Cool Coatings Cut Car Costs and Scoop Award

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Ecodesign Award
Stefan Sickert (Product Management basecoats BASF), Stephan Schwarte (head of Pigmentdispersion & Innovative Colors BASF) and Barbara Hendricks (minister of the environment) - Photo © IDZ | Kühnapfel Fotografie

BASF’s coatings division has won the German Federal Ecodesign Award for its Cool Coatings automotive coating technology.

Cool Coatings reflect infrared light and, in so doing, reduce the temperature on the automotive surface and interior. This passive temperature management reduces heating of the car surface by up to 20°c, which leads to a reduction of 4°c in the interior of the vehicle.

Due to the savings in air conditioning, fuel consumption can be reduced, or the range of electric cars can be extended. BASF uses the technology to support its customers in optimising vehicles’ fuel and energy efficiency.

BASF offers temperature management solutions for all types of vehicles. The special formulations can be integrated into conventional application processes without any extra effort and meet the high-quality standards for the lifecycle of a finish.

“The Cool Coatings technology allows a broad colour range. This way, even complex colours can be produced – ranging from warm, intensive colours to cool colour concepts,” said Stephan Schwarte, head of Pigmentdispersion & Innovative Colors.

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