BASF forms coatings alliance with Atotech

26 September 2008 16:34  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--BASF has formed a strategic alliance with Atotech to access that firm’s biochemical technology to treat paint overspray, BASF's regional US head office in New Jersey said on Friday.


Financial terms were not disclosed.


"We are pleased to be leveraging the biochemical expertise of the industry by forming a strategic alliance with Atotech," said Juan Carlos Ordonez, group vice-president of BASF Coatings North America.


The alliance would allow BASF to leverage Atotech's biochemical detackification technology, chemicals in the water curtain that treat overspray paint during the painting process of automobile manufacture, it said.


Paint overspray treatment was very important as it maintained paint booth cleanliness.


"Effective treatment safely removes paint from water, extending water life and ultimately conserving a precious resource," said John Kochilla, Atotech's worldwide paint support technologies business manager. 


Atotech’s system was designed to treat solvent and waterborne paint with little or no equipment modifications.


“This process substantially reduces sludge, stabilises chemical oxygen demand and water parameters, requires less maintenance, reduces equipment cleaning, improves water conservation and virtually eliminates odours in the process,” said BASF.


The news comes a day after US chemicals and coatings producer PPG Industries announced it agreed to buy BASF’s North American coil and extrusion coatings business.


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