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German-Russian coil coatings partnership
BASF Coatings and NLMK celebrate 20 years of successful cooperation
NLMK is one of BASF Coatings' most important customers in Russia for industrial coatings. It's a relationship based on mutual appreciation: "BASF Coatings is one of NLMK's few strategic partners and as one of the world's leading suppliers of industrial coatings, it guarantees top quality," explained Yuri Larin, Vice President of Technology at NLMK, at a ceremony with BASF representatives.
BASF Coatings' new head of Industrial Coatings Europe, Francisco Carlos Verza, visited the customer in Lipetsk for the first time and underlined the importance of the customer: "We would like to even more strenghten and expand our successful collaboration with NLMK in the coming years."
There will be a number of important major events in the upcoming years. Uwe Pelchen, BASF Coatings' Sales Manager for Coil Coatings in Europe, said, "In particular, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the Soccer World Cup in Russia four years later will require a number of additional infrastructure measures in the building sector. This will provide excellent opportunities to use the new coil coating products we have jointly developed."
The partnership has been in place since November 1991. Back then, a BASF delegation visited NLMK in Lipetsk for the first time and signed a supply agreement for coil coatings. Whether dealing with cultural differences or economic challenges, the relationship between the two companies has proven to be rock solid. Their mutual trust paid off in 1999. A new five-year agreement was signed and the success story continued.
For Valery Rogachov, head of Coil Coatings Technology at NLMK, one thing is sure: "We value BASF as a reliable partner who supports us with innovative coil coatings solutions in our markets."
Several milestones mark the ongoing development. In 2001, the first PEVICOAT® plant in Russia was put into operation. This paint factory features a computer-assisted mixing system that can mix any color and gloss level within a very short time - and supply the exact quantity of precisely reproducible material down to the gram. This allows the coaters to respond to customer requests quickly and flexibly and cut costs at the same time.
In 2004 and 2010, two more coil coating plants followed at NLMK. With a total of three coating plants, the Russian steel manufacturer now has a total annual capacity of approx. 580,000 tons of steel that can be refined with the coil coating process. In 2010, another PEVICOAT® plant was put into operation in Samara. This allows BASF Coatings to supply NLMK with the entire coatings system, from universal primer to topcoats.
The new plants are not the only way BASF and NLMK have joined in close cooperation. NLMK was one of BASF's first customers to launch the new topcoat portfolio POLYCERAM® Plus back in 2009.The advantage is that the new products feature substantially improved weathering behavior and stand out for their excellent robustness and flexibility, even under adverse application conditions. With precisely formulated pigment pastes, it is possible to produce nearly any color and gloss level under the sun. POLYCERAM® Plus is available on a polyester or polyurethane basis.
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