Applications

BASF’s automotive solutions range from high performance plastics, coatings and fuel additives to catalysts, battery materials and brake fluids to chemicals for leather and textiles. Below you’ll find a list of today’s innovations that are driving the industry into the future.

Electronics

BASF's automotive electronic products meet the increased demand and growing volume of electrical wiring in cars. The products ensure higher power output and lower emissions while still meeting lightweight design and reliability demands.

Exterior

BASF helps create modern and durable car exteriors that meet both design and functionality requirements. From long-lasting coatings to plastics that enable lighter-weight materials, BASF's innovations improve the looks and quality of today's and future cars.

Interior

BASF products for car interiors increase the occupants’ safety while also reducing the vehicle’s weight. Car interiors can then be more comfortable and quieter, but also more resilient, durable and, in the future, even better air-conditioned.

Powertrain & Chassis

BASF's products for powertrain and chassis can improve engine performance, while reducing fuel consumption and offering an excellent drive experience mixing sportinesss with safety. BASF’s products also allows for the optimal design of critical components, and ensure long-term protection against corrosion and deposits. The air we breathe is kept cleaner by removing pollutants and contaminants, while the driving range for electric cars is extended by reducing curb weight.

Safety

BASF provides safety products that can be trusted by both passengers and pedestrians. From braking components to airbag housings and bumper stifferners, these chemistry innovations protect crucial parts of the car, can be processed conveniently and economically, are lightweight and keep a design freedom.

Shaping the Future

Innovation is the name of the game. BASF is paving the way for chemistry solutions within the automotive industry. Check out the stories below on the advancements in this field and contributions to our local community.

Interior | Surface Finishing

Luxury finishes

Nearly all parts of a cars interior can have a surface made from valureTM or leather....

Nearly all parts of a cars interior can have a surface made from valureTM or leather. BASF’s broad portfolio of materials allows drivers to design upscale interiors with high-quality materials without sacrificing variation in either look or feel. Both materials are pleasant to touch, have high abrasion resistance and have long-lasting durability. With valureTM, function meets emotion to give your products a truly distinctive look and feel.

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Interior | Steering Wheel

Everything at your fingertips

Steering wheels made from BASF’s Elastofoam® integral polyurethane system have a soft...

Steering wheels made from BASF’s Elastofoam® integral polyurethane system have a soft core with a tough outer skin. They are good looking, lightweight and wear resistant. Available in all vehicle classes, this polyurethane core is particularly suitable for integrating many different functions into the steering wheel.

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Interior | Seats

Next-generation seating

BASF offers a wide product portfolio for seat applications. From materials for seat p...

BASF offers a wide product portfolio for seat applications. From materials for seat pans and backrests using Ultramid® to covers and upholstery made with Neopolen®. In addition to reducing weight, these products also provide more comfort by offering ergonomic advantages and simplifying the manufacturing process.

For a fabric finish, valureTM offers a wide range of design possibilities from perfect interpretations of natural surfaces to novel presentations of technical textures. It can be applied on various substrates and the finish is breathable.

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Powertrain & Chassis | Soundproofing

Silence under the hood

BASF products can ideally fulfill the rising demand for soundproofing in car construc...

BASF products can ideally fulfill the rising demand for soundproofing in car construction. The lightweight Basotect® foam is used for sound insulation in the engine hood cover because of its outstanding acoustic performance, high heat resistance, high fire safety, favorable fogging behavior and chemical resistance.

Elastic foams made with Elastoflex® protect against the heat and noise of the engine compartment. They are resistant to high temperatures and reduce unpleasant vibrations.

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Safety | Passenger Safety

Innovations in airbags

BASF products protect passengers from more severe injuries if they are in a crash by ...

BASF products protect passengers from more severe injuries if they are in a crash by absorbing impacting energy – like a protective shield.  BASF was the first company to introduce an airbag housing made of plastic. The latest innovation is the use of engineering plastics like Ultramid® for the center module of the head-side airbag. Airbags made of Ultramid® are lighter than metal as well as quicker to manufacture.

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Safety | Pedestrian Safety

Keeping pedestrians safe

BASF played a pioneering role when introducing the lower bumper stiffener, a new comp...

BASF played a pioneering role when introducing the lower bumper stiffener, a new component made of our Ultramid® engineering plastic. It can be found beneath the bumper, preventing the legs of a pedestrian from being caught underneath the car in a head-on collision. Foams made of Neopolen® stand out for their high energy absorption, reduced weight, good resilience, and chemical resistance. Plus, bumpers made of the lightweight foam Neopolen® will deform during a crash, absorbing the impact energy.

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Powertrain & Chassis | Lubricants

Gearing up

Compared to typical petroleum gear oils, BASF’s gear lubricants are designed for exte...

Compared to typical petroleum gear oils, BASF’s gear lubricants are designed for extended drain service and improved wear protection. Our Emgard® gear oil contains additives to withstand extreme pressure, along with oxidation and corrosion inhibitors to protect gears and bearings. This results in longer gear life under a wide variety of conditions by providing high film strength and superior low temperature performance.

Read More

Powertrain & Chassis | Oil Circuit

Keeping the pistons strong

For car parts in contact with oil, the requirements are very high. BASF’s Ultramid®, ...

For car parts in contact with oil, the requirements are very high. BASF’s Ultramid®, Ultrason® and Ultradur® engineering plastics have proven suitability in several applications. Thanks to their high heat standards, good oil resistance and excellent mechanical strength, these high-performance plastics can be used for oil control pistons. These materials also withstand very high long-term service temperatures and show an outstanding hydrolysis resistance.

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Exterior | Glazing

Sophisticated protection

BASF’s glazing products exhibit first-class mechanical characteristics, easy paintabi...

BASF’s glazing products exhibit first-class mechanical characteristics, easy paintability, high temperature resistance and UV stability, so that glass does not yellow and frames of sliding roofs are well maintained.

Frames made of Ultramid® can be stylishly thin and slide easily. The temperature resistant and UV-stable Ultradur® keeps the frame of sliding roofs in good shape even when exposed to sun, rain or snow.

Read More

Interior | Surface Finishing

Luxury finishes

Nearly all parts of a cars interior can have a surface made from valureTM or leather. BASF’s broad portfolio of materials allows drivers to design upscale interiors with high-quality materials without sacrificing variation in either look or feel. Both materials are pleasant to touch, have high abrasion resistance and have long-lasting durability. With valureTM, function meets emotion to give your products a truly distinctive look and feel.

Interior | Steering Wheel

Everything at your fingertips

Steering wheels made from BASF’s Elastofoam® integral polyurethane system have a soft core with a tough outer skin. They are good looking, lightweight and wear resistant. Available in all vehicle classes, this polyurethane core is particularly suitable for integrating many different functions into the steering wheel.

Interior | Seats

Next-generation seating

BASF offers a wide product portfolio for seat applications. From materials for seat pans and backrests using Ultramid® to covers and upholstery made with Neopolen®. In addition to reducing weight, these products also provide more comfort by offering ergonomic advantages and simplifying the manufacturing process.

For a fabric finish, valureTM offers a wide range of design possibilities from perfect interpretations of natural surfaces to novel presentations of technical textures. It can be applied on various substrates and the finish is breathable.

Powertrain & Chassis | Soundproofing

Silence under the hood

BASF products can ideally fulfill the rising demand for soundproofing in car construction. The lightweight Basotect® foam is used for sound insulation in the engine hood cover because of its outstanding acoustic performance, high heat resistance, high fire safety, favorable fogging behavior and chemical resistance.

Elastic foams made with Elastoflex® protect against the heat and noise of the engine compartment. They are resistant to high temperatures and reduce unpleasant vibrations.

Safety | Passenger Safety

Innovations in airbags

BASF products protect passengers from more severe injuries if they are in a crash by absorbing impacting energy – like a protective shield.  BASF was the first company to introduce an airbag housing made of plastic. The latest innovation is the use of engineering plastics like Ultramid® for the center module of the head-side airbag. Airbags made of Ultramid® are lighter than metal as well as quicker to manufacture.

Safety | Pedestrian Safety

Keeping pedestrians safe

BASF played a pioneering role when introducing the lower bumper stiffener, a new component made of our Ultramid® engineering plastic. It can be found beneath the bumper, preventing the legs of a pedestrian from being caught underneath the car in a head-on collision. Foams made of Neopolen® stand out for their high energy absorption, reduced weight, good resilience, and chemical resistance. Plus, bumpers made of the lightweight foam Neopolen® will deform during a crash, absorbing the impact energy.

Powertrain & Chassis | Lubricants

Gearing up

Compared to typical petroleum gear oils, BASF’s gear lubricants are designed for extended drain service and improved wear protection. Our Emgard® gear oil contains additives to withstand extreme pressure, along with oxidation and corrosion inhibitors to protect gears and bearings. This results in longer gear life under a wide variety of conditions by providing high film strength and superior low temperature performance.

Powertrain & Chassis | Oil Circuit

Keeping the pistons strong

For car parts in contact with oil, the requirements are very high. BASF’s Ultramid®, Ultrason® and Ultradur® engineering plastics have proven suitability in several applications. Thanks to their high heat standards, good oil resistance and excellent mechanical strength, these high-performance plastics can be used for oil control pistons. These materials also withstand very high long-term service temperatures and show an outstanding hydrolysis resistance.

Exterior | Glazing

Sophisticated protection

BASF’s glazing products exhibit first-class mechanical characteristics, easy paintability, high temperature resistance and UV stability, so that glass does not yellow and frames of sliding roofs are well maintained.

Frames made of Ultramid® can be stylishly thin and slide easily. The temperature resistant and UV-stable Ultradur® keeps the frame of sliding roofs in good shape even when exposed to sun, rain or snow.