BASF Coatings supplier for Turkey s largest household appliance manufacturer

New partnership with Arçelik A.S.

Burago/Münster, (PresseBox) - BASF Coatings Spa is now a supplier for Arçelik A.S., Europe s third largest producer of household appliances. The Turkish company, with production sites in Romania, China, and Russia, can look back on a 50-year history in the household appliance sector.

The agreement with BASF Coatings Spa calls for an initial delivery of liquid e-coat paints for coating dryers produced on the new production line at the plant in Çerkezköy, Turkey. Up to 80 percent of the appliances are destined for export. With more than 17,000 employees, 11 production sites in 4 countries, and 13 subsidiaries outside Turkey, Arçelik combines 9 of its own brands from the household appliance sector, including Grundig and Blomberg.

The partnership was based on Arçelik s good experience with BASF SE, since the latter is already supplying other products. The crucial factor for Arçelik s choice of BASF Coatings Spa as a partner was the quality of the products and the good teamwork. The Turkish company was especially impressed by the quality of BASF Coatings Spa s liquid e-coat paints and the possibilities for cutting costs in the application process.

"We are looking forward to our cooperation with Arçelik. The basis for this success was the teamwork among all the units, including sales, the lab, and customer service. And we will be proving this success again every single day," says Gianfranco Corvi, head of Sales for Appliances and General Industry in Southern Europe at BASF Coatings.

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