At the end of last week, the BMW Group announced that it had become the first car manufacturer in history to use matt paints made from biomass instead of crude oil in its European plants.

In addition to the mentioned factories on the territory of Europe, where the plants in Leipzig stand out, the plants in the Republic of South Africa also use sustainably produced protection of the body from rust. Renewable raw materials, such as biodegradable waste or waste from wastewater treatment plants, serve as a starting material in the production of paint. CO2 emission savings determined by relying on the process certified by the famous house TUV, amount to more than 15 thousand tons, measured in the period from this moment to 2030.

A well-known company that plays the role of a supplier to the automotive industry, BASF enables the replacement of precursors based on hydrocarbon compounds, such as oil, for example, renewable raw materials from organic waste, starting from the early stages of paint production. This reduces the consumption of fossil resources and avoids CO2 emissions associated with the production, transport and refining of crude oil.

The corrosion protection and matt paints used in Leipzig and Roslin are chemically identical to the paints previously used, with all the reprized properties, ie those that adorn the conventionally produced body coatings. Because biologically based coatings and conventional coatings are on the same line, BASF adopts an externally certified mass balance approach.

It is claimed that a sustainable production process reduces emissions of harmful compounds CO2, which are generated as a result of paint production, by as much as 40%.

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