BASF receives the German Federal Ecodesign Award for Cool Coatings

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BASF receives the German Federal Ecodesign Award for Cool Coatings

BASF’s Coatings division has won the German Federal Ecodesign Award. The jury was convinced by the “Cool Coatings” automotive coating technology’s innovative approach and its sophisticated design

BASF’s Coatings division has won the German Federal Ecodesign Award. The jury was convinced by the “Cool Coatings” automotive coating technology’s innovative approach and its sophisticated design, which enables a broad colour range. BASF’s Cool Coatings reflect infrared light and in so doing, reduce the temperature on the automotive surface and interior. This passive temperature management reduces heating of the car surface by up to 20°C, which leads to a reduction of 4°C in the interior of the vehicle. Due to the savings in air conditioning, fuel consumption can be reduced or the range of electric cars can be extended. BASF uses the technology to support its customers in optimizing their vehicles’ fuel and energy efficiency.

P393_Ecodesign_Sickert_Schwarte“In addition to providing an attractive appearance and protecting the vehicle, Cool Coatings also feature additional functional properties. The technology is an important step toward modern mobility. We are especially happy to receive the award, since it honours exactly this aspect,” said Mark Gutjahr, head of Automotive Colour Design EMEA.

BASF offers a complete package of temperature-management solutions for all types of vehicles. The special formulations can be integrated into conventional application processes without any extra effort and meet the high quality standards for the life cycle of a finish. “The Cool Coatings technology allows a broad color range. This way, even complex colors can be produced – ranging from warm, intensive colours to cool color concepts”, said Stephan Schwarte, head of Pigmentdispersion & Innovative Colours.

This year marks the fifth time the German Federal Ecodesign Award has been presented by the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) and the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) in cooperation with the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ). The jury, whose members are experts in the areas of design, ecology and economics, selected contributions from over 350 submissions in the categories Product, Service and Young Talent.

The Coatings division of BASF is a global expert in the development, production and marketing of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM and refinish coatings, industrial coatings and 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 2015, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about EUR 3.2 billion.

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f.l.t.r.: Stefan Sickert (Product Management basecoats BASF), Stephan Schwarte (head of Pigmentdispersion & Innovative Colors BASF) and Barbara Hendricks (Minister of the environment)


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