BASF supplies paints for electric BMW

10 March 2014

BASF and BMW have teamed up for the i3, the BMW Group’s first model driven purely by electric power. BASF is supplying basecoats in four colours for the new i3 production line at the BMW plant in Leipzig.

BASF is contributing to the i3’s unique design, which is exceptionally clean, reduced but at the same time, dynamic. The i3 has another special feature that also extends to the coating: The passenger compartment is made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

The car consists of a CFRP body-in-white on which the coated plastic add-on parts are mounted. This concept means new challenges for the coating of the add-on parts and for the associated application processes.

BASF has been a supplier for the BMW plant in Leipzig since its start-up in 2005 and provides the automotive manufacturer with modern paint systems worldwide.

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