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BASF Coatings wins award at Materialica

After winning in the Automotive Brand Contest, the company receives a second design prize for its color innovation XFine®

(PresseBox) (Münster, ) BASF Coatings' XFine® is currently thrilling the design world. After its win in the Automotive Brand Contest, BASF has now received the 2011 Materialica Design & Technology Silver Award for its color innovation in the category surface and technology. Designer Mark Gutjahr and Stephan Schwarte, head of color development, accepted the prize at the Materialica, 14th International Trade Fair for Materials Applications, Surface Technology and Product Engineering in Munich.

XFine is the designation for an intense metallic special-effect paint. The color appears particularly bright on the edges of the car body, while it has a very dark effect when viewed from the side. This transition back and forth from bright to dark uniquely highlights the contours of the car body. For years, BASF has made it a priority to develop unusual paints that unite novel design and innovative technology.

For Gutjahr, the prize is the result of good teamwork in particular. "XFine not only gives cars an inimitable design. The special-effect paint especially represents an exceptional technology that for the first time for OEM waterborne basecoats has achieved a substantially stronger metallic effect without posing highly specialized requirements for the coating process. Our labs have achieved pioneering work with XFine."

The MunichExpo Veranstaltungs GmbH has presented the Materialica Design + Technology Award for eight years. The main focus of this award is on aerospace, automotive, engineering, sports and technical consumer goods. More information on design at BASF is available at

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BASF Coatings develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. BASF has significant market positions in the Coatings sector in Europe, North America, South America and the Asia/Pacific region. In 2010 BASF Coatings achieved global sales of almost 2.6 billion Euros. The internet address of BASF Coatings is You can download a copy of BASF customer magazine Coatings Partner from