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Thursday January 17

BASF Coatings Research Center Now ISO 17025 Certified; Laboratories at Southfield Achieve International Standard for Testing Accuracy

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- BASF's Coatings Regional Business Unit (RBU) has achieved ISO 17025 certification for the laboratories at the company's Coatings Research Center in Southfield, Mich., at which testing is performed for its automotive component coatings systems. ISO 17025 is the international standard for conducting accurate testing of materials.

Demonstrating a verified, across-the-board quality capability is critical to a supplier's viability in the automotive industry. BASF has affirmed its commitment to meeting all customer requirements for quality in this market by achieving certification for ISO 9001 (product quality from design to supply), QS-9000 (automotive industry's quality standard that extends beyond ISO 9001 requirements) and ISO 14001 (maintaining and improving the environment and protecting human health).

"ISO 17025 certification means that BASF will optimally perform specified tests on materials we supply to our customers, that our associates are trained and qualified to conduct these tests, that all our tests are properly reported, and that all of these elements have been confirmed by an independent auditor," said Tim Flynn, Director, Quality Excellence for BASF's Coatings RBU. "Customers are demanding that the results of a supplier's testing would be as accurate and objective as those conducted by an independent laboratory or at the customer's facility. Achieving ISO 17025 certification demonstrates BASF's commitment to innovation by strengthening our customers' efficiency in bringing new materials and products from development to commercialization."

BASF recently consolidated all coatings research and development efforts in the NAFTA Region to the Coatings Research Center at the company's Automotive Campus in Southfield, Mich., which includes a planned $1 million investment in new laboratory facilities.

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