Excellent quality of pretreatment: Chemetall receives the European Supplier Award by Novelis

The Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, operating under the Chemetall brand, has been acknowledged by Novelis with the European Supplier Award 2020. It recognizes Chemetall for continuously pursuing excellence in quality as well as its expertise, reliability and professional services. The award, which was presented for the first time, was handed over during a virtual ceremony.

By establishing the European Supplier Awards, Novelis strives to honor and foster its partnerships with suppliers to underline its commitment to quality, sustainability and innovation as core values and drivers of business success.

Chemetall has a long-term partnership with Novelis

Novelis, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is a leading producer of flat-rolled aluminium products and the world's largest recycler of aluminium. Chemetall has maintained a long-term relationship with Novelis for more than 25 years, supplying innovative Gardobond® and Permatreat® aluminium coil passivation technologies for the automotive industry as well as other surface treatment specialties.

“Chemetall has proven to be a first-choice supplier for Novelis. Day in, day out, our operators have used Chemetall’s pretreatments – and day in, day out, Chemetall has delivered the expected quality performance,” stated Xavier Varone, Director Quality & Coil Industries Europe at Novelis. “The supplier award recognizes Chemetall for its outstanding quality and stability over the years. It is also a recognition of Chemetall’s commitment to develop excellent pretreatment in the market.”

Ulf Neidlein, Chemetall’s Vice President Surface Treatment EMEA and South America, is proud to have received this prestigious award: “It is an acknowledgement of our customer centricity, reliability, and fast responsiveness, which form the core values of our dedication.” Marcus Schinzel, Chemetall’s Global Segment Manager Coil, adds: “We are looking forward to continuing this successful partnership with Novelis to drive innovations and to deliver best-in-class quality standards.”

Novelis reviews the performance of its suppliers

Novelis has evaluated more than 50 supplier partners across three categories in terms of sustainability, innovation and quality. With the European Awards, Novelis thanked their suppliers for their valued partnership and their extraordinary contribution to the business.

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, decorative paints as well as applied surface treatments for metal, plastic and glass substrates in a wide range of industries. The portfolio is completed by the “Innovation Beyond Paint” program which aims at developing new markets and businesses. 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 2020, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about €3.1 billion.

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About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at