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Milestones - from a small company to a global player

We build and share our expertise in surface solutions and coatings for over 130 years – serving our customers since 1888.

Our coatings business was founded in Hamburg by a company for paint and colorants and has been part of BASF since 1965. In 2016, BASF acquired Chemetall, a leading global supplier of applied surface treatments for metal, plastic and glass substrates in a wide range of industries and end markets. With this expansion in portfolio, BASF becomes a more complete solution provider for coatings.

Embark on an exciting journey back in time through more than 130 years of coatings history and follow the evolution from a regional coatings company to a global provider for surface solutions.