division has opened a new laboratory for automotive OEM coatings at its site in M...


just-auto Plus only BASF to increase alkoxylates production capacity

7 September 2018

BASF has started a stepwise capacity increase of its production plant for alkoxylation – a...


just-auto Plus only BASF announces key leadership changes

3 September 2018

The Board of Executive Directors of BASF has announced the following personnel changes: Fried-Wa...


BASF/Grolman expand collaboration in Europe

24 August 2018

BASF and Gustav Grolman have strengthened their collaboration in Europe with the marketing of ami...


just-auto Plus only BASF develops bio-based foam for instrument panels

2 August 2018

Automobile manufacturers and processors are always searching for new, cost-effective solutions fo...



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