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February 21, 2017

Chemetall receives highest Airbus supplier award for the third time

Chemetall, since December 14th 2016 a global Business Unit of BASF Coatings, has been honored with the highest supplier award in the Airbus "Material & Parts SQIP" (Supply Chain & Quality Improvement Program). For the third year in a row, the leading global supplier of surface treatment technologies has achieved the "Accredited Supplier" status, which values Chemetall's outstanding performance and continuous commitment to provide top quality products and excellent delivery reliability. Only four out of a total of 68 strategic key suppliers of Airbus have received this "Accredited Supplier" award in 2016.

"We are very proud to having met the high Airbus SQIP requirements once again in 2016", says Hendrik Becker, responsible for Chemetall's Global Aerospace Segment and explains: "Our customer can rely on the ongoing commitment of the Chemetall team to maintain our excellent quality and performance standard and to accompany the Airbus growth strategy." His colleague Ronald Hendriks, Quality Manager and SQIP Coordinator, adds: "Last year, our experts Kirstin Uhl and Ulrich Eberhardt conducted three Lean Six Sigma projects together with Airbus. These projects contributed significantly to our success: we strengthened and optimized our internal and external delivery performance along the value chain and expanded our production capacity at the Langelsheim plant in Germany. We are delighted about this highest supplier award from Airbus because it acknowledges the continuous efforts of the Chemetall staff."

The aim of the SQIP program is to advance the major strategic Airbus suppliers towards the goal of industrial excellence with regard to product quality and delivery reliability. In view of increasing production rates, this goal is of particular importance. Every year, the performance of each participating supplier is reviewed and either confirmed or — in case of non-conformity with the requested quality standards — downgraded or even rejected.

Over the past 25 years, Chemetall and Airbus have established a long-lasting and successful business relationship. From production sites in Langelsheim/Germany and Soissons/France, Chemetall supplies numerous European Airbus sites with aircraft sealants, corrosion protection products, cleaners and pretreatment technologies.


Julia Murray,
VP Global Marketing Communications
Chemetall US, Inc.
675 Central Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974, USA
Phone: +1-908-508-2107



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Chemetall has received the highest "Accredited Supplier" award in the Airbus "Material & Parts SQIP" (Supply Chain & Quality Improvement Program) program for the third time. Chemetall representatives (f.l.t.r.) Kirstin Uhl, Strategic Marketing Manager and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Hendrik Becker, Global Segment Manager Aerospace and Ronald Hendriks, Quality Manager and SQIP Coordinator, and as well as Ulrich Eberhardt (not pictured), Head of the Aerospace production plant in Langelsheim/Germany, are delighted about the award.

© Airbus S.A.S, by courtesy of Airbus

About Chemetall

Chemetall, a global business unit of BASF Coatings, is a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals with a focus on processes for the surface treatment of metals, glass and plastics. Chemetall is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and comprises about 40 companies and 21 production sites worldwide. With 2,500 employees, the Group achieved sales of about 845 million US Dollars (2015). For additional information, visit

About BASF's Coatings division

The Coatings division of BASF is a global expert in the development, production and marketing of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM and refinish coatings, as well as decorative paints. We create advanced performance solutions and drive performance, design and new applications to meet our partners’ needs all over the world. BASF shares skills, knowledge and resources of interdisciplinary and global teams for the benefit of customers by operating a collaborative network of sites in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. In 2015, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about €3.2 billion.

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.

Solutions beyond your imagination — Coatings by BASF. For more information about the Coatings division of BASF and its products, visit

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at


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