BASF Coatings Japan Ltd. will merge with BASF Japan Ltd., effective October 1, 2012. With this merger, BASF Coatings Japan will become the coatings business unit of BASF Japan and will continue to provide coatings solutions and to further expand its business. This merger follows the merger of BASF Pozzolith with BASF Japan on July 1. "The integration of our group companies in Japan will further improve business efficiency and give customers access to the full range of BASF solutions," said Dr. Joerg-Christian Steck, president, BASF Japan. BASF Coatings Japan develops, produces and markets a range of automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinish coatings, as well as industrial coatings.