BASF Coatings will become a system partner at Nissan's plant in Barcelona, Spain, starting in September.
The agreement covers all three coating lines at the plant, which builds the Terrano II sport-utility and Almera Tino compact minivan. Light commercial vehicles and plastic bumpers are also produced there. BASF will supply the primer, base coat and clear coat.
Under the system partnership, BASF is paid on a 'cost-per-unit' basis. Nissan does not pay for the quantity of paint delivered, but rather for the perfectly painted body.
- Edmund Chew
Hella helps VW
Hella, the German lighting supplier, developed the entire lighting system for Volkswagen's prototype '1-liter' car unveiled last month.
Innovations include rear lamps built using LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that are two-thirds the weight of the current VW Polo's rear lamps. New bi-Xenon headlamps require 56 watts at low beam - three to four times less power than traditional halogen lamps. Only four cables are used for the entire illumination system.