BASF's 'marketplace of innovations' exposition makes India debut
Hearing the term innovation probably wouldn’t excite you as much as a lab geek who spends most of his day testing different chemical compounds with the hope of achieving desired results. But truth be told, there isn’t a single major industry today automotive included, that isn’t in some way or the other dependant on chemicals for their final output.
Speaking specifically about the art of engineering a full-fledged automobile, car manufacturers aren’t really alone in their painstaking task of bringing an operational vehicle from the drawing board to the streets.
From the paint that dresses your doors, the foam that hides behind your seat covers to the plastics that shape your cabin it’s chemicals that ultimately form the DNA of each of these countless individual components, which then come together to create a working automobile.
BASF’s recent “marketplace of innovations” exhibit at Mumbai’s NESCO grounds was a very colourful reminder of just that, but the actual depth of its contributions and the manner of its presentation to that effect left most of us quite spellbound.
Intelligent Innovations and their implications on future mobility
BASF’s one of a kind exhibition layout featured 20 colourful innovation booths, each one dedicated to a different aspect of the chemical company’s areas of operation ranging from organic solar cells, lightweight technologies, water solutions, wind sustainability and biodegradable plastics to electro-mobility solutions and modern insulation materials among other revelations.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, my colleague Priyadarshan was invited by BASF to witness first-hand a very forward-looking electric vehicle christened the Smart Forvision, which the chemical major has developed in collaboration with Daimler. Understanding the complexity and menagerie of the innovations that went into making this vehicle a reality would need an article in itself, which it has deservingly been awarded (Read : Smart Forvision - The Future of Electric Mobility).