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November 2, 2017

Chemetall to Introduce New Phosphorus-free
Gardobond® X 4548 Advanced Pretreatment at

The surface treatment global business unit of BASF's Coatings division operating under the Chemetall brand will exhibit at FABTECH 2017 on November 6–9, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Please stop by BOOTH-A6467 to see what's new in surface treatment, fabrication and finishing technologies.

Chemetall's team of technical experts is excited to attend FABTECH 2017 and share their knowledge and expertise on new advanced pretreatment products that further enhance the "Cut It. Clean It. Coat It. Control It. Conserve It.®" product portfolio. To emphasize Chemetall's commitment to advanced surface treatment technologies Gardobond® X 4548 will be introduced. This simple-to-use pretreatment can be used with multiple substrates and is compatible with mild steel equipment and tap water. Gardobond X 4548, both phosphorus-free and regulated heavy metal free meets most phosphorous discharge regulations; it is simple and cost effective to use.

In addition to Gardobond X 4548, Chemetall will also introduce a new iron phosphate: Gardobond A 4002. This new robust product is formulated using the latest advanced detergent technology. Gardobond A 4002's wide operating range makes it easy to use and control.

Suresh Patel, Director, Chemetall Mexicana will present on Wednesday, November 8 at 8:45 AM CDT. "9 Must-know Advantages to Zr-based Advanced Pretreatment" the presentation will cover best practices, practical transition steps to advanced pretreatment application in 3 and 5 stage washer systems.

Kirk Beaster, Industry Manager, Chemetall North America, will lead the "Mastering a Batch Finishing Operation" session on Wednesday, November 8 from 8:00–10:00 AM CDT. His presentation will cover "Best Practices for Manual Pretreatment Application".

Bob Bodak, Director — Process Equipment & Engineering, will share his expertise on "Process Control for the Cleaning and Prepaint Industries". This segment will be part of the new "Fundamentals of Pretreatment" session scheduled for Tuesday, November 7 from 8:00–10:00 AM.

Chemetall Contacts

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

Europe, South America, Africa,
Steffen Boberg
Chemetall GmbH
Trakehner Straße 3
60487 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Asia Pacific,
Maggie Zhou
Shanghai Chemetall Chemicals Co., Ltd.
Building 1, 316 Kang Hua Road
Kang Qiao Industrial Zone
PRC-201315 Shanghai, China

BASF Contacts

BASF Coatings
Jörg Zumkley, Media Relations
Phone: +49 2501 14-3453
BASF Coatings GmbH
Glasuritstraße 1
48165 Münster
Phone: +49 2501 14-3399

Media Relations
Phone: +49 621 60-20916
Carl-Bosch-Str. 38
67056 Ludwigshafen
Phone: +49 621 60-20916


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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