The Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF's Coatings division, operating under the Chemetall brand, inaugurated its state-of-the-art surface treatment production site in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province, China, on November 22, 2023. The 60,000 m2 site in Pinghu is BASF's first production site in the Dushan Port Economic Development Zone and the largest surface technology site in the world. "In July this year, we expanded our production capacity for automotive refinish coatings at our site in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province. Now we are celebrating the opening of our new surface technology site in Pinghu. We are strategically close to our customers, enabling us to serve local demand with our advanced and proven solutions. We aim to be a growth-oriented leader in surface technology, providing sustainable solutions, services, expertise and innovations that support our customers in various industries and in our key growth market - China," said Uta Holzenkamp, head of BASF's Coatings division. "Asia Pacific is the world's fastest-growing market for surface technology, and China accounts for about 50% of the market in Asia. We believe the Chinese market will see attractive growth rates in the medium to long term. By localizing our advanced processes and solutions, such as our Oxsilan thin-film technology, we strengthen our leadership position in China and can significantly shorten delivery times for our local customers," explains Christophe Cazabeau, Head of Surface Technology, Coatings division of BASF. Designed as a smart factory, the Pinghu site enables a high level of process automation and end-to-end digitalization of processes at the site for high efficiency in production and site logistics. The new site offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions for applied surface technology for various market segments, for example from the automotive manufacturers and components, coil coating, general industry, cold forming, aerospace, aluminum coating and glass sectors.