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Colourful coatings for bioplastic auto parts

In addition to beer and bratwurst, attendees at Germany's recent Hanover Trade Fair, which took place from April 16 to 20, were treated to the sight of two new concept cars, sporting parts made of an ...


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June 1, 2007 by Canadian Plastics



In addition to beer and bratwurst, attendees at Germany’s recent Hanover Trade Fair, which took place from April 16 to 20, were treated to the sight of two new concept cars, sporting parts made of an equally new liquid bioplastic and coated with a specially designed paint brand for plastics developed by BASF Coatings, a division of BASF.

The two prototype BioConcept vehicles, consisting of a Volkswagen Beetle and a Ford Mustang, have doors, fenders, bumpers, hood and hatch made of biofibres blended with liquid bioplastic, and coated with BASF Coatings’ R-M line of paint.

According to BASF, the R-M coating had to not only resist the toughest demands posed by the racing scene, but also precisely match the colours on sponsors’ advertising decals.

“We wanted to show that it is possible to coat a wide range of biogenic and plastics materials with a sustainable and eco-efficient paint concept and environmentally friendly coating technology,” Thorsten Schlatmann, head of R-M distribution, Germany, said.

BASF Coatings AG (Windsor, Ont.);

www.basf-coatings.de; 519-256-3155