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.

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.

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Exterior | Lighting

Reflecting the light

Plastic reflectors in headlamps are lighter and more cost efficient than those made o...

Plastic reflectors in headlamps are lighter and more cost efficient than those made of metal. They offer high temperature resistance while still maintaining design flexibilities.

The high-performance plastic Ultrason® reduces heat build-up using a new pigment system that absorbs visible light but lets heat radiation pass through.

For bezels, Ultradur® is an ideal material when excellent surface quality and direct metallization are requested.

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Powertrain & Chassis | Fuel Additives

Protecting and cleaning the fuel system

Keropur® multifunctional performance packages help keep engines clean and protect the...

Keropur® multifunctional performance packages help keep engines clean and protect the entire fuel system. BASF’s portfolio includes gasoline and diesel performance packages for maximum engine cleanliness, better fuel economy, lower emissions and optimal driving experience.

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Powertrain & Chassis | Fuel Circuit

Stable enough for biodiesel

For tank applications in contact with gasoline or diesel, plastics like Ultraform® ha...

For tank applications in contact with gasoline or diesel, plastics like Ultraform® have to be chemically resistant. A fuel filter made of Ultraform®, for example, creates a plastic that is very high fuel and long-term heat resistant while maintaining good electrical insulation properties. BASF also offers an Ultraform® type that is significantly more stable in biodiesel than competitive materials.

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Electronics | Electronic Control Unit

Improving the electronic control unit

With engineering plastics like Ultramid® and Ultradur®, a transmission’s electronic c...

With engineering plastics like Ultramid® and Ultradur®, a transmission’s electronic control unit can be improved, allowing for smoother gear changes, no interruption in power, and a better fuel economy.

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Exterior | Front End

Always in good shape

Ultramid® meets the high dimensional stability demands as well as legal requirements ...

Ultramid® meets the high dimensional stability demands as well as legal requirements for safety insurance due to its rigidity and high-impact strength.

Bumpers can be made from Elastolit®, a rigid polyurethane with particularly high-impact strength. Inside, the energy absorbing bumper cores can be made from the foam Neopolen® to make the car even lighter.

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Powertrain & Chassis | E-Mobility

E-Mobility

Almost every aspect of e-mobility is impacted by chemistry starting with the cathode ...

Almost every aspect of e-mobility is impacted by chemistry starting with the cathode materials and electrolytes needed to optimize battery performance.

Our diverse portfolio of performance materials that includes engineering plastics, epoxy systems and polyurethanes can be used to create a variety of lightweight, durable components including battery pack housings, cell frames, cables, connectors and charging stations.

Read More

Interior | Dashboard

Greater safety, greater comfort

For stylish dashboards and protective panels, polyurethane-molded skins with Elastosk...

For stylish dashboards and protective panels, polyurethane-molded skins with Elastoskin® ensure fine tactile properties. The semi-rigid foam Elastoflex® is ideal for foambacking skins and molded parts, guaranteeing soft contours.

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Powertrain & Chassis | Coolants

Cooling the engine

Glysantin® – the original engine coolant from BASF – has been Europe’s best selling p...

Glysantin® – the original engine coolant from BASF – has been Europe’s best selling premium-grade coolant since introduced in 1929. Glysantin® is the No. 1 coolant thanks to its unique triple action that protects engines from damage by corrosion, frost and overheating. BASF works in close cooperation with leading OEMs to develop the best coolant for each vehicle. Glysantin® has been officially approved for many years.

Read More

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.

Exterior | Lighting

Reflecting the light

Plastic reflectors in headlamps are lighter and more cost efficient than those made of metal. They offer high temperature resistance while still maintaining design flexibilities.

The high-performance plastic Ultrason® reduces heat build-up using a new pigment system that absorbs visible light but lets heat radiation pass through.

For bezels, Ultradur® is an ideal material when excellent surface quality and direct metallization are requested.

Powertrain & Chassis | Fuel Additives

Protecting and cleaning the fuel system

Keropur® multifunctional performance packages help keep engines clean and protect the entire fuel system. BASF’s portfolio includes gasoline and diesel performance packages for maximum engine cleanliness, better fuel economy, lower emissions and optimal driving experience.

Powertrain & Chassis | Fuel Circuit

Stable enough for biodiesel

For tank applications in contact with gasoline or diesel, plastics like Ultraform® have to be chemically resistant. A fuel filter made of Ultraform®, for example, creates a plastic that is very high fuel and long-term heat resistant while maintaining good electrical insulation properties. BASF also offers an Ultraform® type that is significantly more stable in biodiesel than competitive materials.

Electronics | Electronic Control Unit

Improving the electronic control unit

With engineering plastics like Ultramid® and Ultradur®, a transmission’s electronic control unit can be improved, allowing for smoother gear changes, no interruption in power, and a better fuel economy.

Exterior | Front End

Always in good shape

Ultramid® meets the high dimensional stability demands as well as legal requirements for safety insurance due to its rigidity and high-impact strength.

Bumpers can be made from Elastolit®, a rigid polyurethane with particularly high-impact strength. Inside, the energy absorbing bumper cores can be made from the foam Neopolen® to make the car even lighter.

Powertrain & Chassis | E-Mobility

E-Mobility

Almost every aspect of e-mobility is impacted by chemistry starting with the cathode materials and electrolytes needed to optimize battery performance.

Our diverse portfolio of performance materials that includes engineering plastics, epoxy systems and polyurethanes can be used to create a variety of lightweight, durable components including battery pack housings, cell frames, cables, connectors and charging stations.

Interior | Dashboard

Greater safety, greater comfort

For stylish dashboards and protective panels, polyurethane-molded skins with Elastoskin® ensure fine tactile properties. The semi-rigid foam Elastoflex® is ideal for foambacking skins and molded parts, guaranteeing soft contours.

Powertrain & Chassis | Coolants

Cooling the engine

Glysantin® – the original engine coolant from BASF – has been Europe’s best selling premium-grade coolant since introduced in 1929. Glysantin® is the No. 1 coolant thanks to its unique triple action that protects engines from damage by corrosion, frost and overheating. BASF works in close cooperation with leading OEMs to develop the best coolant for each vehicle. Glysantin® has been officially approved for many years.