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BASF Says Brand Meets China Standards

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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The Coatings Division of multinational chemical manufacturing corporation BASF has announced that its portfolio of wind energy-industry products is in compliance with future emissions guidelines in China.

In a statement released Friday (Nov. 11), the company explained that China is working to reduce the emission levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Beijing by 2022, when it will be hosting the Winter Olympic Games.

To curb air pollution in China's capital, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection has adopted a policy paper that provides for the two-stage reduction of emission levels for maintaining and repairing wind turbines and other structures.

In line with this regulation, the threshold values valid up to the end of 2016 will reportedly be tightened again starting in 2017.

BASF wind turbine coatings

BASF says its coating products for wind turbines and heavy-duty rotor blades offer an ecological alternative to solvent-borne products and so comply with current VOC guidelines, including the tightened threshold values for use in Beijing.

According to the manufacturer, its catalog of coatings for the wind energy sector already satisfy the threshold limit values for industrial coatings expected to come into effect by that date.

Wind Turbine Coatings

BASF says that it focuses on energy-efficient and resource-conserving formulations for both manufacturing and application of its products.

Its coating products for wind turbines, developed and sold under the RELEST brand, reportedly feature high abrasion resistance and elasticity to offer long-lasting protection from extreme weathering impacts. Rotor blade surfaces in particular have to withstand extreme stresses such as wind, hail and rain, it notes.

For this purpose, the company says it developed a special coating system consisting of gelcoat, putty, edge protection and topcoat. The two-component polyurethane compounds offer an ecological alternative to solvent-borne products, according to BASF, and thus comply with current VOC guidelines, including the tightened threshold values for use in Beijing, it adds.

About the BASF Coatings Division

The Coatings Division of the BASF Group develops, produces and markets a range of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes, industrial coatings and decorative paints. The company 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 €3.2 billion ($3.4 billion).

BASF Group’s approximately 112,000 employees work on solutions for customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Its portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials and Solutions, Agricultural Solutions, and Oil and Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion (about $75 billion) in 2015.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; BASF; Coating chemistry; Coating Materials; Coatings Technology; Europe; Government; North America; Protective Coatings; Regulations; VOC emissions; Wind Farm; Wind Towers

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