BASF Spain inaugurates its renovated refinish competence centre

The refinish competence centre at BASF Spain in Marchamalo (Guadalajara) is dedicated to teaching body shop technicians, distributors and large automotive companies, all of them customers in Spain and Portugal, about its renowned brands.

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Christian Schneider (Site Manager Marchamalo) -

Since the start of this year, the Marchamalo centre has invested around 2.5 million euros in renovating the facility so as to offer the best possible technological experience. The fundamental reason for the modernisation was BASF’s innovative spirit as well as its commitment to its customers. With a clear focus on sustainability and environmental protection, BASF has installed equipment with maximum energy efficiency and minimum emissions.

Patricia Franco Jiménez, Regional Minister of Economy, Enterprise and Employment for Castilla-La Mancha, and Rafael Esteban Santamaría, the mayor of Marchamalo, joined other official representatives at the inauguration. The company was represented by Katja Scharpwinkel, Senior Vice President Automotive Refinish Coatings EMEA, Carles Navarro Vigo, Managing Director Country Cluster Head Iberia, Christian Schneider, Site Manager Marchamalo / Director of Operations, and Ramón Farré Gaudier, Regional Business Manager Automotive Refinish Coatings Iberia.

About BASF’s coatings division in Spain

The production centre in Marchamalo (Guadalajara) is the headquarters of the coatings division in Spain. The plant has been used by BASF as a production centre since 1982, although the company origins date back to 1867. Covering an area of 310,000 m², the centre employs around 650 staff and encompasses two paint factories, one plant for intermediate resins, and a large-scale production unit. Apart from the renovated training centre, the site includes an automotive application centre as well as quality control and development laboratories for all its main product segments.

The products manufactured in Guadalajara include high-technology coatings for the automotive industry and other technically demanding applications, various acrylics, binders for electrocoating, thix additives, polyesters and other special intermediate resins, and decorative paints, fillers and protective additives for tunneling machines.

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