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BASF concentrates on alternatives to lead chromate pigments

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

BASF is going to stop producing lead chromate pigments by the end of 2014.

BASF to end production of lead chromate pigments.

Source: BASF SE

BASF to end production of lead chromate pigments.

Source: BASF SE

BASF is going to stop producing lead chromate pigments by the end of 2014 at the latest and concentrate worldwide on the production and marketing of alternative products. These are offered by the company for the yellow as well as the red color range. The company has for years been in the possession of a large portfolio of organic and inorganic pigments that represent alternatives to lead chromate pigments, said Stefan Sütterlin, head of the business management pigments of BASF in Europe. As, however, a one-hundred-percent substitution for lead-containing pigments does not exist, customers above all from the coatings industry have so far resisted change. "We are going to assist our customers, if they want us to, with the change-over", explains Joachim Straßner, head of marketing for pigments for industrial & decorative coatings of BASF in Europe. "This means that we will help them plan their exit strategy, agree on the quantities that are to be phased out and the technical changeover”, continues Straßner. The company produces lead chromate pigments exclusively on its site in Besigheim/Germany. This is where the future production of alternative products will gradually be developed and expanded.

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