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The Coatings Division of BASF Mexicana is honored by General Motors with the “Supplier of the Year” award


Münster/Tutlitlán. For third time since 2002, BASF’s Coatings Division in Mexico has received the prestigious General Motors Supplier of the Year award for outstanding performance as an automotive coatings supplier to GM in Mexico.

Mr. Andrew Heilmann, General Motors Global Commodity Manager, presented the award to the BASF Mexicana Coatings Division team during a ceremony held on August 11 at BASF’s Tultitlán, Mexico site.

“The Supplier of the Year award recognizes suppliers that consistently add sustainable contributions and value to GM,” said Mr. Heilmann. “It recognizes suppliers who demonstrate a superior culture, meaning a “can-do” attitude, obsession with continuous improvement and saying ‘no’ in the right way; superior organizational capability, which means bringing best-in-class designs, breakthrough technology and speed; and a superior competitive advantage, meaning high-quality performance, flawless launches, sustainable cost advantage and best-in-class value.”

Peter Fischer, General Manager, Coatings Division, BASF Mexicana, spoke about the importance of the award for BASF. “We are very proud to receive this recognition for the third time,” said Fischer. “Our objective is the same as that of GM—total customer satisfaction. Based on this shared objective, we will continue to supply the highest quality products and the innovative solutions and services that help GM to be more successful.”

In Mexico, BASF supplies two GM assembly plants: Silao and Ramos Arizpe. Recent GM projects successfully supported by BASF include the new HHR model, launched in 2005 at Ramos Arizpe, and the introduction of the GMT 900 Platform for the new Suburban, Avalanche and Escalade EXT models at Silao in 2006. Recently BASF was selected as a supplier to a new plant in San Luis Potosi, and is now actively working with GM to ensure a flawless launch. This new GM assembly plant will come on stream in 2008.

BASF : A major international player in coatings

BASF Coatings AG belongs to the global Coatings Division of the BASF Group. In 2005 the Coatings Division achieved world sales of about 2,2 billion euros. The Coatings Division develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints, and also the processes needed to apply them. In this business, eco-efficient water-based, powder and high-solids coatings as well as radiation-curable systems play a special part. In Brazil, the company has been successful in the decorative paints market for years and holds the leading position. BASF has a major, global presence in the Coatings sector, with significant market positions in Europe, North America, South America and the Asia/Pacific region, for example with affiliates in Australia, China, India, Japan, and the Philippines. The internet address of BASF Coatings is

BASF Automotive Solutions. Performance Passion Success

BASF is a leading-edge source of value-added solutions to automotive manufacturers and their suppliers worldwide. With a full portfolio of technologies that include coatings, engineering thermoplastics, polyurethanes, pigments and colorants, coolants and brake fluids for a broad array of exterior, interior, chassis and under-the-hood applications, BASF – The Chemical Company - develops and delivers the innovations that help the automotive industry improve the quality, appearance, safety, cost competitiveness, performance, comfort, fuel efficiency, sustainability and durability of vehicles offered to the global marketplace.

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