BASF scores double win for functional coatings technology

At the Automotive Brand Contest 2017 international design competition, BASF's Coatings division's functional coatings technology for passive temperature management was honoured in the "Innovation of the Year” and "Concepts” categories.

BASF’s Coatings division received the th award at the Automotive Brand Contest 2017. Source: BASF -

The German Design Council awarded the distinctions on September 12, 2017 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Spirit of the times captured

The jury, composed of representatives from the media, design, brand communication and academia, presented the awards to honour the coatings technology’s visionary approach. Energy efficiency and intelligent materials are two key themes for innovative mobility concepts. “With its temperature management solutions, BASF captures the spirit of the times,” the jury said.

Less heating of the interior

The specific paint system is based on a UV-permeable basecoat and UV-reflecting primer. In this combination, the paint reduces the temperature on hot summer days on the vehicle surface by up to 20 °C which results in less heating of the interior. The need to run the air conditioner to minimise the heat in the car is thus reduced. This both enhances comfort and at the same time, reduces fuel consumption or extends the range of electric vehicles.

Integrable into application processes

The formulation can be integrated into conventional application processes without any extra effort and meets the high-quality standards for the life cycle of a finish. At the same time, car buyers can choose from a wide range of colours, from rich colours to grays and blacks.

All about current applications, trends and research on functional coatings in one single book:

Volkmar Stenzel and Nadine Rehfeld from Fraunhofer IFAM outline recent developments in the field of functional coatings, with the focus on organic-based materials. Furthermore it highlights the latest developments of the different technologies and novel surface functions that go beyond decoration, corrosion protection and surface protection.


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