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 | Coatings

Keeping the shine

BASF offers a wide portfolio of innovative technologies and solutions for all four co...

BASF offers a wide portfolio of innovative technologies and solutions for all four coating layers – from the e-coat to the primer, the basecoat and finally the clearcoat. These technologies ensure that the paint is resistant to the year-long high stresses caused by rain, UV radiation, hot and cold temperatures, gravel from the road, and the brushes at the car wash.

The innovative e-coat CathoGuard® 800 is the leading technology for automotive corrosion protection providing excellent material properties.

BASF has also developed an innovative clearcoat, iGloss®. The extremely tough clearcoat sets new standards in scratch resistance. It reduces the creation of annoying microscratches, like those that can come about at the car wash.

BASF also develops and markets automotive aftermarket products for a comprehensive portfolio of coating solutions. The automotive refinish coatings are approved by most of the leading automotive manufacturers and are used in their authorized bodyshops.

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Powertrain & Chassis | Chassis

Safe and smooth running

Passenger comfort and driving dynamics play a crucial role in the success of a car. B...

Passenger comfort and driving dynamics play a crucial role in the success of a car. BASF products for the chassis offer maximum driving comfort, sportiness and safety. With Cellasto® damping systems, noise and vibration are effectively reduced, helping improve the overall consumer experience inside a vehicle’s cabin.

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Powertrain & Chassis | Catalytic Converter

Cleaning the air

As the global leader in catalysis, BASF has unsurpassed expertise in developing innov...

As the global leader in catalysis, BASF has unsurpassed expertise in developing innovative emission control technologies for a wide range of applications to enable clean air for a healthier, more sustainable future. New engine technologies, tightening emission regulations and fluctuating precious metals prices create emissions control challenges. We help make our customers more successful with innovative, cost-effective solutions to meet the toughest emissions control regulations.

The innovative FWC™ (four-way catalyst) combines the functionality of a TWC (three-way catalyst) with a filter to remove all four pollutants with just one component.

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Exterior | Carbody

Doors to a new world

With BASF products, the production of automotive body parts is simpler and less expen...

With BASF products, the production of automotive body parts is simpler and less expensive. The portfolio enables lightweight parts that are dimensionally stable, tough, and exhibit high-impact strength and stiffness. Simultaneously, they are especially suitable for use in parts exposed to sunlight and heat.

Door sills made from Elastolit® benefit from the plastic’s particularly high impact strength. Complex metal parts like lock covers and hinges are powder injection-molded with Catamold®, a mix of metal granules and the plastic Ultraform®. This gives the parts the quality of forged components while the production is easier and less expensive.

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Electronics | Cable System

Perfectly reliable

“Safety first” is BASF’s motto when it comes to anti-lock braking systems, electronic...

“Safety first” is BASF’s motto when it comes to anti-lock braking systems, electronic stability programs and electronic cables.  The thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer Elastollan® for cable sheaths and the soft integral foam Elastofoam® I for cable harnesses ensure smooth data flows – even under extreme conditions.

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Powertrain & Chassis | Battery Materials

Powering today’s electric vehicles

BASF’s broad battery materials portfolio includes advanced cathode active materials f...

BASF’s broad battery materials portfolio includes advanced cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries such as Nickel Cobalt Aluminum (NCA) oxides and Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) oxides, which play a key role in determining battery performance, energy density, service life and safety, as well as licensing of nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery technology. Our global research set-up and global battery materials business enable us to provide a broad expertise to our customers in the development of new battery materials. BASF is committed to serving the lithium-ion battery industry with materials, innovations and technologies that can bring battery performance of end applications such as full electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles to the next level

Find out more: www.catalysts.basf.com/batterymaterials

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Safety | Brake Fluid

Brake fluid with built-in safety features

Hydraulan® brake fluids provide maximum braking safety. As a result of numerous fleet...

Hydraulan® brake fluids provide maximum braking safety. As a result of numerous fleet tests in conjunction with the automotive industry, brake fluids from BASF stand for safety and top-class performance for the highest operating requirements.

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Exterior | Attached Parts

Always looking good

Attached parts produced with BASF products have an excellent surface quality, can be ...

Attached parts produced with BASF products have an excellent surface quality, can be painted easily, and are extremely resistant to influences like sunlight or heat.

Elastolit®  is easy to paint and has first-class mechanical characteristics. For example, BASF plastics help keep mirror housings glossy and in place.

For the inside mechanics and the mirror arms, the versatile engineering plastics of Ultramid®Ultradur® and Ultraform® are the materials of choice. They offer excellent mechanical properties and good design possibilities.

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Powertrain & Chassis | Air Filter

Sealing the air filters

BASF products help make air filters heat-resistant and feature a good relation of sti...

BASF products help make air filters heat-resistant and feature a good relation of stiffness and toughness. They can be fitted precisely and sealed in place both perfectly and reliably so they can easily fulfill their crucial role in a vehicle’s design.

The plastic Elastofoam® I material can be used for radial air filters with its foamed edge to secure filters properly in place. Air filter housings made with Ultramid® are heat resistant and remain rigid in high-temperature environments. Ultramid® housings can easily withstand temperatures of up to 120°C in the engine compartment.

Read More

Exterior | Coatings

Keeping the shine

BASF offers a wide portfolio of innovative technologies and solutions for all four coating layers – from the e-coat to the primer, the basecoat and finally the clearcoat. These technologies ensure that the paint is resistant to the year-long high stresses caused by rain, UV radiation, hot and cold temperatures, gravel from the road, and the brushes at the car wash.

The innovative e-coat CathoGuard® 800 is the leading technology for automotive corrosion protection providing excellent material properties.

BASF has also developed an innovative clearcoat, iGloss®. The extremely tough clearcoat sets new standards in scratch resistance. It reduces the creation of annoying microscratches, like those that can come about at the car wash.

BASF also develops and markets automotive aftermarket products for a comprehensive portfolio of coating solutions. The automotive refinish coatings are approved by most of the leading automotive manufacturers and are used in their authorized bodyshops.

Powertrain & Chassis | Chassis

Safe and smooth running

Passenger comfort and driving dynamics play a crucial role in the success of a car. BASF products for the chassis offer maximum driving comfort, sportiness and safety. With Cellasto® damping systems, noise and vibration are effectively reduced, helping improve the overall consumer experience inside a vehicle’s cabin.

Powertrain & Chassis | Catalytic Converter

Cleaning the air

As the global leader in catalysis, BASF has unsurpassed expertise in developing innovative emission control technologies for a wide range of applications to enable clean air for a healthier, more sustainable future. New engine technologies, tightening emission regulations and fluctuating precious metals prices create emissions control challenges. We help make our customers more successful with innovative, cost-effective solutions to meet the toughest emissions control regulations.

The innovative FWC™ (four-way catalyst) combines the functionality of a TWC (three-way catalyst) with a filter to remove all four pollutants with just one component.

Exterior | Carbody

Doors to a new world

With BASF products, the production of automotive body parts is simpler and less expensive. The portfolio enables lightweight parts that are dimensionally stable, tough, and exhibit high-impact strength and stiffness. Simultaneously, they are especially suitable for use in parts exposed to sunlight and heat.

Door sills made from Elastolit® benefit from the plastic’s particularly high impact strength. Complex metal parts like lock covers and hinges are powder injection-molded with Catamold®, a mix of metal granules and the plastic Ultraform®. This gives the parts the quality of forged components while the production is easier and less expensive.

Electronics | Cable System

Perfectly reliable

“Safety first” is BASF’s motto when it comes to anti-lock braking systems, electronic stability programs and electronic cables.  The thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer Elastollan® for cable sheaths and the soft integral foam Elastofoam® I for cable harnesses ensure smooth data flows – even under extreme conditions.

Powertrain & Chassis | Battery Materials

Powering today’s electric vehicles

BASF’s broad battery materials portfolio includes advanced cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries such as Nickel Cobalt Aluminum (NCA) oxides and Nickel Cobalt Manganese (NCM) oxides, which play a key role in determining battery performance, energy density, service life and safety, as well as licensing of nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery technology. Our global research set-up and global battery materials business enable us to provide a broad expertise to our customers in the development of new battery materials. BASF is committed to serving the lithium-ion battery industry with materials, innovations and technologies that can bring battery performance of end applications such as full electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles to the next level

Find out more: www.catalysts.basf.com/batterymaterials

Safety | Brake Fluid

Brake fluid with built-in safety features

Hydraulan® brake fluids provide maximum braking safety. As a result of numerous fleet tests in conjunction with the automotive industry, brake fluids from BASF stand for safety and top-class performance for the highest operating requirements.

Exterior | Attached Parts

Always looking good

Attached parts produced with BASF products have an excellent surface quality, can be painted easily, and are extremely resistant to influences like sunlight or heat.

Elastolit®  is easy to paint and has first-class mechanical characteristics. For example, BASF plastics help keep mirror housings glossy and in place.

For the inside mechanics and the mirror arms, the versatile engineering plastics of Ultramid®Ultradur® and Ultraform® are the materials of choice. They offer excellent mechanical properties and good design possibilities.

Powertrain & Chassis | Air Filter

Sealing the air filters

BASF products help make air filters heat-resistant and feature a good relation of stiffness and toughness. They can be fitted precisely and sealed in place both perfectly and reliably so they can easily fulfill their crucial role in a vehicle’s design.

The plastic Elastofoam® I material can be used for radial air filters with its foamed edge to secure filters properly in place. Air filter housings made with Ultramid® are heat resistant and remain rigid in high-temperature environments. Ultramid® housings can easily withstand temperatures of up to 120°C in the engine compartment.