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BASF's UK Automotive Refinish Division forms New Strategic Partnership with ECA Business Energy

BASF Automotive Refinish, a leading global supplier of premium-quality, innovative, and sustainable refinish coatings, has teamed up with ECA Business Energy, a specialist energy and carbon consultancy renowned for supporting a wide range of UK businesses successfully achieve their energy goals for over 35 years.

BASF are the largest chemical supplier for the entire automotive industry and are the front-runner in offering their customers an expansive portfolio of products with lower CO2 footprints to enable their decarbonization. This long-term strategic partnership with ECA Business Energy will work to dynamically support the UK Coatings division in their path to fulfilling BASF’s new corporate strategy to achieve CO2 neutral growth until 2030 and strive towards Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

On the road to pursuing carbon neutrality, ECA Business Energy has worked hand in hand with over 400 bodyshops since 2009 and since 2020 has also been supporting them to become Carbon Neutral in accordance with PAS 2060. ECA Business Energy offers a proven program to help such businesses offset their carbon usage through high-quality certified carbon credits. Through this energy management strategy, bodyshop owners can calculate the carbon output of their well-established repair practices and in turn reduce their energy and travel costs, attract more business, and avoid future carbon taxes.

Thanks to the innovative partnership, Glasurit®, a premium refinish paint brand of BASF, will become one of the recommended refinish paints for all UK bodyshop businesses signed with ECA Business Energy from a Carbon Reduction Perspective. BASF will work closely with ECA Business Energy to ensure a high-quality, sustainable, and efficient damage repair process across the UK bodyshop network. This will include providing services or training.

“This is an exciting partnership for us at BASF. With our innovative product portfolio, we’ve ultimately progressed towards developing sustainable products and solutions for global challenges. We’re now pushing the boundaries of technology development and lead the environmental change to improving our customer’s ecological footprint, with our Bio-Mass approach of renewable energy production and new ranges offering 40% less VOCs than other current paint lines and holding the highest eco-effectiveness ratio in the industry,” says Terry Jackson, Country Manager UK & IE – Automotive Refinish at BASF.

“ECA are delighted to be partnering with BASF in helping support their network on their carbon neutral journey,” says Steve Silverwood, Managing Director of ECA Business Energy. “It is very clear that BASF have a positive vision on the future of the environment both through their products and services and also through their relationships. We look forward to working with them over the coming years as we head down the road towards Net Zero.”

L to R: Terry Jackson (Country Manager UK & IE, BASF Automotive Refinish), Chris Weeks (Director, National Body Repair Association), Steve Silverwood (Managing Director, ECA Business Energy). Photo courtesy of the NBRA.