Chinese Urban Mobility: How BASF is Helping

China's automotive industry is being driven by some major mega trends, including the need to find sustainable mobility solutions.

EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, outlines the nine trends impacting the country's industry during this tremendous time of growth - from the government's emphasis on electric vehicles to how new players are changing the business models to support the new connectivity, electrification and mobility needs.

Companies have to adapt to the fast-changing dynamics across the Chinese automotive ecosystem, and do so quickly.

To help support these changes, BASF works in partnership with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC).

Founded in 1997 by General Motors Co. and SAIC Motors Group, PATAC is the design and engineering center of Shanghai General Motors and was the first auto design and development joint venture in China.

BASF and PATAC work together to address the challenges of urban mobility and living by exploring sustainable solutions ranging from automotive coatings and mobile emission catalysts to engineering plastics and polyurethanes to brake fluids.

"Building on the success of our close collaboration with BASF over the last decade, we hope to further leverage the strengths in materials science and engineering from both companies to develop more innovative and sustainable products that meet the ever-changing market demands," said Liu Qiming, Executive Vice President of PATAC.

Pictured above is a group photo from BASF and PATAC's co-creation workshop in Shanghai.

Pictured above is a group photo from BASF and PATAC's co-creation workshop in Shanghai.

Most recently, BASF and PATAC hosted a workshop as part of BASF's Creator Space™ Shanghai, a week-long series of events celebrating BASF's 150th anniversary and 130 years in China. The workshops focused on ideas and trends that may make a difference to the future of vehicle development, such as lightweight composite materials, powertrain and battery solutions, color design trends and emerging technologies like 3D printing.

Whether it's the operating environment, customer preferences, competition or supply chain - companies have to adapt to the fast-changing dynamics across the Chinese automotive ecosystem, and do so quickly. BASF is helping Chinese OEMs to address these trends, meet these needs and provide sustainable solutions.

"We are confident that our enhanced research and development capability can further support the innovation-driven transformation of China's automotive industry," said Dr. Albert Heuser, President Functions, Asia Pacific, President and Chairman Greater China, BASF.