BASF Report 2022

Segment Profile

The Surface Technologies segment comprises the Catalysts and Coatings divisions, which offer chemical solutions for surfaces. Its portfolio serves industries such as the auto­motive and chemical sectors and includes automotive OEM and refinish coatings, surface treatment, catalysts, battery materials and precious and base metal services. We improve our customers’ applications and processes with tailored products, technologies and solutions, and support them through geographical proximity across all regions. The aim is to drive BASF’s growth by leveraging our portfolio of tech­nologies and expanding our position as a leading and innovative provider of battery materials and surface coatings solutions.


StarBloc® is a continuously developed thin-film primer technology from BASF that can make a significant contribution to more efficient, sustainable and profitable automotive coatings. StarBloc® enables paint to be applied with a reduced film thickness of just 20 μm instead of 30 μm. It also offers advantages in the application process, such as a reduced number of application robots, which also saves solvents and cleaning efforts. This means that automotive manufacturers can save a third of the materials required compared with a standard series primer. For OEMs, lower material consumption also leads to a reduction in their CO2 emissions and lower logistics costs. These environmental and process advantages are convincing automotive manufacturers around the world to switch to StarBloc®. BASF therefore expects annual sales of this product to increase fivefold to more than €20 million as early as 2023 compared with baseline 2021.

Car coating StarBloc (photo)


€21,283 million

2021: €22,659 million

EBIT before special items

€902 million

2021: €800 million

Division, products, applications



Customer industries and applications


Automotive catalysts, process catalysts and technologies, battery materials, precious and base metal services

Automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, refineries, battery manufacturers

Solutions for the protection of air quality as well as the production of fuels, chemicals, plastics and battery materials, battery material recycling


Coatings solutions for automotive applications, technology and system solutions for surface treatments, decorative paints

Automotive industry, body shops, steel industry, aviation, aluminum applications in the architecture and construction industries, household appliances, painting businesses and private consumers

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