BASF SE

Carl-Bosch-Str. 38 , 67056 Ludwigshafen am Rhein
Germany

Telephone +49 621 6042239
Fax +49 621 6049497
plas.com@basf.com

This company is main exhibitor of

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 5 / C21
  • Hall 5 / D21
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K 2016 hall map (Hall 5): stand C21, stand D21

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K 2016 fairground map: Hall 5

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.001  Acetal homo and copolymers (POM)

Acetal homo and copolymers (POM)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.009  Barrier plastics

Barrier plastics

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.01  Bioplastics, biobased

Bioplastics, biobased

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.02  Bioplastics, biologically degradable

Bioplastics, biologically degradable

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.03  Bio-Polyamides
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.10  Bioplastics, starch based

Bioplastics, starch based

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.12  Compounds/Blends

Compounds/Blends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.15  Bioplastics, Certifications/Standards

Bioplastics, Certifications/Standards

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.017  Compounds (Polymer blends)

Compounds (Polymer blends)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.023  Electrically conductive plastics

Electrically conductive plastics

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.032  Granulates

Granulates

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.037  Masterbatches

Masterbatches

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.038  Pastes

Pastes

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.043  Polyamides blends

Polyamides blends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.044  Polyamid-Copolymer PA 06-66

Polyamid-Copolymer PA 06-66

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.045  Polyamid-Copolymer PA 66-06

Polyamid-Copolymer PA 66-06

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.049  Polyamide PA 06

Polyamide PA 06

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.050  Polyamide PA 610

Polyamide PA 610

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.051  Polyamide PA 612

Polyamide PA 612

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.053  Polyamide PA 66

Polyamide PA 66

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.054  Polyamids PA 06-06-T

Polyamids PA 06-06-T

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.055  Polyamide (bio-based)

Polyamide (bio-based)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.057  Polyamide-RIM-systems

Polyamide-RIM-systems

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.064  Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)

Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.065  Polybutylene terephthalate blends

Polybutylene terephthalate blends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.073  Polyethersulfone (PES, PESU)

Polyethersulfone (PES, PESU)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.089  Polyoxymethylne (POM) (s. acetal copolymers)

Polyoxymethylne (POM) (s. acetal copolymers)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.094  Polystyrene (PS)

Polystyrene (PS)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.095  Polystyrene expandable (EPS)
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.096  Polysulfone (PSU)

Polysulfone (PSU)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.100  Polyurethane thermoplastic (PUR)

Polyurethane thermoplastic (PUR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.129  Thermoplastic urethane blends TPE-U/TPU

Thermoplastic urethane blends TPE-U/TPU

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.130  Thermoplastic urethane TPE-U/TPU

Thermoplastic urethane TPE-U/TPU

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.005  Polyetherester elastomers

Polyetherester elastomers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.011  Thermoplastic PUR-elastomer

Thermoplastic PUR-elastomer

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.039  PU elastomers

PU elastomers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.005  Melamine/formaldehyde foams (MF)

Melamine/formaldehyde foams (MF)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.016  Polypropylene-foams (EPP)

Polypropylene-foams (EPP)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.017  Polystyrene foams

Polystyrene foams

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.018  Polyurethane casting resins (PUR)

Polyurethane casting resins (PUR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.019  Polyurethane casting resins rigid structural foams-RIMsystems

Polyurethane casting resins rigid structural foams-RIMsystems

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.020  Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid structural foams-RIM-systems
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.021  Polyurethane casting resins rigid foams-systems
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.022  Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid foams-systems

Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid foams-systems

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.023  Polyurethane casting resins flexible foams-systems

Polyurethane casting resins flexible foams-systems

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.024  Polyurethane casting prepolymer binder resins
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.002  Additives, other

Additives, other

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.004  Additive concentrates

Additive concentrates

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.007  Ageing stabilizers

Ageing stabilizers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.011  Amine sterically hindered
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.016  Antioxidants
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.019  Antistatic agents

Antistatic agents

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.021  Azo pigments

Azo pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.028  Fire protection agents
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.030  Colour pigments

Colour pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.036  Chrome pigments

Chrome pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.040  Effect pigments

Effect pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.041  Iron oxide pigments

Iron oxide pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.047  Color Masterbatches

Color Masterbatches

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.048  Colourants

Colourants

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.050  Dyestuffs, soluble

Dyestuffs, soluble

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.054  Liquid dyes

Liquid dyes

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.055  Functional pigments

Functional pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.065  Initiators

Initiators

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.067  Nucleating agent (see 1.10.81 Nucleating agents)

Nucleating agent (see 1.10.81 Nucleating agents)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.071  Light stabilisers (s. UV stabilizers)
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.077  Metal deactivators

Metal deactivators

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.082  Optical brighteners

Optical brighteners

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.083  Ozone resisters

Ozone resisters

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.086  Pearlescent pigments

Pearlescent pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.090  Phthalate plasticisers

Phthalate plasticisers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.091  Phthalocyanine pigments

Phthalocyanine pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.092  Pigment Black, Pigment Black Preparations

Pigment Black, Pigment Black Preparations

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.094  Policyclic pigments

Policyclic pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.097  Quencher

Quencher

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.099  Carbon black

Carbon black

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.103  Black pigments

Black pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.105  Stabilizers
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.109  Daylight fluorescent pigments

Daylight fluorescent pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.115  UV stabilizer
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.126  Plasticiser

Plasticiser

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.127  White pigments

White pigments

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.001  Adipic acid

Adipic acid

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.002  AH-salt

AH-salt

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.012  Caprolactam

Caprolactam

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.027  Hexmethylene diamind

Hexmethylene diamind

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.081  Extra springs made of micro-celled Potyurethane Elastomers

Extra springs made of micro-celled Potyurethane Elastomers

Our products

Product category: Adipic acid

Adipic acid

The most important field of application of adipic acid is the manufacture of Polyamide 6.6, which is used for the production of synthetic fibers and engineering plastics. It is also an important intermediate for plasticizers, polyesters, and polyurethanes. Its use as an acid per se is valuable in various sectors of the chemical industry.

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Product category: AH-salt

AH salt

Adipic acid and hexamethylenediamine react to form AH salt, which is manufactured in a dissolved or crystalline form. This AH salt is the intermediate used for the manufacture of polyamide 6.6, which is employed in granular form for the production of synthetic fibers and engineering plastics.

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Product category: Caprolactam

Caprolactam

Caprolactam is the basis for manufacturing polyamide 6. Due to its versatile properties, polyamide 6 forms an ideal starting point for a very wide range of products in the fields of carpeting, industrial textiles, engineering plastics, packaging film, and many more...

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Product category: Hexmethylene diamind

Hexamethylenediamine

Hexamethylenediamine and adipic acid react to form AH salt, which is manufactured in a dissolved or crystalline form. This AH salt is the intermediate used for the manufacture of polyamide 6.6, which is employed in granular form for the production of synthetic fibers and engineering plastics.

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Product category: Acetal homo and copolymers (POM), Polyoxymethylne (POM) (s. acetal copolymers)

Ultraform®

Ultraform® – the co-polymeric POM by BASF with excellent sliding friction properties!

Ultraform® is the brand name for BASF’s polyoxymethylene product range. It comprises versatile engineering plastics having a wide array of properties designed for use in sophisticated components that are capable of withstanding high stresses.

So Ultraform® is suitable for many applications in automotive manufacturing, in medical technology, for household and recreation, but also for machine and plant construction.

Ultraform® advantages are:

• high rigidity and stiffness
• good resilience properties
• excellent resistance to chemicals
• dimensional stability
• low water absorption
• low tendency to creep
• excellent sliding friction properties

The properties of Ultraform® (POM)

In view of its property profile, Ultraform® belongs to the engineering plastics. It can be thermoplastically processed and has a partially crystalline structure with a high degree of crystallization. Ultraform® is produced by the copolymerization of trioxan and another monomer. It consists of linear chains in which the co-monomers are firmly incorporated in a statistically distributed manner. These co-monomer units account for the high stability of Ultraform® during processing and when exposed to long-term heat and to chemicals. It surpasses by far the resistance of homo-polymeric polyoxymethylene.

Processing of Ultraform® (POM)

Ultraform® can be processed by all methods suitable for thermoplastics. The most important methods are injection molding and extrusion. Injection molding allows even the most complicated moldings to be mass-produced very economically.

The extrusion process is used to manufacture rods, pipes, profile sections and sheet, most of which are further machined by means of cutting tools to form finished parts.

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Product category: Bioplastics, biobased, Bioplastics, biologically degradable, Bio-Polyamides, Bioplastics, Certifications/Standards, Compounds/Blends

ecovio®

ecovio® – compostable polymers with biobased content

ecovio® is a high-quality and versatile bioplastic of BASF. The primary advantages it’s certified compostable and contains biobased content.

ecovio®:

• is a finished compound

• certified compostable worldwide

• has a variable biobased content

• is printable and weldable

The main areas of use for ecovio® are plastic films such as organic waste bags, dual-use bags (first for shopping, then for organic waste) or agricultural films. Furthermore, compostable packaging solutions such as paper-coating, shrink films, foam packaging and injection molding products can be produced with ecovio®.

Key properties

Certified compostable

Thanks to its special chemical structure, ecovio® can be biodegraded by microorganisms and their enzymes. In the conditions of an industrial composting plant – high temperature, high moisture, defined oxygen content – biodegradation only takes a few weeks. ecovio® offers various product grades that meet the following, international and national standards and regulations for industrial composting, among others:

Biobased content

With ecovio®, BASF offers a certified compostable polymer which at the same time has a variable biobased content. It consists of the compostable BASF polymer ecoflex® and polylactic acid (PLA), which is derived from the renewable resource corn. In contrast to simple starch based bioplastics, ecovio® is more resistant to mechanical stress and moisture.

High performance

ecovio® products are just as high-performing and strong in use as conventional plastics.
An ecovio® bag can take the same load as its polyethylene counterpart. The product properties were designed such that the products only fully biodegrade in compost after use.

Processing – ready for use

ecovio® is a finished product that can be used by the customer as a drop-in solution with standard plastic production procedures. Additional blending is therefore not required.

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Product category: Bio-Polyamides

Ultramid Balance

Ultramid® - Custom-made polyamide
Because of the manifold and tailor-made characteristics of Ultramid® many applications are possible, especially in automotive construction, electrical engineering and electronics, in household technology, industrial connection, photovoltaics, in construction and installation, furniture, the sanitary industry and in mechanical engineering.

BASF‘s Ultramid® grades are molding compounds on the basis of PA6, PA66 and various co-polyamides such as PA66/6. The range also includes PA610 and partially aromatic polyamides such as PA6T/6. The molding compounds are available unreinforced, reinforced with glass fibers or minerals and also reinforced with long-glass fibers for special applications. Ultramid® is noted for its high mechanical strength, stiffness and thermal stability. In addition, Ultramid® offers good toughness at low temperatures, favorable sliding friction behavior and can be processed without any problems. Owing to its excellent properties, this material has become indispensable in almost all sectors of engineering for a wide range of different components and machine elements, as a high-grade electrical insulation material and for many special applications.

Ultramid® offers an attractive combination of properties:

• High strength and rigidity
• Very good impact strength
• good elastic properties
• Outstanding resistance to chemicals  
• Dimensional stability
• Low tendency to creep
• Exceptional sliding friction properties
• Simple processing

The Ultramid® product range
The basis of the Ultramid® grades are polyamides which are supplied in a variety of molecular weights or viscosities, have a range of additives and are reinforced with glass fibers or minerals.

Ultramid® S Balance
is particularly resistant to chemicals and is also noted for its low moisture absorption. Ultramid® S Balance is preferably used in components that come into contact with media.

Properties of Ultramid® (PA)
Ultramid® is the trade name for polyamides supplied by BASF for injection molding and extrusion. The product range includes PA6 grades (Ultramid® B), PA66 grades (Ultramid® A), special polyamides like PA6T/6 (Ultramid® T) and PA610 (Ultramid® S Balance) as well as special grades based on copolyamides. Ultramid® A is produced by condensation polymerization of hexamethylene diamine and adipic acid, Ultramid® B by hydrolytic polymerization of caprolactam. These materials are obtained from petrochemical feedstocks such as benzene, cyclohexane and p-xylene.

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Product category: Electrically conductive plastics

Ultraform® N2320 C

Ultraform® N2320 C
Electrically conductive BASF plastic Ultraform with nanotubes being used by Bosch
 
 
Keeping sparks at bay
As a first, BASF is launching a plastic containing carbon nanotubes (CNT) onto the market. This material is Ultraform® N2320 C, a polyoxymethylene (POM, also: polyacetal) that, thanks to the novel additives, acquires a high level of electric conductivity without much of a decrease in toughness. This material has gone into its first serial application at Bosch, for a fuel filter housing for the Audi A4 and A5. The new type of plastic is available in commercial quantities on a worldwide basis.
For quite some time now, the pump and supply units of fuel supply modules have been made of POM such as unreinforced Ultraform S2320 003 or glassfiber-reinforced Ultraform N2200 G43. For its filter unit, however, Bosch demands compliance with the high requirements of SAE standard J1645 (version of August 2006), which can only be met by a conductive material. This standard of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommends a maximum specific volume resistance of 106 ohm.cm for materials that will be used in components through which fuel flows. Under measuring conditions according to ISO 3915 (four-point method), the conductive Ultraform attains a value of a mere 30 ohm.cm, making it 30,000 times more conductive than necessary, so that it meets the requirements of SAE J1645 with ease. This eliminates the risk of electrostatic charging and sparking as fuel flows through the filter.
Thanks to the type of additives and the way they have been incorporated, the new Ultraform has retained its POM-typical properties such as toughness, dimensional stability and elastic resilience. Moreover, when this material comes into contact with fuels, it is stronger and more creep-resistant than conventional POM, in addition to which it is less costly than other conductive plastics. Thanks to its abrasion resistance, it is just right for the manufacturing processes employed for (micro-)electronic components where, under clean-room conditions, static charging has to be prevented and the absence of dust is paramount. This material is easily processed by laser welding and injection molding. The carbon nano tubes are firmly fixed in the plastic matrix and the material can be handled safely throughout its lifetime. BASF developed Ultraform N2320 C and optimized it for this application in a collaborative effort with Bosch. Various application-technology tools from BASF’s laboratory played a role in designing the component: parts calculation using the CAE instrument ULTRASIM™, welding and burst-pressure experiments as well as creep-resistance tests. The fuel filter housing is produced in Budweis in the Czech Republic. Bosch is planning to use the new Ultraform globally.

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Product category: Polyamides blends, Polyamid-Copolymer PA 06-66, Polyamid-Copolymer PA 66-06, Polyamide PA 06, Polyamide PA 610, Polyamide PA 612, Polyamide (bio-based), Polyamide-RIM-systems, Barrier plastics, Bio-Polyamides, Polyamide PA 66, Polyamids PA 06-06-T

Ultramid®

Ultramid- Custom-made polyamide
Because of the manifold and tailor-made characteristics of Ultramid® many applications are possible, especially in automotive construction, electrical engineering and electronics, in household technology, industrial connection, photovoltaics, in construction and installation, furniture, the sanitary industry and in mechanical engineering.
BASF‘s Ultramid® grades are molding compounds on the basis of PA6, PA66 and various co-polyamides such as PA66/6. The range also includes PA610 and partially aromatic polyamides such as PA6T/6. The molding compounds are available unreinforced, reinforced with glass fibers or minerals and also reinforced with long-glass fibers for special applications. Ultramid® is noted for its high mechanical strength, stiffness and thermal stability. In addition, Ultramid® offers good toughness at low temperatures, favorable sliding friction behavior and can be processed without any problems. Owing to its excellent properties, this material has become indispensable in almost all sectors of engineering for a wide range of different components and machine elements, as a high-grade electrical insulation material and for many special applications.

Ultramid® offers an attractive combination of properties:

• High strength and rigidity
• Very good impact strength
• good elastic properties
• Outstanding resistance to chemicals
• Dimensional stability
• Low tendency to creep
• Exceptional sliding friction properties
• Simple processing

The Ultramid® product range

The basis of the Ultramid® grades are polyamides which are supplied in a variety of molecular weights or viscosities, have a range of additives and are reinforced with glass fibers or minerals.
Properties of Ultramid® (PA)

Ultramid® is the trade name for polyamides supplied by BASF for injection molding and extrusion. The product range includes PA6 grades (Ultramid® B), PA66 grades (Ultramid® A), special polyamides like PA6T/6 (Ultramid® T) and PA610 (Ultramid® S Balance) as well as special grades based on copolyamides. Ultramid® A is produced by condensation polymerization of hexamethylene diamine and adipic acid, Ultramid® B by hydrolytic polymerization of caprolactam. These materials are obtained from petrochemical feedstocks such as benzene, cyclohexane and p-xylene.

Processing of Ultramid®

Ultramid® can be processed by all methods known for thermoplastics. The main methods which come into consideration are injection molding and extrusion. Complex moldings are economically manufactured in large numbers from Ultramid® by injection molding. The extrusion method is used to produce films, semi-finished products, pipes, profiled parts, sheet and monofilaments. Semi-finished products are usually further processed by cutting tools to form finished molded parts.

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Product category: Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)

Ultradur®

Ultradur® – the polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) for high-quality components

Ultradur® is BASF’s brand name for its line of partially crystalline, thermoplastic, saturated polyesters derived from polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). They are employed as materials for high-quality technical components in many industry sectors.
Ultradur® is especially suited for components in automotive construction as well as electrical engineering and electronics, but also for household, construction and packaging applications.

Ultradur® is a highly stressable material:
high rigidity and strength
very good dimensional stability under heat
low water absorption     
good resistance to many chemicals
exceptional resistance to weathering
excellent heat ageing behavior

Ultradur® product range
The Ultradur® range includes a variety of PBT grades which differ in their flow properties, demolding and setting behavior. The unreinforced grades are used for parts with very good surface quality, with applications ranging from packaging film to filigree connectors in electrical engineering and functional parts such as gear wheels.
Ultradur® demonstrates the full potential of its positive properties in a wide range of glass-fiber reinforced grades. Depending on what is required, the Ultradur® range includes standard grades with glass fiber contents of up to 50 percent. Processed to molded parts, these Ultradur® grades are key players in assemblies that withstand high mechanical stress even at elevated temperatures, such as in the engine compartment of cars.
In addition to the pure PBT/glass fiber compounds, the range of reinforced grades also includes glass-fiber reinforced PBT blends which have been further optimized with regard to surface quality and dimensional stability. Well-known manufacturers of electronic assemblies have confidence in the reinforced Ultradur® grades as a housing material because of its outstanding performance profile and high consistency of product quality.
Special additives make the robust Ultradur® even more resistant if it is exposed to water or moisture at elevated temperatures. It was possible to show in various test systems that these specialty grades are resistant to hydrolytic attack for much longer than standard PBT. Further information on Ultradur® HR can be found in the brochure “Ultradur® HR – PBT for hot-damp environments”.
Many flame-retardant grades are available in the product range. Ultradur® for applications in the construction and electrical appliances sectors, which place special requirements on PBT’s flammability. The standard fire-retardant grades are unreinforced and available with 10, 20, or 30 percent glass-fiber reinforcement.
With the suffixes FC (Food Contact) and Aqua®, Ultradur® grades are offered specifically for components that come into contact with food and drinking water.
Ultradur® B 4520 PRO is suitable in particular for injection molding applications in the medical sector. It is noted for its low warpage and shrinkage behavior.

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Product category: Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), Polybutylene terephthalate blends

Ultradur®

Ultradur® – the polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) for high-quality components

Ultradur® is BASF’s brand name for its line of partially crystalline, thermoplastic, saturated polyesters derived from polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). They are employed as materials for high-quality technical components in many industry sectors.
Ultradur® is especially suited for components in automotive construction as well as electrical engineering and electronics, but also for household, construction and packaging applications.

Ultradur® is a highly stressable material:
high rigidity and strength
very good dimensional stability under heat
low water absorption     
good resistance to many chemicals
exceptional resistance to weathering
excellent heat ageing behavior

Ultradur® product range
The Ultradur® range includes a variety of PBT grades which differ in their flow properties, demolding and setting behavior. The unreinforced grades are used for parts with very good surface quality, with applications ranging from packaging film to filigree connectors in electrical engineering and functional parts such as gear wheels.

Ultradur® demonstrates the full potential of its positive properties in a wide range of glass-fiber reinforced grades. Depending on what is required, the Ultradur® range includes standard grades with glass fiber contents of up to 50 percent. Processed to molded parts, these Ultradur® grades are key players in assemblies that withstand high mechanical stress even at elevated temperatures, such as in the engine compartment of cars.
In addition to the pure PBT/glass fiber compounds, the range of reinforced grades also includes glass-fiber reinforced PBT blends which have been further optimized with regard to surface quality and dimensional stability. Well-known manufacturers of electronic assemblies have confidence in the reinforced Ultradur® grades as a housing material because of its outstanding performance profile and high consistency of product quality.
Special additives make the robust Ultradur® even more resistant if it is exposed to water or moisture at elevated temperatures. It was possible to show in various test systems that these specialty grades are resistant to hydrolytic attack for much longer than standard PBT. Further information on Ultradur® HR can be found in the brochure “Ultradur® HR – PBT for hot-damp environments”.
Many flame-retardant grades are available in the product range. Ultradur® for applications in the construction and electrical appliances sectors, which place special requirements on PBT’s flammability. The standard fire-retardant grades are unreinforced and available with 10, 20, or 30 percent glass-fiber reinforcement.
With the suffixes FC (Food Contact) and Aqua®, Ultradur® grades are offered specifically for components that come into contact with food and drinking water.
Ultradur® B 4520 PRO is suitable in particular for injection molding applications in the medical sector. It is noted for its low warpage and shrinkage behavior.

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Product category: Polyethersulfone (PES, PESU), Polysulfone (PSU)

Ultrason®

Ultrason® (PSU, PESU, PPSU) – the special plastic for high-quality parts

BASF’s Ultrason® grades are high-temperature resistant, amorphous thermoplastics derived from polysulfone (PSU), polyethersulfone (PESU) and polyphenylsulfone (PPSU). Their wide spectrum of properties allows them to be molded into high-quality engineering parts and highly stressed mass-produced articles.

So Ultrason® is suitable for many applications in automotive construction, in the food and household sectors, but also for membranes used for water filtration as well as electric and electronic components.

The extraordinary property profile of Ultrason®:

• high stiffness
• high mechanical strength
• low dependence of the properties on the temperature
• very high long-term service temperature
• favorable dielectric properties
• very favorable behavior in case of exposure to fire
• excellent hydrolysis resistance
• good dimensional stability
• good electrical insulating capacity

Characteristic properties of Ultrason® (PESU, PSU, PPSU)
Ultrason® is the tradename for BASF's polysulfone (Ultrason® S), polyethersulfone (Ultrason® E) and polyphenylsulfone (Ultrason® P) product lines. It covers products for injection molding and extrusion and specialties for the preparation of solutions.

Ultrason® E, S and P mouldings have excellent dimensional stability and remain strong, rigid and tough at temperatures close to the glass transition point.
The key features of Ultrason® are:

• Temperature-independent properties
• Very high long-term service temperatures
• Good dimensional stability
• High stiffness
• High mechanical strength
• Good electrical insulation properties
• Favorable dielectric properties
• Very good fire behaviour
• Excellent hydrolysis resistance

Processing of Ultrason® (PESU, PSU, PPSU)
Ultrason® can be processed by all the known techniques adopted for thermoplastics, the most
important of which are injection molding and extrusion.

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Product category: Polystyrene (PS)

Polystyrol®

Polystyrol®
The plastic polystyrene (PS) is a standard plastic from BASF’s styrene plastics range. It is used in the packaging industry, for the internal lining of refrigerators, and as a casing material for numerous domestic and office products. Within BASF, polystyrene is processed further to create insulation products: these include the green foam panels Styrodur® (XPS: extruded polystyrene) and the extrusion-based foam precursors Neopor® and Styropor® (EPS: expandable polystyrene).

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Product category: Polystyrene expandable (EPS)

Styropor® – the classic among insulating materials

Styropor® – the classic among insulating materials

Styropor®, an expandable polystyrene (EPS) was invented by BASF in 1951 and today is a classic among the raw materials employed for cost-effective con¬struction as well as efficient and reliable packaging. These granules translate into a constant high quality of the products and business processes. With its worldwide production sites, BASF stands for proximity to customers, delivery reliability as well as advanced technical support.
The most important properties of Styropor® are:

• excellent thermal insulation capacity

• high compressive strength

• outstanding impact absorption

• low weight

• imperviousness to moisture

Processing of Styropor®, Neopor® und Peripor®

The further processing of Styropor®, Neopor® and Peripor® (EPS) into foam blocks and molded parts in processing operations throughout the world is nor¬mally done in three processing stages: pre-expansion, intermediate storage, expansion.
During the pre-expansion process, the compact raw material is transformed into a closed-cell foam. The size of the pearl-like granules changes in this process. The pre-expansion process as well as the further processing into foam blocks and molded parts are characterized by low energy consumption and short cycle times. The uniformly high and controlled quality of the raw materials ensures trouble-free manufacturing.

Certain products are only suitable for the production of foam particles and are used, for example, as aggregates for porous concrete, insulating plaster and porous bricks.

After an appropriate intermediate storage time, EPS is expanded in conventional block molds to make foams.

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Product category: Polyurethane thermoplastic (PUR)

Elastollan®

Elastollan® is the registered trade mark of our thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers (TPU),
which are available in unplasticized form in a hardness range from 60 Shore A to 74 Shore D. These materials are distinguished by the following properties:

• high wear and abrasion resistance
• high tensile strength and outstanding resistance to tear propagation
• excellent damping characteristics
• very good low-temperature flexibility
• high resistance to oils, greases, oxygen and ozone.

Thermoplastic Special Elastomers
Elastollan® is a versatile material, offering highest innovation potential. The TPU - thermoplastic PU elastomer - developed, made and marketed by BASF Polyurethanes can be processed with various methods.
Elastollan features an extraordinary property profile combining elasticity with resistance over a wide range of temperatures. It is abrasion- and impact-resistant, has a good elastic recovery, is tear and kink-resistant as well as oil- and grease-resistant. Moreover, Elastollan can be modified for specific applications, by glass-fibre reinforcement, for instance.

Elastollan® - for every situation
The application possibilities for Elastollan® are virtually unlimited. They range from the tiny, millimetre sized, high precision transmission cogs of a power drill to a more than two metre long car body side panel. Elastollan is, according to application, acceptable for contact with foodstuffs and potable water, is resistant to microbiological activity and to the influences of weather and high energy irradiation. Elastollan offers effective and consistent processibility, is easily coloured and is recyclable. A material for every situation.

Elastollan® in the motor vehicle
 No other industry has such wide-ranging specifications for materials as the automotive industry. Elastollan® provides this branch of industry with a material which satisfies its needs for quality and reproducibility and which moreover stands out for material properties such as low temperature flexibility, good appearance and damping, resistance to oils, abrasion resistance and durability.

Elastollan® in agriculture

More so than in many other industrial sectors, both farming and fishing impose high demands on the strength and resistance of the materials employed. Elastollan products meet these criteria of long term resistance to physical, chemical and biological influences.

Cables with Elastollan® sheathing
Elastollan®sheathing for cables and connectors meets the most stringent criteria for the protection of valuable and sensitive power and control cables. Functional efficiency and reliability are substantially enhanced. Downtime and failures are minimised.

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Product category: Thermoplastic urethane blends TPE-U/TPU

Elastollan Grade C

Elastollan Grade C

Characteristic properties
Thermoplastic polyester polyurethane elastomers with excellent mechanical properties, e. g. high tensile strength, very good damping behaviour and elastic recovery, very good wear performance, low temperature flexibility and improved hydrolysis resistance, recycleable

Typical applications
Spiral tubing, pneumatic tubing, round and v-belting, technical mouldings, e. g. bushes, dust-caps, seals, blow moulded bellows, mining screens, v-belts

Processability
Processable by injection moulding, extrusion and blow moulding
Process temperature (injection moulding): 170ºC to 240ºC
Mould temperature: 20ºC to 70ºC
Process temperature (extrusion): 150ºC to 230ºC

 

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Product category: Thermoplastic urethane blends TPE-U/TPU

Elastollan®

Elastollan®

Elastollan® is the registered trade mark of our thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers (TPU),
which are available in unplasticized form in a hardness range from 60 Shore A to 74 Shore D. These materials are distinguished by the following properties:

• high wear and abrasion resistance
• high tensile strength and outstanding resistance to tear propagation
• excellent damping characteristics
• very good low-temperature flexibility
• high resistance to oils, greases, oxygen and ozone.

Thermoplastic Special Elastomers
Elastollan® is a versatile material, offering highest innovation potential. The TPU - thermoplastic PU elastomer - developed, made and marketed by BASF Polyurethanes can be processed with various methods.
Elastollan features an extraordinary property profile combining elasticity with resistance over a wide range of temperatures. It is abrasion- and impact-resistant, has a good elastic recovery, is tear and kink-resistant as well as oil- and grease-resistant. Moreover, Elastollan can be modified for specific applications, by glass-fibre reinforcement, for instance.

Elastollan® - for every situation
The application possibilities for Elastollan® are virtually unlimited. They range from the tiny, millimetre sized, high precision transmission cogs of a power drill to a more than two metre long car body side panel. Elastollan is, according to application, acceptable for contact with foodstuffs and potable water, is resistant to microbiological activity and to the influences of weather and high energy irradiation. Elastollan offers effective and consistent processibility, is easily coloured and is recyclable. A material for every situation.

Elastollan® in the motor vehicle
 No other industry has such wide-ranging specifications for materials as the automotive industry. Elastollan® provides this branch of industry with a material which satisfies its needs for quality and reproducibility and which moreover stands out for material properties such as low temperature flexibility, good appearance and damping, resistance to oils, abrasion resistance and durability.

Elastollan® in agriculture

More so than in many other industrial sectors, both farming and fishing impose high demands on the strength and resistance of the materials employed. Elastollan products meet these criteria of long term resistance to physical, chemical and biological influences.

Cables with Elastollan® sheathing
Elastollan®sheathing for cables and connectors meets the most stringent criteria for the protection of valuable and sensitive power and control cables. Functional efficiency and reliability are substantially enhanced. Downtime and failures are minimised.

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Product category: PUR-Elastomers

Elastoskin® – Premium Surfaces

Elastoskin® – Premium Surfaces
Design, horse power and consumption are no longer the only crucial indicators for the success or failure of a car. More than ever before, interiors and cockpits ranging from comfortable to luxurious also play an important role. This is an area in which PU products are proving their worth as the top in quality, functionality, robustness and durability.
 
A Class of its Own
PU has much to offer for surface technology for instrument panels: outstanding material properties and an enormous processing versatility. With our PU systems, we achieve a high-quality interior look and a particularly pleasant feel. The sprayed skin made of Elastoskin® fulfils the demanding standards of interior design. Here the surface covering of the instrument panel has a considerable effect on the impression of quality and design and sets a trend for further application possibilities.
 
The special advantage of the Elastoskin sprayed skin is its convincing feel. Both its touch and its performance under pressure withstand the strictest criteria and provide for a soft, pleasant surface covering. This impression is supported by the foam backing used, which is the PU semi-hard system Elastoflex® E.
 
Premium Material for Premium Feeling
Apart from the feel-good factor, Elastoskin also scores high in that it has very good demoldability, high resistance to ageing and an exact imageability of contours. Colour shading and the integration of additional construction units during the spraying process are also possible. Polychromatism can be realised during the IMC spraying procedure with the aid of masking, whereby the entire area of the second colour is covered during spraying.
 
With Elastoskin the reactivity can also be accurately adjusted together with the operating stability of the material controlled within the tool. In this way, an even skin thickness is achieved over the whole surface. The low emissions present a further advantage. The spraying process using an aromatic PU system clearly produces lower emissions than comparable procedures. Moreover, it offers outstanding surface quality and this during a high degree of freedom in the implementation of complex geometry. Even the economic aspects are right, because with the aromatic PU there are shorter formatting times and therefore the use of the parting agent can be clearly reduced. A long tool life span also has a favourable effect on the total costs.

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Product category: PUR-Elastomers

Elastoskin® – Premium Surfaces

Elastoskin® – Premium Surfaces
Design, horse power and consumption are no longer the only crucial indicators for the success or failure of a car. More than ever before, interiors and cockpits ranging from comfortable to luxurious also play an important role. This is an area in which PU products are proving their worth as the top in quality, functionality, robustness and durability.
 
A Class of its Own
PU has much to offer for surface technology for instrument panels: outstanding material properties and an enormous processing versatility. With our PU systems, we achieve a high-quality interior look and a particularly pleasant feel. The sprayed skin made of Elastoskin® fulfils the demanding standards of interior design. Here the surface covering of the instrument panel has a considerable effect on the impression of quality and design and sets a trend for further application possibilities.
 
The special advantage of the Elastoskin sprayed skin is its convincing feel. Both its touch and its performance under pressure withstand the strictest criteria and provide for a soft, pleasant surface covering. This impression is supported by the foam backing used, which is the PU semi-hard system Elastoflex® E.
 
Premium Material for Premium Feeling
Apart from the feel-good factor, Elastoskin also scores high in that it has very good demoldability, high resistance to ageing and an exact imageability of contours. Colour shading and the integration of additional construction units during the spraying process are also possible. Polychromatism can be realised during the IMC spraying procedure with the aid of masking, whereby the entire area of the second colour is covered during spraying.
 
With Elastoskin the reactivity can also be accurately adjusted together with the operating stability of the material controlled within the tool. In this way, an even skin thickness is achieved over the whole surface. The low emissions present a further advantage. The spraying process using an aromatic PU system clearly produces lower emissions than comparable procedures. Moreover, it offers outstanding surface quality and this during a high degree of freedom in the implementation of complex geometry. Even the economic aspects are right, because with the aromatic PU there are shorter formatting times and therefore the use of the parting agent can be clearly reduced. A long tool life span also has a favourable effect on the total costs.

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Product category: PUR-Elastomers

Elastoflex W®

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Product category: PUR-Elastomers

Elastoflex® W – Flexible Foam Systems

Elastoflex® W – Flexible Foam Systems
Seating foams for vehicles and upholstery
MDI, TDI and MDI-TDI based foams are tailor-made with densities from 35 to 60 kg/m³ according to customer specification. Ergonomically designed seat and arm rest components can be produced as multi-zone foams using PU foams of different rigidities in just one processing step. They feature outstanding properties in terms of continued use and sitting comfort. Example: the flame-proof seating foams used for railways and aviation comply with all customary fire protection standards.
Efficient and economic
• seats, arm rests and back rests in different rigidities can be made from one system using the same equipment
• inserted lining fabric can be foamed directly (for office chairs)
• upholstery cores can be foamed in

 Acoustic foams
Both Elastoflex W® based elastic foams for airborne noise and visco-elastic or high-insulation foams for structure-borne noise insulation comply with all acoustic requirements. Carpeting can be foam backed entirely or partially. Just like engineencapsulation, dash cowl claddings or encapsulation of electronic components.
 
 CosyPUR®
CosyPUR is the new polyurethane mold flexible foam of BASF Polyurethanes with specifically adjustable product properties by its cell morphology. CosyPUR is modifiable from ultrasoft to visco-elastic and extends the application possibilities of mold flexible foams. CosyPUR, the multitalented mold flexible foam, is suitable for the production of pillows, seats, office furniture, back rests, orthopaedic products and many more.

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Product category: PUR-Elastomers

Elastoflex®

Elastoflex® E – Semi-Rigid Systems
Elastoflex®E is the name of demand-driven, tailor-made, semi-rigid PU foam systems as used for foam backing films, skins or leather, for example.
Elastoflex® E offers special benefits: It is economic thanks to its short demoulding cycle, low material consumption and high process safety and makes material and energy savings possible by its lower foam density with 'lightweight' systems. When combined with PVC-, ABS- and PU-films, PU achieves good adhesion. In the automotive sector noise and vibration dampening can achieve high driving comfort in vehicle interiors. With fogging values below 0.5 mg according to DIN 75201 emissions in the passenger compartment are low.

Elastoflex® E foam systems for foam backed moulded parts in vehicle interiors comply with the demands made by automobile manufacturers for:
• improved passenger protection by load distribution during impact
• Hidden Airbag solutions
• single-shot foam backing for a highly complex moulding geometry (dashboard incl. storage compartment) with long flow paths
• good adhesion to films and skins
• good adhesion to the instrument panel beams as well as to reinforcing and fixing components
• weight savings obtained by a semi-rigid foam of low density
• short demoulding cycle
• excellent elasticity and good thermal and anti-freezing resistance of finished parts
• process safety
• defined soft touch for finished parts

Beam components in fibre-reinforced Elastoflex® E semi-rigid systems for manufacturing low-cost, lightweight and yet stiff, parts as a unified whole including decor and space for fittings. Sliding roof linings for sun roofs or door side panels can be manufactured using impregnation as well as injection processes.

LFI-PU using Elastoflex® E

The LFI-PU process (long-fibre injection process) developed by Krauss-Maffei and BASF Polyurethanes makes it possible to produce glass fibre-reinforced door claddings, glove compartments, back rests and the like in one single processing step:
• comparatively low investment cost
• reduced punchings
• lower cost roving (instead of more expensive continuous fibre glass mats)
• extensive use of existing moulds/dies
• easy and self-releasing Elastoflex® E grades possible
• finished parts with comparable or smaller wall thickness without impaired strength
• high dimensional stability and fit of moulded parts

Thermo slabstock foam systems based on Elastoflex® semi-rigid systems
for manufacturing ultra-lightweight composite structures: automotive applications such as roof cladding elements.
Using thermo-plastically mouldable middle layers of this special foam system, contoured, large-format sound insulating surface elements can be joined.

Energy-absorbing Elastoflex semi-rigid systems:
Applications as shock absorbing elements to protect the human body against impact and fragile goods against heavy impact loads.

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Product category: PUR-Elastomers

Elastoflex® E – Semi-Rigid Systems

Elastoflex® E – Semi-Rigid Systems
Elastoflex®E is the name of demand-driven, tailor-made, semi-rigid PU foam systems as used for foam backing films, skins or leather, for example.
Elastoflex® E offers special benefits: It is economic thanks to its short demoulding cycle, low material consumption and high process safety and makes material and energy savings possible by its lower foam density with 'lightweight' systems. When combined with PVC-, ABS- and PU-films, PU achieves good adhesion. In the automotive sector noise and vibration dampening can achieve high driving comfort in vehicle interiors. With fogging values below 0.5 mg according to DIN 75201 emissions in the passenger compartment are low.

Elastoflex® E foam systems for foam backed moulded parts in vehicle interiors comply with the demands made by automobile manufacturers for:

• improved passenger protection by load distribution during impact
• Hidden Airbag solutions
• single-shot foam backing for a highly complex moulding geometry (dashboard incl. storage compartment) with long flow paths
• good adhesion to films and skins
• good adhesion to the instrument panel beams as well as to reinforcing and fixing components
• weight savings obtained by a semi-rigid foam of low density
• short demoulding cycle
• excellent elasticity and good thermal and anti-freezing resistance of finished parts
• process safety
• defined soft touch for finished parts

Beam components in fibre-reinforced Elastoflex® E semi-rigid systems for manufacturing low-cost, lightweight and yet stiff, parts as a unified whole including decor and space for fittings. Sliding roof linings for sun roofs or door side panels can be manufactured using impregnation as well as injection processes.

LFI-PU using Elastoflex® E
The LFI-PU process (long-fibre injection process) developed by Krauss-Maffei and BASF Polyurethanes makes it possible to produce glass fibre-reinforced door claddings, glove compartments, back rests and the like in one single processing step:
• comparatively low investment cost
• reduced punchings
• lower cost roving (instead of more expensive continuous fibre glass mats)
• extensive use of existing moulds/dies
• easy and self-releasing Elastoflex® E grades possible
• finished parts with comparable or smaller wall thickness without impaired strength
• high dimensional stability and fit of moulded parts

Thermo slabstock foam systems based on Elastoflex® semi-rigid systems
for manufacturing ultra-lightweight composite structures: automotive applications such as roof cladding elements.
Using thermo-plastically mouldable middle layers of this special foam system, contoured, large-format sound insulating surface elements can be joined.

Energy-absorbing Elastoflex semi-rigid systems:
Applications as shock absorbing elements to protect the human body against impact and fragile goods against heavy impact loads.

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Product category: PUR-Elastomers

CosyPUR®

CosyPUR®
CosyPUR is the new polyurethane mold flexible foam of BASF Polyurethanes with specifically adjustable product properties by its cell morphology. CosyPUR is modifiable from ultrasoft to visco-elastic and extends the application possibilities of mold flexible foams. CosyPUR, the multitalented mold flexible foam, is suitable for the production of pillows, seats, office furniture, back rests, orthopaedic products and many more.

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Product category: Thermoplastic PUR-elastomer

Elastollan®

Elastollan®

Elastollan® is the registered trade mark of our thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers (TPU),
which are available in unplasticized form in a hardness range from 60 Shore A to 74 Shore D. These materials are distinguished by the following properties:

• high wear and abrasion resistance
• high tensile strength and outstanding resistance to tear propagation
• excellent damping characteristics
• very good low-temperature flexibility
• high resistance to oils, greases, oxygen and ozone.

Thermoplastic Special Elastomers
Elastollan® is a versatile material, offering highest innovation potential. The TPU - thermoplastic PU elastomer - developed, made and marketed by BASF Polyurethanes can be processed with various methods.
Elastollan features an extraordinary property profile combining elasticity with resistance over a wide range of temperatures. It is abrasion- and impact-resistant, has a good elastic recovery, is tear and kink-resistant as well as oil- and grease-resistant. Moreover, Elastollan can be modified for specific applications, by glass-fibre reinforcement, for instance.

Elastollan® - for every situation
The application possibilities for Elastollan® are virtually unlimited. They range from the tiny, millimetre sized, high precision transmission cogs of a power drill to a more than two metre long car body side panel. Elastollan is, according to application, acceptable for contact with foodstuffs and potable water, is resistant to microbiological activity and to the influences of weather and high energy irradiation. Elastollan offers effective and consistent processibility, is easily coloured and is recyclable. A material for every situation.

Elastollan® in the motor vehicle
 No other industry has such wide-ranging specifications for materials as the automotive industry. Elastollan® provides this branch of industry with a material which satisfies its needs for quality and reproducibility and which moreover stands out for material properties such as low temperature flexibility, good appearance and damping, resistance to oils, abrasion resistance and durability.

Elastollan® in agriculture

More so than in many other industrial sectors, both farming and fishing impose high demands on the strength and resistance of the materials employed. Elastollan products meet these criteria of long term resistance to physical, chemical and biological influences.

Cables with Elastollan® sheathing
Elastollan®sheathing for cables and connectors meets the most stringent criteria for the protection of valuable and sensitive power and control cables. Functional efficiency and reliability are substantially enhanced. Downtime and failures are minimised.

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Product category: Melamine/formaldehyde foams (MF)

Basotect®

Basotect® is a flexible, open cell foam made from melamine resin, a thermoset polymer. Its characteristic feature is its three-dimensional network structure consisting of slender and thus easily shaped webs.
Properties of Basotect®

… resulting from the basic
melamine resin:
• Flame resistance (without the addition of flame retardants)
• Application temperature up to 240°C
• Abrasiveness
• Constant physical properties over a wide temperature range … resulting from the open-cell
foam structure:

• Low weight
• Good thermal insulation properties
• High sound absorption capacity
• Low-temperature flexibility

Sound absorption

Basotect®’s open-cell surface guarantees that sound waves are not reflected as an echo but can penetrate the cell structure unhindered. The sound energy is reduced in the cell structure, giving Basotect an excellent sound absorption capacity. At low frequencies, improved sound can be achieved, by adding layers of a heavier material, for example.

Chemical resistance

Thanks to Basotect®’s highly cross-linked structure, it is resistant to all organic solvents. When it comes to acids and alkalis, the resistance has to be checked in concrete application cases since the temperature, the exposure time and the concentration all have a great deal of influence on the resistance of the foam to these media.

Fire behavior

Basotect® meets the most important international fire safety standards. Basotect’s long-term resistance to high temperatures and excellent fire characteristics are based on the melamine resin used. The high nitrogen content of the resin is responsible for the extremely flameresistant property of the foam without the need to use fire retardants. Basotect is a thermoset, and thus, in the event of a fire, the material does not melt or produce burning droplets when it comes into contact with flames. The foam simply chars and produces a small amount of smoke, and there is no afterglow, making Basotect particularly suitable for applications with high fire safety requirements. In tests on the fire characteristics required to meet national and international standards, Basotect achieves the highest classification possible for organic materials.
Eco-friendliness

Basotect® is produced without using halogenated hydrocarbons, flame retardants and/or toxic heavy metals. Basotect does not contaminate water. The supplied product is free of blowing agents and is not subject to labeling requirements under the German hazardous material regulations.

Basotect is certified to the Oeko®-Tex Standard 100. Solutions with Basotect reduce the weight of the components, thus contributing to energy savings and to a reduction in emissions in transportation applications.

The excellent cleaning effect is achieved without the need for any other chemical cleaning agents. Thanks to the product’s property profile, Basotect contributes to efficient energy utilization and to improving the well-being of people in buildings and vehicles.

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Product category: Polypropylene-foams (EPP)

Neopolen® P

Neopolen® P
 Neopolen® P is a polypropylene foam (EPP). Its expanded beads are predominantly closed-cell. It is supplied to molders in the form of loose beads for processing into a wide variety of foam parts on automated processing equipment. A molded density between 20 and 120 kg/m3 can be obtained with the standard product range. The foam beads are manufactured and processed in an eco-friendly manner without FCHCs.

Molded parts of Neopolen® P exhibit a wide range of properties:

• Essentially unchanged energy absorption after repeated impact load
• Can be recycled by a variety of methods
• Environmentally friendly
• Easy to clean and sterilize
• Isotopic deformation performance, independent of the direction of impact
• Negligible water absorption
• Functions reliably over a wide range of temperature
• Molding density adjustable to meet specific requirements
• Good heat insulating properties

Neopolen® P-Applications
Advantages of applications made by Neopolen® P:

• Fast realization of components with all kinds of complex geometry
• Possible production of hybrid components
• Weight reduction
• Environmentally friendly through low emission and recyclability
• High temperature resistance
• High energy and cushioning properties

 

Neopolen® P combines many functions in one

As an engineering material with a many-sided spectrum of properties, it performs several functions at once. The molded parts of foamed plastic are equally suitable for packaging, for casings, as impact protection and as heat and sound insulation, e. g. for electronic devices and heating equipment. Therefore, new design possibilities are opened up in the field of technical and electronic devices. Components such as ventilator fans or electronic components that were previously fastened in metal holding devices can be reliably anchored by closefitting insertion into the viscoelastic assembly frame of Neopolen® P. This saves time and weight while simultaneously assuring a high level of transportation safety.

Components made by Neopolen® P support the megatrends of the automotive industry

Due to its mechanical properties Neopolen® P is particularly suitable for components subject to impact stress. The low weight, high energy absorption and good deformation performance of Neopolen P, even after repeated impact load, are outstanding qualities for components in automotive construction. Neopolen P also has negligible water absorption, can be relied upon to function reliably over a wide range of temperature, and is thus predestined for internal and external applications in automotive construction.

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Product category: Polystyrene foams

Styropor®

Styropor® – the classic among insulating materials

Styropor®, an expandable polystyrene (EPS) was invented by BASF in 1951 and today is a classic among the raw materials employed for cost-effective con¬struction as well as efficient and reliable packaging. These granules translate into a constant high quality of the products and business processes. With its worldwide production sites, BASF stands for proximity to customers, delivery reliability as well as advanced technical support.

The most important properties of Styropor® are:

• excellent thermal insulation capacity

• high compressive strength

• outstanding impact absorption

• low weight

• imperviousness to moisture

Processing of Styropor®, Neopor® und Peripor®

The further processing of Styropor®, Neopor® and Peripor® (EPS) into foam blocks and molded parts in processing operations throughout the world is nor¬mally done in three processing stages: pre-expansion, intermediate storage, expansion.
During the pre-expansion process, the compact raw material is transformed into a closed-cell foam. The size of the pearl-like granules changes in this process. The pre-expansion process as well as the further processing into foam blocks and molded parts are characterized by low energy consumption and short cycle times. The uniformly high and controlled quality of the raw materials ensures trouble-free manufacturing.

Certain products are only suitable for the production of foam particles and are used, for example, as aggregates for porous concrete, insulating plaster and porous bricks.

After an appropriate intermediate storage time, EPS is expanded in conventional block molds to make foams.

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins (PUR)

Elasturan - Cold Cast Elastomers

Elasturan® – Cold Cast Elastomers

Elasturan® cold cast elastomers are two-component PU high-performance systems. They are easy to handle, supplied in a wide variety of shore hardnesses and economic in use, making complex moulded part geometries possible also in conjunction with other materials.

Elasturan polyester systems boast special features in terms of strength. High tensile and tear propagation strength as well as very good resistance to abrasion and cutting are hallmarks of these systems. Polyester systems also boast good resistance to oil.

Elasturan polyether systems are particularly well suited for applications involving high dynamic loads. These systems combine very good impact resilience with high hydrolysis and microbial resistance. They also feature particularly good abrasion resistance and high strength.

Elasturan® 6010
protection provided by transparent sheathing
Application examples:
• Sheathing of lifting and carrying belts
• Fabric coating
• Coating of conveyor belts
• Impact protection components
• Industrial edge protectors
 

Elasturan® 6020
abrasion resistant and dimensionally stable
Application examples:
• Sieves for abrasive bulk materials
• Belt scrapers and share bars
• Transport stars and rollers
• Roller coating
• Floor protection mats for heavy construction machinery
• Casing components
• Coating of deburring drums
 

Elasturan® 6030
wear- and hydrolysis-resistant
Application examples:
• Pump components and casings
• Outdoor pipe coatings
• Container linings
• Vehicle floor mats
• Pigs and cyclones
 
Elasturan® 6040
withstands extreme dynamic loads and abrasion
Application examples:
• Heavy load rollers
• Deflection pulleys
• Guide pulleys
• Guide rolls and fixed rollers
• Idler pulleys
 

Elasturan® 6050
very good dynamics, high strength, resistant to hydrolysis and low temperatures
Application examples:
• Special coatings of conveyor belts
• Hydrolysis and abrasion-resistant chute coatings
• Coatings of truck floors
• Bumpers
• Clutch components
• Buoy coatings
 

Elasturan® 6060
high resistance to dynamic and mechanical loads
Application examples:
• Inline-skate wheels
• Special wheels/rollers
• High-performance pump components

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins rigid structural foams-RIMsystems

Elastolit® D (Rigid Integral Systems)

Elastolit® D (Rigid Integral Systems)
Featuring a sandwich-type structure - tight skin and microporous core - Elastolit D is ideally suited for manufacturing high-quality moulded parts of high stiffness and low weight. As only low internal mould pressures are required, large-format parts can be produced economically. Reinforcements can be integrated as well as force-introducing components.

Likewise, complex 3D parts with long flow paths and filigree sections can be produced with high precision. Elastolit also achieves good temperature and sound insulation levels. On request Elastolit D can be supplied as an easy mould-release and flame-proof grade complying with a variety of standards (UL 94, DIN 5510).

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins rigid structural foams-RIMsystems

Elastolit® D/K/R – Rigid Integral- and RIM-Systems

Elastolit® D/K/R – Rigid Integral- and RIM-Systems
Elastolit® D and Elastolit® K are the integral rigid foam and compact duromer systems made by BASF. Boasting a wide variety of properties, these polyurethane systems constitute high-quality, economic alternatives to classic construction materials such as wood and metal or thermosetting materials and engineering thermoplastics.
 Thanks to their extensive property profiles, Elastolit® D and Elastolit® K are used in a multitude of areas such as indoor and outdoor construction and for interior design components, complex furniture, car interiors, skis and snowboards as well as operational components.
 Elastolit® D (Rigid Integral Systems)
Featuring a sandwich-type structure - tight skin and microporous core - Elastolit® D is ideally suited for manufacturing high-quality moulded parts of high stiffness and low weight. As only low internal mould pressures are required, large-format parts can be produced economically. Reinforcements can be integrated as well as force-introducing components.

Likewise, complex 3D parts with long flow paths and filigree sections can be produced with high precision. Elastolit® also achieves good temperature and sound insulation levels. On request Elastolit® D can be supplied as an easy mould-release and flame-proof grade complying with a variety of standards (UL 94, DIN 5510).
 
Elastolit® K (Compact Rigid Integral Systems)
Elastolit® K is a micro-cellular almost solid material characterised by economic processability. Large-format parts with long flow paths and wall thickness of preferably 3 to 6 mm can be produced with high inherent stiffness and good strength. Filigree part geometries as with thermoplastic materials are possible thanks to the visco-plastic properties of Elastolit® K and moulded parts can also be produced complete with snap-in connectors.
This material is also attractive for medium-sized lots, as low-cost aluminium moulds can be used and cycle times are short. On request Elastolit® K can be supplied as an easy mould-release and flame-proof grade complying with a variety of standards (UL 94, DIN 5510).
 
Elastolit® R (RIM-Systems)
The outstanding feature of Elastolit® R - also a microcellular, almost solid material - is its high impact strength even at extremely low temperatures. The stiffness of moulded parts can be increased still further by adding glass and mineral fibres as a reinforcement. Finished parts are used predominantly in the automotive sector for car exteriors (front and rear skirts, door sill scuff plates) and for commercial vehicles (large-format claddings, fenders, etc.). Finished part wall thickness generally range from 3 to 4 mm and mould release time from 30 to 180 seconds. Using newly developed systems, exterior parts with good inherent stiffness can be produced with a wall thickness of only 2 mm and a mould release time of 30 seconds (thin-wall technology).

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid structural foams-RIM-systems

Elastolit® D/K/R – Rigid Integral- and RIM-Systems

Elastolit® D/K/R – Rigid Integral- and RIM-Systems
Elastolit® D and Elastolit® K are the integral rigid foam and compact duromer systems made by BASF. Boasting a wide variety of properties, these polyurethane systems constitute high-quality, economic alternatives to classic construction materials such as wood and metal or thermosetting materials and engineering thermoplastics.
 Thanks to their extensive property profiles, Elastolit® D and Elastolit® K are used in a multitude of areas such as indoor and outdoor construction and for interior design components, complex furniture, car interiors, skis and snowboards as well as operational components.
 Elastolit® D (Rigid Integral Systems)
Featuring a sandwich-type structure - tight skin and microporous core - Elastolit® D is ideally suited for manufacturing high-quality moulded parts of high stiffness and low weight. As only low internal mould pressures are required, large-format parts can be produced economically. Reinforcements can be integrated as well as force-introducing components.

Likewise, complex 3D parts with long flow paths and filigree sections can be produced with high precision. Elastolit® also achieves good temperature and sound insulation levels. On request Elastolit® D can be supplied as an easy mould-release and flame-proof grade complying with a variety of standards (UL 94, DIN 5510).
 
Elastolit® K (Compact Rigid Integral Systems)
Elastolit® K is a micro-cellular almost solid material characterised by economic processability. Large-format parts with long flow paths and wall thickness of preferably 3 to 6 mm can be produced with high inherent stiffness and good strength. Filigree part geometries as with thermoplastic materials are possible thanks to the visco-plastic properties of Elastolit® K and moulded parts can also be produced complete with snap-in connectors.
This material is also attractive for medium-sized lots, as low-cost aluminium moulds can be used and cycle times are short. On request Elastolit® K can be supplied as an easy mould-release and flame-proof grade complying with a variety of standards (UL 94, DIN 5510).
 
Elastolit® R (RIM-Systems)
The outstanding feature of Elastolit® R - also a microcellular, almost solid material - is its high impact strength even at extremely low temperatures. The stiffness of moulded parts can be increased still further by adding glass and mineral fibres as a reinforcement. Finished parts are used predominantly in the automotive sector for car exteriors (front and rear skirts, door sill scuff plates) and for commercial vehicles (large-format claddings, fenders, etc.). Finished part wall thickness generally range from 3 to 4 mm and mould release time from 30 to 180 seconds. Using newly developed systems, exterior parts with good inherent stiffness can be produced with a wall thickness of only 2 mm and a mould release time of 30 seconds (thin-wall technology).

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid structural foams-RIM-systems

palmElastolit® K (Compact Rigid Integral Systems)

Elastolit K is a micro-cellular almost solid material characterised by economic processability. Large-format parts with long flow paths and wall thicknesses of preferrably 3 to 6 mm can be produced with high inherent stiffness and good strength. Filigree part geometries as with thermoplastic materials are possible thanks to the viscoplastic properties of Elastolit K and moulded parts can also be produced complete with snap-in connectors.
This material is also attractive for medium-sized lots, as low-cost aluminium moulds can be used and cycle times are short. On request Elastolit K can be supplied as an easy mould-release and flame-proof grade complying with a variety of standards (UL 94, DIN 5510).

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid structural foams-RIM-systems

Elastolit® R (RIM-Systems)

Elastolit® R (RIM-Systems)
The outstanding feature of Elastolit® R - also a microcellular, almost solid material - is its high impact strength even at extremely low temperatures. The stiffness of moulded parts can be increased still further by adding glass and mineral fibres as a reinforcement. Finished parts are used predominantly in the automotive sector for car exteriors (front and rear skirts, door sill scuff plates) and for commercial vehicles (large-format claddings, fenders, etc.). Finished part wall thicknesses generally range from 3 to 4 mm and mould release time from 30 to 180 seconds. Using newly developed systems, exterior parts with good inherent stiffness can be produced with a wall thickness of only 2 mm and a mould release time of 30 seconds (thin-wall technology).

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins rigid foams-systems

Elastopor® - the insulator

Elastopor® - the insulator
Elastopor is a closed-cell polyurethane rigid foam used in a wide range of thermal insulation applications due to its excellent insulation properties. Rigid polyurethane foam boasts extremely low thermal conductivity levels matched by no other conventional insulant. Good mechanical and physical properties and excellent adhesion mean the material has a wide range of applications. The ability of the Elastopor® to flow through and adhere to complex shapes and surfaces provides a freedom of design as well as complete insulation, even in unconventional straight angles, and long, thin designs.
Elastopor systems are a significant component of composite (multi-layer) construction elements such as Insulated Metal Panels, Structural Insulated Panels, or other sandwich panels. Insulated Metal Panels feature a polyurethane insulating core and diffusion-resistant metal skins, and are used as the facade or roofing elements in cold storage, commercial, and industrial buildings.  Structural Insulated Panels consist of a polyurethane core between two wood or OSB structural skins, and are used as roofs, walls, and floors of homes as well as non-residential buildings.  Doors, garage doors, and shutters are also produced with an insulating PU core.
Elastopor insulation elements with flexible facers (e.g. aluminium, paper) are used in residential construction for sloping, flat-roof and floor insulation. Elastopor’s excellent mechanical properties enable it to also be used in areas subject to weight and force such as parking decks, terraces and roof gardens.
Polyurethane rigid foam blocks can also be produced as slabstock or processed into shaped components like wedges and florist's foam.  Foam can also be molded to a wide range of shapes and sizes and can be painted or laminated.
Pipe insulation for long distance pipelines for oil and gas transportation is another application for Elastopor, offering resistance to high temperatures, durability, good insulating properties and simple processing methods.   Processable using continuous and discontinuous production methods, systems are formulated for both rigid and flexible piping.  Special flame-proof Elastopor grades are used in the production of insulated pipes for use in the chemical industry.
 Elastopor products are also used in the insulation of refrigerators and freezers. In the early 1990’s BASF patented and launched cyclopentane on the market as an environmental blowing agent for these applications. This foaming technology is now established throughout the world. The latest polyol grades for Elastopor now achieve the highest insulating quality and productivity.

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid structural foams-RIM-systems, Polyurethane casting resins rigid foams-systems

Elastoflex® E – Semi-Rigid Systems

Elastoflex® E – Semi-Rigid Systems

Elastoflex® E is the name of demand-driven, tailor-made, semi-rigid PU foam systems as used for foam backing films, skins or leather, for example.
Elastoflex E offers special benefits: It is economic thanks to its short demoulding cycle, low material consumption and high process safety and makes material and energy savings possible by its lower foam density with 'lightweight' systems. When combined with PVC-, ABS- and PU-films, PU achieves good adhesion. In the automotive sector noise and vibration dampening can achieve high driving comfort in vehicle interiors. With fogging values below 0.5 mg according to DIN 75201 emissions in the passenger compartment are low.
Elastoflex E foam systems for foam backed moulded parts in vehicle interiors comply with the demands made by automobile manufacturers for:
 
• improved passenger protection by load distribution during impact
• Hidden Airbag solutions
• single-shot foam backing for a highly complex moulding geometry (dashboard incl. storage compartment) with long flow paths
• good adhesion to films and skins
• good adhesion to the instrument panel beams as well as to reinforcing and fixing components
• weight savings obtained by a semi-rigid foam of low density
• short demoulding cycle
• excellent elasticity and good thermal and anti-freezing resistance of finished parts
• process safety
• defined soft touch for finished parts

Beam components in fibre-reinforced Elastoflex E semi-rigid systems for manufacturing low-cost, lightweight and yet stiff, parts as a unified whole including decor and space for fittings. Sliding roof linings for sun roofs or door side panels can be manufactured using impregnation as well as injection processes.
 
LFI-PU using Elastoflex E
The LFI-PU process (long-fibre injection process) developed by Krauss-Maffei and BASF Polyurethanes makes it possible to produce glass fibre-reinforced door claddings, glove compartments, back rests and the like in one single processing step:
• comparatively low investment cost
• reduced punchings
• lower cost roving (instead of more expensive continuous fibre glass mats)
• extensive use of existing moulds/dies
• easy and self-releasing Elastoflex E grades possible
• finished parts with comparable or smaller wall thicknesses without impaired strength
• high dimensional stability and fit of moulded parts

 

Thermo slabstock foam systems based on Elastoflex semi-rigid systems for manufacturing ultra-lightweight composite structures: automotive applications such as roof cladding elements. Using thermoplastically mouldable middle layers of this special foam system, contoured, large-format sound insulating surface elements can be joined.

Energy-absorbing Elastoflex semi-rigid systems:
Applications as shock absorbing elements to protect the human body against impact and fragile goods against heavy impact loads.

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins rigid foams-systems

Elastoflex® W – Flexible Foam Systems

Elastoflex® W – Flexible Foam Systems
Seating foams for vehicles and upholstery
MDI, TDI and MDI-TDI based foams are tailor-made with densities from 35 to 60 kg/m³ according to customer specification. Ergonomically designed seat and arm rest components can be produced as multi-zone foams using PU foams of different rigidities in just one processing step. They feature outstanding properties in terms of continued use and sitting comfort. Example: the flame-proof seating foams used for railways and aviation comply with all customary fire protection standards.
Efficient and economic
• seats, arm rests and back rests in different rigidities can be made from one system using the same equipment
• inserted lining fabric can be foamed directly (for office chairs)
• upholstery cores can be foamed in

 Acoustic foams
Both Elastoflex W® based elastic foams for airborne noise and visco-elastic or high-insulation foams for structure-borne noise insulation comply with all acoustic requirements. Carpeting can be foam backed entirely or partially. Just like engineencapsulation, dash cowl claddings or encapsulation of electronic components.
 
 CosyPUR®
CosyPUR is the new polyurethane mold flexible foam of BASF Polyurethanes with specifically adjustable product properties by its cell morphology. CosyPUR is modifiable from ultrasoft to visco-elastic and extends the application possibilities of mold flexible foams. CosyPUR, the multitalented mold flexible foam, is suitable for the production of pillows, seats, office furniture, back rests, orthopaedic products and many more.

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Product category: Polyurethane casting prepolymer binder resins

Modern coastal defences by means of the Elastocoast polyurethane system

Modern coastal defences by means of the Elastocoast polyurethane system
 

In recent years, flood disasters have caused devastation in many parts of the world. Hurricanes and seaquakes have led to flood waves with an enormous destructive power. A new solution for effective coastal defences is provided by the elastomeric polyurethane system Elastocoast® specially developed by the BASF subsidiary Elastogran. Elastocoast is a PU plastic for flexibly clamping together dike breakwaters composed of broken stone. The new PU technology can contribute to increasing the stability of breakwaters and in this way secure endangered segments of coastline. In additon, it is effective and provides a low-cost alternative to conventional rigid structures based on concrete and bitumen reinforced revetments. Several pilot projects have demonstrated the advantages of this system.
Elastocoast® is a two-component special-purpose plastic composed of polyurethane which durably and elastically bonds together layers of rock and stone on the coast. Elastocoast provides open-cell but simultaneously highly stable and resistant breakwaters because the stones are bonded to one another only at certain points. In contrast to the rigid surface structures composed of concrete or bitumen the rubble layer clamped by Elastocoast absorbs the energy of the insurgent volumes of water so that only relatively small waves form on the rebound. The elasticity of the material and its open porous structure prevent rupture of the stony surfaces and ensure the durability of the breakwater structures.
 
Long-lasting, environmentally compatible, easy to repair and low in cost
The enormous challenges of securing our coastlines can be confronted by use of the innovative tailor-made Elastocoast® coastal defence system. The plastic is outstanding for its resistance to salt water and weathering and its good adhesion to inorganic materials such as stones. It is water-repellent, resistant to abrasion, simple to process, resistant to heat and frost and compatible with the environment. Its open-cell structure conserves ecological permeability and affords an adequate habitat for animal life and vegetation. Furthermore, Elastocoast consists to the extent of 60 per cent of modified renewable raw materials. Elastocoast breakwaters are moreover economical, for on average they are 20 per cent less expensive than conventional concrete structures. Another feature is that the thickness of breakwaters can be reduced, making it possible to achieve considerable savings in materials. The use of less costly, smaller crushed stone is also an advantage.

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Product category: Polyurethane casting prepolymer binder resins

Elastocoat® – Cold Cast Systems and Coatings

Elastocoat® – Cold Cast Systems and Coatings
Compact, i.e. non-foamed products are made with Elastocoat® C. Depending on their application, these can be soft-elastic, tough/rigid, highly wear-resistant, chemical-resistant, with derivation ability, light-fast etc. They are processed using both low and high pressure units. Elastocoat C products can be used in virtually all sectors of industry like the construction and timber industry, in mining, medical technology and in agriculture.
 
Sandwich Plate System (SPS)
Steel elements of tremendous dimensions as being used for constructive structural steel engineering in shipbuilding or for bridge constructions are exposed to enormous mechanical loadings. Together with the company Intelligent Engineering BASF developed the innovative Sandwich Plate System (SPS) technology. This steel/polyurethane/steel sandwich offers higher stability, better vibration isolation, weight reduction and lower total costs in comparison with conventional component parts.
 
Coatings
Elastocoat C floor coatings are wear- and chemical-resistant and can be offered, if needed, with derivation ability.
 
For the obtainment of a Class-A surface of sandwich elements for external automobile components these are coated with Elastocoat C systems. For this purpose they must be scratchproof and heat-resistant.Flesh split for the manufacture of bags and shoes is upgraded thanks to compact polyurethane systems.
 
Cast systems
Cast in closed moulds, cast skins for seats (e.g. for tractors or motorcycles) can be produced using Elastocoat C products. For this they need prime mechanical properties that endure for the lifetime of the product even under the effect of environmental influences (humidity, UV rays). Processing technology enables a high degree of design freedom and flexibility. In situ produced reinforcing elements made of Elastocoat C for arm rests and seats replace pre-fabricated inserts made of plastic or metal. For manufacturers this represents an enormous reduction in logistical outlay. Floor mats for heavy goods vehicles made of foamed polyurethane products with a dampening effect have a wear-resistant surface thanks to Elastocoat C casting systems.
 
Binders
Recyclable material like plastic, textile waste or old tyre granulate is made into slabs for the automobile and construction industry using binders. These binders feature a high degree of adhesion to the substrate. The end product boasts great rigidity and low water absorption. Polyurethane binding agents are used in wine cork production.

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Product category: Polyurethane casting prepolymer binder resins

Elastan®

Elastan®
Elastan® is an MDI-based binder/adhesive in the form of one and two component systems for various applications and substrates
It is particularly in automotive manufacturing where the feel-good factor plays a major role in new, high-quality and cost-compatible materials and technologies. In the last few years customer requirements have risen considerably, which also encompass interior fittings and furnishings. Not just functionality, but style and value are the dominant criteria here. In opting for the new IMC sprayed skin (IMC = In Mould Coating) made of PU for instrument panels.

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Product category: Polyurethane casting prepolymer binder resins

Elastopave®

Elastopave® exploits the principle of binding suitable mixes of crushed stone with polyurethane to yield a strong, water- and air-permeable surface. Thanks to an intelligent mix of selected stone, the surface has many interconnected voids and hence a high degree of porosity. Given suitably absorbent ground, rainwater can percolate effectively and replenish aquifers. Elastopave is easy to process, and the aggregate can be flexibly varied to blend into the immediate surroundings. In addition, it also eliminates the downstream costs associated with fully sealed surfaces, e.g. wastewater charges.The bottom line is real benefits in design, attractiveness, longevity and eco-friendliness. Stone bonded with Elastopave is suitable not only for paths and roads, but also for any applications where crushed stone or gravel need firm bonding – in indoor stone carpeting, in garden design, e.g. patios, gabions and outdoor furniture like park benches or table tops, or in design and art objects. Let yourself be inspired by this material‘s incredible versatility. Elastopave – water-permeable, strong and eco-friendly.

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Product category: Amine sterically hindered

Tinuvin®

Tinuvin® high performance light stabilizers

Tinuvin and Tinuvin DW light stabilizing additives, suitable for plastics, water and solventborne coatings, adhesives and sealants, filter harmful UV light and act as free radical scavengers to maintain their appearance, as well as their chemical and physical properties.

The BASF Tinuvin range contains two types of light stabilizers: Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), supplied individually or as blends. UVA filter harmful UV light and help prevent degradation, color change and delamination of plastics, coatings, adhesives and sealants. HALS trap free radicals once they are formed and are effective in retaining surface properties such as gloss and prevent cracking and chalking of paints.  The combination of these two chemistries is highly synergistic.

Tinuvin light stabilizers offer solutions for nearly all types of plastics, coating, adhesive and sealant technologies, including hotmelt, solventborne, waterborne and UV curable systems.  The Tinuvin DW range, supplied as solvent-free, storage stable, low viscosity light stabilizer dispersions, incorporated by simple stir-in technique, offer the most convenient dosing and highest performance light stabilizer chemistries for waterborne coatings and adhesives – and are based on Novel Encapsulated Additive Technology (NEAT).

Tinuvin Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), either alone or in combination, delivered as blends or easy to incorporate dispersions extend the service life of your coatings, adhesives and selants and protect your wood substrates.

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Product category: Amine sterically hindered

Uvinul® light stabilizers

Uvinul® light stabilizing additives, suitable for plastics, water and solventborne coatings, adhesives and sealants, filter harmful UV light and act as free radical scavengers to maintain their appearance, as well as their chemical and physical properties.

The BASF Uvinul® range contains two types of light stabilizers: Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), supplied individually or as blends. UVA filter harmful UV light and help prevent degradation, color change and delamination of plastics, coatings, adhesives and sealants. HALS trap free radicals once they are formed and are effective in retaining surface properties such as gloss and prevent cracking and chalking of paints.  The combination of these two chemistries is highly synergistic.

Uvinul® light stabilizers offer solutions for nearly all types of plastics, coating, adhesive and sealant technologies, including hotmelt, solventborne, waterborne and UV curable systems.  The Uvinul® range, supplied as solvent-free, storage stable, low viscosity light stabilizer dispersions, incorporated by simple stir-in technique, offer the most convenient dosing and highest performance light stabilizer chemistries for waterborne coatings and adhesives – and are based on Novel Encapsulated Additive Technology (NEAT).

Uvinul® Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), either alone or in combination, delivered as blends or easy to incorporate dispersions extend the service life of your coatings, adhesives and sealants and protect your wood substrates.

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Product category: Amine sterically hindered

Chimassorb® light stabilizers

Chimassorb light stabilizing additives are suitable for plastic applications and a range of solventborne coatings and adhesives as well as sealants to filter harmful UV light and act as a free radical scavenger to prevent and the discoloration and degradation of the materials.

Chimassorb light stabilizing additives belong either to the UV-absorber chemical class of the 2-hydroxy-benzophenone or to the group of hindered amines. The benzophenones are designed to provide cost-effective performance in industrial and architectural coating applications as well as in adhesives and sealants.

Chimassorb of the benzophenone type improves the resistance of clear coatings to failures upon exposure to sunlight such as discoloration, cracking, loss of gloss and loss of adhesion. Its performance in outdoor applications can be improved further by use in synergistic combination with a hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) from BASFs Chimassorb or Tinuvin® range.

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Product category: Antioxidants

Irgafos®: antioxidant – process stabilizer

BASF supplies a broad range of secondary antioxidants under the Irgafos® brand for use in organic substrates such as plastics, synthetic fibers, elastomers, adhesives, tackifier resins and waxes (functioning as processing agent) and in lubricants and metal working fluids (functioning as EP/AW additive)

The Irgafos® brand encompasses a complete range of high-performance organo-phosphite stabilizers for a broad range of applications such as plastics, lubricants, coatings, adhesives and sealants.

Irgafos processing stabilizers and blends thereof are the market reference recommended to ensure processing stability (color and viscosity retention). Irgafos protects polymers from thermo-oxidative degradation during processing.

As a secondary antioxidant, they react with hydroperoxides formed by auto-oxidation of polymers, preventing process induced degradation and extending the performance of the primary antioxidant.

Irgafos® antioxidants are offering benefits such as:
- excellent processing stability
- prevents polymer discoloration due to degradation
- hydrolytically stable phosphite processing stabilizer
- synergistic performance when used in combination with primary antioxidants from the Irganox range
 
Irgafos branded process stabilizers are available in all regions of the world offering the polymer value chain the required stabilization, manufacturing flexibility and supply security. BASF representatives are available globally to assist in identifying the appropriate Irgafos process stabilizers for your application.

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Product category: Antioxidants

Irganox®

BASF supplies the broadest range of antioxidants under the brand Irganox® for the use in organic substrates such as plastics, synthetic fibers, elastomers, adhesives, polyols, polyurethanes and lubricating oils and greases.

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Product category: Antioxidants

Irganox®

BASF supplies the broadest range of antioxidants under the brand Irganox® for the use in organic substrates such as plastics, synthetic fibers, elastomers, adhesives, polyols, polyurethanes and lubricating oils and greases.

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Product category: Antioxidants

Irgastab®

Irgastab is an in-can stabilizer developed for outstanding stabilization of UV curable inks, adhesives and coatings.

Irgastab premature polymerization stabilizers are used to inhibit early polymerization during storage for highly reactive energy curable systems based on multifunctional acrylates.  In addition, processing of conventionally cured systems at higher temperatures can lead to undesired polymer degradation requiring a thermal stabilizer.  Irgastab additives not only provide protection against premature polymerization, but provide long-term thermal stability of the energy curable formulation during its life cycle.

Higher stabilization performance in critical pigmented systems and adhesive systems.  Minimal impact on curing efficiency at high levels of stabilization Value-in-Use with excellent cost / performance.

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Product category: Antioxidants

Irgastab®

Irgastab is an in-can stabilizer developed for outstanding stabilization of UV curable inks, adhesives and coatings.

Irgastab premature polymerization stabilizers are used to inhibit early polymerization during storage for highly reactive energy curable systems based on multifunctional acrylates.  In addition, processing of conventionally cured systems at higher temperatures can lead to undesired polymer degradation requiring a thermal stabilizer.  Irgastab additives not only provide protection against premature polymerization, but provide long-term thermal stability of the energy curable formulation during its life cycle.

Higher stabilization performance in critical pigmented systems and adhesive systems.  Minimal impact on curing efficiency at high levels of stabilization Value-in-Use with excellent cost / performance

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Product category: Antioxidants

Irgafos®

Irgafos®: antioxidant – process stabilizer

BASF supplies a broad range of secondary antioxidants under the Irgafos® brand for use in organic substrates such as plastics, synthetic fibers, elastomers, adhesives, tackifier resins and waxes (functioning as processing agent) and in lubricants and metal working fluids (functioning as EP/AW additive)

The Irgafos® brand encompasses a complete range of high-performance organo-phosphite stabilizers for a broad range of applications such as plastics, lubricants, coatings, adhesives and sealants.

Irgafos processing stabilizers and blends thereof are the market reference recommended to ensure processing stability (color and viscosity retention). Irgafos protects polymers from thermo-oxidative degradation during processing.

As a secondary antioxidant, they react with hydroperoxides formed by auto-oxidation of polymers, preventing process induced degradation and extending the performance of the primary antioxidant.

Irgafos® antioxidants are offering benefits such as:
- excellent processing stability
- prevents polymer discoloration due to degradation
- hydrolytically stable phosphite processing stabilizer
- synergistic performance when used in combination with primary antioxidants from the Irganox range
 
Irgafos branded process stabilizers are available in all regions of the world offering the polymer value chain the required stabilization, manufacturing flexibility and supply security. BASF representatives are available globally to assist in identifying the appropriate Irgafos process stabilizers for your application.

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Product category: Antistatic agents

Irgastat® P

Irgastat P are polymeric systems based on polyamide/polyether block amides

Irgastat P is recommended, where a permanent antistatic effect is sought, in applications such as electronic and industrial packaging, housings and parts of business machines. Products can be used in thermoplastic polymers, transparent film, fiber or molded applications. Outdoor applications require testing to determine the suitability of Irgastat P under UV-exposure conditions.

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Product category: Fire protection agents

Flamestab®: flame retardant in polyolefin applications

Flamestab®  is flame retardant for the textile and fiber as well as for the construction industry. It can be used for nonwoven applications such as construction fabrics, in artificial turf for indoor and outdoor PP monofilaments and tapes as well as for applications using polypropylene fibers.

Flamestab® benefits include:
- Non-corrosive
- Provides UV and thermal stability in addition to flame retardancy
- Active at low concentrations
- No reduction in physical mechanical properties
- Easy processing in fiber-spinning & spunbond nonwoven

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Product category: Fire protection agents

Melapur®

Melapur®: melamine based flame retardant

Melapur® is a flame-retardant for connectors, parts and components of electrical and electronical devices. It can also be used in the construction industry.

Melapur® benefits include:
- significant advantages of fire safety
- low smoking density
- low smoke toxcity and less corrosive gases

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Product category: Light stabilisers (s. UV stabilizers)

Tinuvin® high performance light stabilizers

Tinuvin and Tinuvin DW light stabilizing additives, suitable for plastics, water and solventborne coatings, adhesives and sealants, filter harmful UV light and act as free radical scavengers to maintain their appearance, as well as their chemical and physical properties.

The BASF Tinuvin range contains two types of light stabilizers: Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), supplied individually or as blends. UVA filter harmful UV light and help prevent degradation, color change and delamination of plastics, coatings, adhesives and sealants. HALS trap free radicals once they are formed and are effective in retaining surface properties such as gloss and prevent cracking and chalking of paints.  The combination of these two chemistries is highly synergistic.

Tinuvin light stabilizers offer solutions for nearly all types of plastics, coating, adhesive and sealant technologies, including hotmelt, solventborne, waterborne and UV curable systems.  The Tinuvin DW range, supplied as solvent-free, storage stable, low viscosity light stabilizer dispersions, incorporated by simple stir-in technique, offer the most convenient dosing and highest performance light stabilizer chemistries for waterborne coatings and adhesives – and are based on Novel Encapsulated Additive Technology (NEAT).

Tinuvin Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), either alone or in combination, delivered as blends or easy to incorporate dispersions extend the service life of your coatings, adhesives and selants and protect your wood substrates.

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Product category: Light stabilisers (s. UV stabilizers)

Chimassorb® light stabilizers

Chimassorb light stabilizing additives are suitable for plastic applications and a range of solventborne coatings and adhesives as well as sealants to filter harmful UV light and act as a free radical scavenger to prevent and the discoloration and degradation of the materials.

Chimassorb light stabilizing additives belong either to the UV-absorber chemical class of the 2-hydroxy-benzophenone or to the group of hindered amines. The benzophenones are designed to provide cost-effective performance in industrial and architectural coating applications as well as in adhesives and sealants.

Chimassorb of the benzophenone type improves the resistance of clear coatings to failures upon exposure to sunlight such as discoloration, cracking, loss of gloss and loss of adhesion. Its performance in outdoor applications can be improved further by use in synergistic combination with a hindered amine light stabilizer (HALS) from BASFs Chimassorb or Tinuvin® range.

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Product category: Light stabilisers (s. UV stabilizers)

Uvinul® light stabilizers

Uvinul® light stabilizing additives, suitable for plastics, water and solventborne coatings, adhesives and sealants, filter harmful UV light and act as free radical scavengers to maintain their appearance, as well as their chemical and physical properties.

The BASF Uvinul® range contains two types of light stabilizers: Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), supplied individually or as blends. UVA filter harmful UV light and help prevent degradation, color change and delamination of plastics, coatings, adhesives and sealants. HALS trap free radicals once they are formed and are effective in retaining surface properties such as gloss and prevent cracking and chalking of paints.  The combination of these two chemistries is highly synergistic.

Uvinul® light stabilizers offer solutions for nearly all types of plastics, coating, adhesive and sealant technologies, including hotmelt, solventborne, waterborne and UV curable systems.  The Uvinul® range, supplied as solvent-free, storage stable, low viscosity light stabilizer dispersions, incorporated by simple stir-in technique, offer the most convenient dosing and highest performance light stabilizer chemistries for waterborne coatings and adhesives – and are based on Novel Encapsulated Additive Technology (NEAT).

Uvinul® Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), either alone or in combination, delivered as blends or easy to incorporate dispersions extend the service life of your coatings, adhesives and sealants and protect your wood substrates.

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Product category: Metal deactivators

Irganox® MD

Metal deactivator and antioxidant for wire and cable applications

As the worlds most widely applied metal deactivator for telecommunications wire and cable, Irganox MD provides unmatched extraction resistance and processing stabilization. Used alone, or with other Irganox phenolic antioxidants, Irganox MD is recommended for the stabilization of polymers in contact with copper both during processing and long-term service.

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Product category: Optical brighteners

TINOPAL®

Optical brighteners for detergents and cleaners.
Tinopal ® is a range of optical brighteners used for home care products.

Tinopal® optical brighteners give a bright neutral white shade to cellulosic and synthetic fabrics, even after repeated washes in high or low washing temperature. They are lightfast, chlorine stable and highly soluble. Tinopal® is sold in the form of free-flowing granules, a stable aqueous low-viscous dispersion or a clear solution, meeting all formulation needs.

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Product category: Stabilizers

Irganox®

BASF supplies the broadest range of antioxidants under the brand Irganox® for the use in organic substrates such as plastics, synthetic fibers, elastomers, adhesives, polyols, polyurethanes and lubricating oils and greases.

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Product category: Stabilizers

Irgastab®

Irgastab is an in-can stabilizer developed for outstanding stabilization of UV curable inks, adhesives and coatings.

Irgastab premature polymerization stabilizers are used to inhibit early polymerization during storage for highly reactive energy curable systems based on multifunctional acrylates.  In addition, processing of conventionally cured systems at higher temperatures can lead to undesired polymer degradation requiring a thermal stabilizer.  Irgastab additives not only provide protection against premature polymerization, but provide long-term thermal stability of the energy curable formulation during its life cycle.

Higher stabilization performance in critical pigmented systems and adhesive systems.  Minimal impact on curing efficiency at high levels of stabilization Value-in-Use with excellent cost / performance

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Product category: Stabilizers

Irgafos®: antioxidant – process stabilizer

BASF supplies a broad range of secondary antioxidants under the Irgafos® brand for use in organic substrates such as plastics, synthetic fibers, elastomers, adhesives, tackifier resins and waxes (functioning as processing agent) and in lubricants and metal working fluids (functioning as EP/AW additive)

The Irgafos® brand encompasses a complete range of high-performance organo-phosphite stabilizers for a broad range of applications such as plastics, lubricants, coatings, adhesives and sealants.

Irgafos processing stabilizers and blends thereof are the market reference recommended to ensure processing stability (color and viscosity retention). Irgafos protects polymers from thermo-oxidative degradation during processing.

As a secondary antioxidant, they react with hydroperoxides formed by auto-oxidation of polymers, preventing process induced degradation and extending the performance of the primary antioxidant.

Irgafos® antioxidants are offering benefits such as:
- excellent processing stability
- prevents polymer discoloration due to degradation
- hydrolytically stable phosphite processing stabilizer
- synergistic performance when used in combination with primary antioxidants from the Irganox range
 
Irgafos branded process stabilizers are available in all regions of the world offering the polymer value chain the required stabilization, manufacturing flexibility and supply security. BASF representatives are available globally to assist in identifying the appropriate Irgafos process stabilizers for your application.

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Product category: Stabilizers

Hycite®


co-stabilizer for polypropylene and other polyolefins

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Product category: UV stabilizer

Uvinul® light stabilizers

Uvinul® light stabilizing additives, suitable for plastics, water and solventborne coatings, adhesives and sealants, filter harmful UV light and act as free radical scavengers to maintain their appearance, as well as their chemical and physical properties.

The BASF Uvinul® range contains two types of light stabilizers: Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), supplied individually or as blends. UVA filter harmful UV light and help prevent degradation, color change and delamination of plastics, coatings, adhesives and sealants. HALS trap free radicals once they are formed and are effective in retaining surface properties such as gloss and prevent cracking and chalking of paints.  The combination of these two chemistries is highly synergistic.

Uvinul® light stabilizers offer solutions for nearly all types of plastics, coating, adhesive and sealant technologies, including hotmelt, solventborne, waterborne and UV curable systems.  The Uvinul® range, supplied as solvent-free, storage stable, low viscosity light stabilizer dispersions, incorporated by simple stir-in technique, offer the most convenient dosing and highest performance light stabilizer chemistries for waterborne coatings and adhesives – and are based on Novel Encapsulated Additive Technology (NEAT).

Uvinul® Ultraviolet Light Absorbers (UVA) and Hindered-Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS), either alone or in combination, delivered as blends or easy to incorporate dispersions extend the service life of your coatings, adhesives and sealants and protect your wood substrates.

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Product category: UV stabilizer

Tinuvin® high performance light stabilizers

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Oct 17, 2016

Safe and brilliant: newest pigment innovations at K fair

Launch of Paliotol® Yellow K 1750 for sensitive applications e.g. food contact materials and toys
New Lumina® Royal Dragon Gold effect pigment for brilliant design options

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY, Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – BASF Colors & Effects will be featuring a new highly color efficient pigment at the K trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany, from October 19th to 26th, in hall 5 at booth C21/D21. The Paliotol® organic pigment series extends further into food contact and toys applications with innovative Paliotol® Yellow K 1750 being now supported for those applications. The Paliotol® series consists of mid to high performance organic pigments, which have excellent coloring value for a wide range of applications including use in food contact materials and toys.

“Product safety regulations in food contact applications are getting stricter in Europe and also in other parts of the world, next most likely China,” Philip Trueper, Director Global Business Management Pigments for Plastics at BASF, explains. “We offer in-depth technical and regulatory expertise in the field of pigments for sensitive applications. With our comprehensive portfolio – now including the new Paliotol® Yellow K 1750 – we are very well positioned to support our customers in coping with these changes.”  

The red shade of the Paliotol® Yellow K 1750 perfectly meets the needs of the plastics industry, especially when it comes to sensitive applications like food packaging and toys. That’s not only due to its excellent properties, but also because it’s completely halogen-free. It already complies with European plastics regulation EU 10/2011 and extension of compliance to other regions of the world is on-going.

Marc Dumont, Industry Manager Pigments for Plastics at BASF, goes on to point out the special characteristics of the new K 1750: “Compared to pigments in the same color space, Paliotol® Yellow K 1750 offers high heat stability and greater increased coloring efficiency. Its unique combination of opacity and color strength makes it the best choice when starting new designs for packaging and consumer goods. Also, it remains the most affordable alternative to lead chromate and diarylide pigments in the red shade yellow color space for indoor.”

Beside Paliotol® Yellow K 1750, an additional BASF pigment will be showcased at the K fair: Lumina® Royal Dragon Gold is the newest member of the highly chromatic Lumina® Royal effect pigments family.

“Lumina® Royal Dragon Gold provides attractive shades, especially in combination with yellow pigments or in black reduction,” says Dumont, adding: “Our customers will be able to formulate new looks of greenish gold hues with exceptional sparkling and brilliance. Initial market reception is excellent that clearly demonstrates that our new Lumina® Royal Dragon Gold pigment is expanding the available effect space in the golden color space area”.

Visitors to K trade fair can explore the innovative products of BASF Colors & Effects at hall 5 at booth #C21/D21. Customers can also join experts on October 20th/21st or 24th/25th in room 12 or 4/5 for the above topics and presentations about “Pigment preparations” and “Colorants for Polyamide.”

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Oct 17, 2016

Stays cool even when it’s hot

Charge air duct by MANN+HUMMEL made from the BASF high-temperature polyamide Ultramid® Endure BM for blow molding
Now in serial production in the BMW 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine with turbocharger

High pressure at high temperatures: Pipes that are exposed to this challenge between the turbocharger and the charge air cooler can best be manufactured by blow molding with the BASF high-temperature polyamide Ultramid® Endure D5G3 BM. This is demonstrated by the new charge air duct which MANN+HUMMEL, Ludwigsburg, has manufactured for the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine of the BMW Group. The turbocharger with integrated charge air cooler is used in numerous vehicles, e.g. in the BMW 4, 5 and 7 series as well as in the X3, X4 and X5 models of the BMW Group.

With Ultramid® Endure D5G3 BM (BM = blow molding), charge air ducts can be efficiently manufactured by blow molding. The BASF polyamide 66 with 15% glass fibers has a high heat-aging resistance, can be processed easily and shows extraordinary acoustic properties. It is temperature resistant up to 220°C at continuous use, with possible peak temperature loads of up to 240°C. The blow molding type supplements the Ultramid® Endure portfolio for injection molding, which has been successfully established on the market since 2010. Like the injection molding grades, Ultramid® Endure BM obtains its extraordinary heat stabilization through a well-established technology, which suppresses the oxidative attack by atmospheric oxygen. The protection is not limited to the surface, but pervades the material as a whole.

The tailor-made properties of Ultramid® Endure BM yield numerous benefits for molders and car manufacturers: favorable system costs due to lower processing temperatures, shorter cycle times and reduced energy consumption are combined with a high technical performance, which leads to durable and powerful engines. Thus Ultramid® Endure BM shows a better cost-performance ratio than, for example, polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) or aluminum, from which conventional charge air ducts are manufactured. Within the charge air duct, the charge air pipe guides compressed hot air from the turbocharger into the integrated charge air cooler. Here, pressures higher than 2.5 bar can occur.

With Ultramid® Endure BM, processors save assembly costs and car manufacturers component weight. The high-temperature polyamide can replace pipes made from rolled aluminum sheets. As the tubular sections can no longer be round in the small installation spaces, metal pipes must be manufactured in expensive hydroforming. Pipes made from the BASF material can also be blow-molded into different pipe forms. The interior surface remains smooth here, which leads to reduced air resistance compared to other plastics.

Excellent processing: high melt stability, good swelling, simple welding

For blow molding, the plastic is also required to have a special melt strength and favorable swelling properties. A high melt stability counteracts the length variation of the pipe. The smaller the variation in length, the better suited the product is for suction blow molding. The same applies to pipe swelling: a certain amount of swelling is required, yet too much swelling causes problems when inserting the pipe into the mold. What is more, materials that swell severely tend to expand, which leads to a frusto-conical shape of the pipe. Ultramid® Endure BM, however, remains largely cylindrical. As it also responds well to changes in the processing parameters, corrections can be made easily during the production process.

Ultramid® Endure BM can be welded particularly well with PA66 components using e.g. infrared welding. Components under the hood are often connected with one another by welding. Due to the reduced glass fiber content, the weld line can represent a weak spot, particularly after aging. The innovative stabilization mechanism in Ultramid® Endure BM not only protects the polymer itself, but also strengthens this potential weak spot. The weld lines also withstand continuous operation at high temperatures very well. Even after 1,000 hours at 220°C, there is no sign of any cracking at the joint. The weld line strength remains just as high.

Very good acoustic properties

Acoustics have become a relevant brand factor and are extremely important in the automotive industry. New engine concepts and increasing demands from customers and legislative authorities call for materials that are acoustically advantageous. Ultramid® Endure BM shows excellent damping behavior and is therefore suitable for demanding acoustic requirements. For example, Ultramid® Endure can be used to reduce the production of disturbing airborne noise emitted from the vibrating component surface directly at the source. Depending on the temperature and the level of humidity, the material has damping values which are up to ten times better compared with polyphenylene sulfide.

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Oct 17, 2016

BASF and Hyundai Motor showcase RN30 Concept Car at K Fair

Hyundai RN30 Concept Car combines bold design with high performance technology
Key solutions from BASF enable lightweight, durable and sustainable materials for individual design options
From concept to reality: chemistry-driven solutions in the New Generation Hyundai i30

Ludwigshafen, Germany – October 14, 2016 – A new concept vehicle jointly developed by BASF and Hyundai Motor Company combines key solutions from the chemical industry with purposeful aerodynamic design and specialized high-performance technologies. Both companies will present outstanding features of the RN30 Concept Car at the 2016 K Fair in Düsseldorf from 19-26 October.

“We are very proud to be a vital part of the RN30,” said Raimar Jahn, President of Performance Materials at BASF. “Based on our great partnership and our innovation power, Hyundai Motor has invited us to demonstrate the capabilities of our materials in this unique concept.” This new Concept Car was created to offer pure driving pleasure on the race track for everybody. BASF’s material solutions helped Hyundai to realize even the most daring design ideas based on its impressive product portfolio and car enthusiasm.

Lightweight plastics for efficient performance

As a racing machine designed for race tracks, it is essential for the RN30 to be lightweight and have a low center of gravity. While high-performance cars generally contain carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) to reduce weight, the partners moved away from the fixed idea of using CFRP. Instead they explored new lightweight materials by BASF suitable for high-performance cars as an alternative. For example, due to their outstanding flowability, BASF’s Elastolit® rigid integral foam and reaction injection molding (RIM) systems developed for body panels permit the realization of even those most challenging designs like the fender and spoiler of the RN30. Combining high quality with low weight, they can even directly be painted thanks to their Class A surface. The RN30 also features semi-structural sandwich solutions for the trunk floor, providing a considerable weight reduction as well as a highly efficient production process. BASF’s Elastoflex® E, a spray impregnation polyurethane for very light and stiff sandwich structures consisting of a long-fiber reinforced surface layer and a paper honeycomb is the ideal material for these applications. 

Durable materials for maximum safety

When driving at maximum speed, drivers have to rely on the uncompromising quality of durable and reliable materials. BASF’s Infinergy® is the world’s first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane. Combined with an elastic coating it is used in the roll bar padding of the RN30 because of its long-term durability and outstanding resilience. But speed is nothing without control. Thus, fast cars also need high-performance brake systems. BASF has developed a breakthrough technology, Hydraulan® 406 ESI, which exceeds all technical challenges and fulfills demanding legislative requirements by extending the durability of the brake elastomer.

For the complex and compact electronic assemblies of the RN30, BASF’s new Ultramid® Advanced N allows for miniaturization, functional integration and freedom of design. It can be used in electronic components as well as structural parts near the engine and the gearbox in contact with hot, aggressive media and different fuels.

An interior design optimized for racing experiences

During the interior design process, RN30 designers and racing experts from Hyundai Motorsport worked closely together to deliver a layout that helps the driver focus his attention more intensely on driving. A bucket seat for racing, which perfectly fits the driver’s body and an integrated roll cage, which increases the vehicle body strength, protect the driver in precarious situations.

For those parts with complex geometry such as the seat shell and pan, BASF offers Ultracom®, a thermoplastic composite system for parts with continuous fiber reinforcement in injection-molded structures. This allows the seat to be lighter while still maintaining optimum strength and rigidity. The seat shell and pan owe their final shape to a matched combination of semi-finished products like tapes or laminates and injection-molding compounds. In the realization of such parts, BASF’s unique simulation tool Ultrasim®, as well as its Ultratest™ parts testing facilities and processing technologies play a major role across the entire process chain of seat component production.

Efficient heat management and natural fibers contribute to sustainability

Race cars are reduced to the maximum to avoid any unnecessary ballast weight such as air conditioning. Keeping the car cool and comfortable can be achieved with heat management solutions like BASF’s near infrared-reflective films, protecting windows of the RN30 against solar heat. The entirely organic and transparent film has an advantage over metal films in that it is designed to filter out only infrared rays while allowing other rays such as light, GPS and telephone signals to pass through.

The water-based binder Acrodur® strengthens the natural fibers and enables an environmentally compatible, dimensionally stable and, above all, lightweight solution for car composites such as dashboards and door panels of the RN30 which can be finished in various ways for high-quality design.

Color and coating solutions for unlimited design options

Color inspires imagination and individualization. BASF’s waterborne ColorPro IC basecoat “Performance Blue” is one of the latest generation of individual colors with broad color spectrum, flexibility and unmatched quality. It gives the RN30 its dazzling appearance. In addition, BASF’s innovative iGloss® clearcoat with an advanced easy-to-clean effect helps to minimize microscratches significantly. In the interior, BASF’s patented transfer coating technology valure™ produces high-quality surfaces with almost limitless design options as well as unique material combinations with a wide variety of flexible substrates, like leather, in automotive interiors. The coated surface remains breathable and feels soft.

From concept to reality: experiencing chemistry-driven solutions in the New Generation Hyundai i30

The New Generation Hyundai i30 – “a car for everyone” and available in early 2017 – reveals how BASF’s solutions convert concepts into reality. BASF’s engineering plastic Ultramid® continues to set standards for innovation and global availability in established plastic applications for powertrain and chassis such as the transmission oil pan, cylinder head cover and air intake manifold in the i30.

BASF is a key partner to the automotive industry in efforts to reduce harmful emissions from cars with combustion engines. The EMPRO™ TWC (Three-Way Conversion) catalyst technology used in the i30 significantly outperforms conventional three-way conversion catalysts in the conversion of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) over a wide range of conditions.

Catamold® is a feedstock for metal injection molding technology. It is used in the production of dual clutch transmission parts for the i30 because it is 50% lighter than traditional precision casting feedstocks and provides greater design freedom.

Cellasto® microcellular polyurethane elastomers are used to make jounce bumpers and top mounts. They help to minimize noise, vibrations and harshness, enhancing driving comfort in the i30.

Visit us at our booth at K Fair: hall 5, booth C21/D21.

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Oct 17, 2016

Safe connectors for safe household appliances

New Ultramid® flame-retardant grade particularly suitable for use in household appliances
Passes glow-wire test without flame (GWIT) at 800 degrees Celsius (1 mm)

Ultramid® B3U50G6, a flame-retardant and glass-fiber reinforced polyamide (PA 6), is the latest addition to BASF’s plastics portfolio. The light-colorable grade reliably meets the household appliance standard IEC 60335–1 (glow-wire test, GWIT 800°C at 1 millimeter) and provides a particularly high flowability. The new flame retardant¬ system used in Ultramid B3U50G6 is not halogen-based and contains no antimony compounds. This allows to achieve good values with regard to smoke density and smoke toxicity as well as to comply with WEEE and ROHS directives.

The new grade is particularly suitable for use in connectors and program switches in unattended household appliances. The household appliance standard IEC 60335–1 raised the requirements placed on plastics to be used in electrical components of unattended household appliances. These include primarily washing machines, dishwashers, tumble dryers as well as stoves and ovens, but also smaller devices fitted with a timer function such as coffee makers.

Ultramid B3U50G6, which is 30 percent glass-fiber reinforced, achieves the classification V0 (according to UL94) starting at a thickness of 0.8 millimeters. The CTI (Comparative Tracking Index, tracking resistance, IEC 60112) is at 500 V and allows narrow creeping distances between two contacts. Ultramid B3U50G6 also boasts excellent mechanical properties and is laser-printable when colored in black. The plastic is available right now in commercial quantities; the yellow card has been requested from UL.

Further information about the Ultramid (PA) materials from BASF can be obtained by e-mailing Ultraplaste.infopoint@basf.com or calling +49 (0) 621 60-78780.

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Oct 17, 2016

3D simulation brings the acoustic effects of Basotect® sound absorption to life

The ʻEnvision Mobileʼ audio visualization system from Inreal Technologies GmbH turns acoustics and design into a virtual experience
Basotect® acoustic effects simulated virtually at the K fair in Düsseldorf

When planning new buildings and carrying out renovation works, room acoustics are not usually a priority. This often proves to be a mistake when putting premises with particular acoustic requirements into operation for the first time. In large offices, restaurants or event venues, the damping of noise is a necessary functionality of the room design.

The ʻEnvision Mobileʼ audio visualization system turns Basotect’s excellent sound-absorbing effect and the almost unlimited design freedom into a virtual experience with the help of various examples. Using 3D glasses and headphones, building owners and architects experience a direct and realistic before-and-after comparison of how Basotect® changes the acoustics in different premises. “With ʻEnvision Mobileʼ, the authentic reproduction of room acoustics with and without Basotect® can be demonstrated in different virtual environments. The photorealistic 3D display accentuates the virtual experience,” explains Enrico Kürtös, from Inreal Technologies GmbH.

Using Basotect®, the melamine foam of BASF, allows the creation of optimum room acoustics retroactively and with little effort. The light, porous sound absorber is easy to handle and places no restrictions on design freedom. Through the use of decorative acoustic boards, suspended baffles, paneled ceilings or even individually molded shapes, a perceptible and measurable improvement in room acoustics can always be achieved. “The high importance of effective sound absorption is particularly impressive when the room becomes audible and we can demonstrate the effects of the acoustic optimization of different environments to customers in a perceptible way,” says Peter Wolf, Head of Basotect® Global Marketing at BASF.

Experience the acoustic and optical effects of Basotect® for yourself at the K trade fair in Düsseldorf, at stand C21/D21 from 19 to 26 October 2016.

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Oct 17, 2016

Versatile. Always. Everywhere. The TeamUP Chair

Co-creation of BASF, ITO Design and Interstuhl
Multifunctional chair design for modern office environments
New materials offer more comfort, reduced weight, and maximum functionality

Solutions evolve as demands change. This is especially true in the business world. The ever-increasing pace of change in our work, offices and organizational structures calls for new and flexible office designs. BASF, in collaboration with ITO Design and Interstuhl, decided to tackle this challenge. The result is the TeamUP Chair, which makes use of almost 20 different BASF materials. Its ergonomics and multifunctionality set new standards for the creative hub in your office.

The prototype will be showcased for the first time in October on BASF’s stand at K 2016 (Hall 5, Stand C21/D21).

From the idea to a groundbreaking chair design

BASF does not just supply materials and support customers and designers in the construction of technical components with the Ultrasim® simulation tool. BASF also pioneers new trends in the furniture industry and the workplace. In 2014, BASF’s designfabrik® thus ran a competition to develop a new type of chair that measured up to the ongoing changes in the office environment. The winner was ITO Design of Nuremberg.

Armin Sander, CEO of ITO Design: “In the future, the key to success will be adaptable office environments that promote collaboration and provide the best possible reflection of teamwork in all its forms. These environments will be highly mobile and function like a living organism, moving constantly and adjusting smoothly to changing requirements. When developing the TeamUP concept, our main focus therefore lay on three areas: teamwork, learning, and social contact.”

TeamUP is an ad-hoc micro workplace that brings people together but can also facilitate concentrated solo working. It forms independent working spaces and can be adjusted to individual requirements. TeamUP combines the mobility and functionality of a conference chair with the comfort of an armchair and the atmosphere of a private room. Versatile. Always. Everywhere.

It goes without saying that a project of this type needs a high-performing, innovative partner who demands the highest standards in furniture production. In Interstuhl, the renowned office furniture manufacturer with German-based development and production, the ideal partner was found. Interstuhl is also a member of Office21, a project dealing with developments and options aimed at the design of successful new working environments in companies. Frank Gfrörer, Managing Director at Interstuhl: “Right from the first presentation of TeamUP, we were convinced that this is a groundbreaking project that sets new standards and accounts for the changing conditions in the working world. We are well-known for our unusual, intelligent office furniture solutions, and that is exactly what TeamUP is.”

Versatile materials maximize both functionality and comfort

Many of the positive qualities of the TeamUP Chair stem directly from the choice of materials, which thus played an important role in the development of the design. BASF provides almost 20 different materials for the TeamUP Chair, from the wheels to the upholstery. Made from a combination of Ultramid® and Ultraform®, the wheels create a perfect balance of smoothness and friction. Additional coating with the Elasturan® polyurethane cast elastomer optimizes wheel grip on a wide range of floor surfaces. Cushions on the TeamUP Chair are made of CosyPUR® and Elastoflex® W, two polyurethane foams that ensure a maximum absorption of pressure and comfortable padding. Both foams can be made in a range of different hardness grades and provide maximum comfort whether employed together or individually. The bracket for the writing tablet is made of Ultramid® Structure LFX, the high-performance polyamide with long glass fiber reinforcement. This especially tough and stiff material can substitute for metal in a large range of possible uses. The tablet itself can be manufactured either from Ultramid® coated with Elastollan® for a special soft touch surface or from Ultramid® SI. This novel surface polyamide can also be found in the frame of the TeamUP chair. It combines the typical technical qualities of a polyamide with a sophisticated surface look, thus meeting the toughest demands of furniture makers. The midsection and seat, meanwhile, contain Acrodur®, the formaldehyde-free water-based acrylate resin. Coating with valureTM lends a sophisticated feel to the seat and rear section of the chair, while allowing for a virtually unlimited choice of colors and forms.

Jens Müller, EMEA Segment Marketing for Furniture at BASF’s Performance Materials Division: “With the TeamUP Chair, we are pursuing a market-viable product design for eventual series production. Calculations for crucial components such as the frame, including the seat, writing tablet and tablet bracket, were therefore made by our Ultrasim® experts to ensure optimum use of components and molds." Design, development, and materials competence for the furniture industry all come together in the TeamUP Chair.

As well as being presented by BASF at K 2016, the TeamUP Chair will also be exhibited by Interstuhl at Orgatec, the leading international trade show for the modern world of work, at Stand B058-C059 in Hall 7.1. Orgatec takes place in Cologne on October 25-29, 2016.

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Oct 17, 2016

Aliphatic Elastollan® enables innovative overlays for demanding floor coverings

Better resistance and more comfort for decorative floors
Excellent damping characteristics despite low layer thickness

Aliphatic TPU Elastollan® from BASF provides the basis for an innovative overlay solution for manufacturing modular designer floors or other decorative surfaces. The international packaging and paper company Mondi offers this newly developed surface material under the name roomskin® floor as a composite comprising a printed decorative support and a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) top layer.

This elastic, highly transparent surface layer is particularly thin and very durable. It provides a brilliant decor, feels pleasant to walk on and is used primarily in new types of floor coverings. In addition, surface structures that match the decor can be provided on an individual basis. For BASF this means an expansion of the range of applications for its aliphatic Elastollan grades: In addition to established applications such as glass interlayers or films to protect cars from stone chipping, the flexible plastic is now also being used in flooring.

The Elastollan grades which are based on aliphatic raw materials are light-fast, offer the high mechanical resilience that is typical of this material, and are available in a wide Shore hardness range from 75 A to 80 D. Thanks to Elastollan's very low emissions and odorlessness, the guideline values of the AgBB scheme (German Committee for Health-Related Evaluation of Building Products) are easily complied with. This ensures a healthy indoor climate in areas inside homes and in public buildings. Use of this surface layer also allows floors to meet the criteria for the “Blue Angel” seal of quality – this seal guarantees that products meet high standards in respect of the environment, health and use properties. This new type of overlay is therefore a solid alternative to floors containing PVC.

New application with potential

Mondi came up with the idea of developing this new area of application for Elastollan. “Thanks to the long-standing partnership with the material experts from BASF, we were able to put our idea into practice and develop a transparent surface layer based on Elastollan for the flooring market,” says Dr. Alexander Ohneiser, Applications and Process Development, Mondi Advanced Materials. “The plastic offers an ideal choice with its varied property profile. Elastollan enables us to meet the highest quality requirements in the flooring market.” It was thus possible to manufacture a decorative overlay with a special feel and exceptionally high wear resistance.

Mondi was able to win the global flooring manufacturer Egger as a customer. Egger is already using roomskin floor very successfully in its new Design+ flooring and is particularly impressed by the high resilience of the material along with the sustainability aspects. “Indentations which are created by everyday use are automatically repaired. The TPU surface layer on our timber-based designer floors allows us to offer a solution that gives the consumer more protection, improved room acoustics and more comfort,” says Stephan Unger, Head of the Retail Marketing Team at Egger.

Mondi will, also supported by BASF in the future, press ahead with further development of the overlay. The aim is to open up additional market segments with the films and coatings based on Elastollan.

The material Elastollan from BASF can be used for a wide range of different applications and, due it its wide range of properties, it is used in numerous sectors such as the automotive, mechanical engineering, and medical sectors, as well as in sport and leisure. Produced in an extrusion process, Elastollan is used in filaments and profiles, tubes and hoses, cable sheathing and films.

roomskin® floor is a registered trade mark of Mondi.
Elastollan® is a registered trade mark of BASF SE.

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Oct 17, 2016

New service: Foam-fill simulation of polyurethane systems for the automotive interior

Simulation tool Ultrasim® now expanded to virtual process design of instrument panels made of semi-rigid systems
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors uses new BASF service for instrument panels in BMW X1
Benefits: faster component development and greater process stability

BASF now offers an additional service for polyurethane systems in automotive interiors. BASF’s Ultrasim® simulation tool has been expanded so that the behavior of PU systems during foaming can now be reliably predicted for both open and closed molds. The new service has proved especially successful with instrument panels made with the Elastoflex® E semi-rigid system. The international automotive supplier Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is using the virtual process design for the instrument panels it manufactures for current models such as the BMW X1. Based on the CAE model for each panel and a new material description of the semi-rigid system within Ultrasim®, a foam-fill simulation is created, which allows the customer to spot potential problems with the design and manufacturing of the component before the mold is made. Thus Elastoflex® E instrument panels can be developed faster, their production process can be sped up and costs can be reduced.

Instrument panels are safety-relevant, large and complex components that vehicle makers approve individually for every car model. During manufacturing, the foaming process is crucial to ensure that carrier, skin, PU foam and the respective airbag design combine to produce a harmonious component. In addition to BASF’s established technical support, with Ultrasim® the PU foam can be manufactured efficiently according to process and part. The crucial aspect is that the process design already begins at an early, purely virtual phase of the project. For customers, this is a significant help toward cutting project times, optimizing mold design and planning development work in a cost-effective and holistic way – and that globally.

Simulation adds value especially in early project phases

Within BASF’s simulation tool, the manufacturing process for the component is an integral part of the calculation of the component behavior. Ultrasim® contains tailor-made material models for PU systems, so that the injection, foaming and hardening of the polyurethane can be precisely predicted. The analysis thus takes exactly into account the typical properties of the relevant materials: the temperature-dependent reaction process and foam formation as well as the resulting density profile and flowability during foaming. This makes it possible to generate a location-independent calculation of the foaming process: from injection via the complete mold filling to the final part density.

Setting the right process parameters is just as important as having an exact description of the material behavior. Foam-fill simulation allows the injection position, the route of the mixing head and the orientation of the mold to be analyzed, but also flow aids, venting designs and closing times. Thus the foaming process in both open and closed molds becomes transparent and can be examined with a virtual magnifying glass. For closed mold processes, the simulation results can be used to evaluate different injection designs, so as to prevent e.g. air voids and weld lines. For open molds, Ultrasim® can run a series of virtual simulations to optimize injection lines for the PU system. The simulation especially adds value in the early phase of a project, because it generally reduces development times. And if the simulation detects a problem, customers can adjust part geometry and venting designs at no extra cost.

Safety and comfort in car interiors with molded parts made of Elastoflex® E

With the semi-rigid Elastoflex® E polyurethane system, foam-backed parts can be tailor-made for vehicle interiors. Optimized for cost and performance, the systems, which are approved by numerous vehicle manufacturers worldwide, are distinguished by low foam density and low emissions. They are aging-resistant and offer excellent adhesion to substrates and different skins such as PVC, TPO and PU. The systems benefit from their cost-effectiveness, owing to short demolding times, low material usage and high processing safety. So complex part shapes with long flow paths can be produced in one shot or with thin walls.

The next step: Ultrasim® for automotive components made of integral and flexible foams

The new simulation service is currently being used in customer projects for other components such as engine hoods and steering wheels, i.e. for integral and flexible foams. The medium-term goal is to use Ultrasim® to determine the ideal processing parameters of all PU systems for a mold but also to gain insight into the ideal PU system for a given mold. Achieving this will require not only a virtual map of the foam process, but also a reliable simulation of selected mechanical part properties – a service which BASF has already applied successfully in customer projects dealing with fiber-reinforced engineering plastics for many years.

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Jul 12, 2016

SLENTITE®: Successful piloting of new high-performance insulation material for customized climate management

First customer projects started with cooperation partners
SLENTITE® – the heavy-duty panel made of a PU aerogel

SLENTITE®, BASF’s new high-performance insulation material, is now entering its market preparation phase. After the commissioning of the pilot plant for the production of sample quantities in June 2015, the production process for the novel PU aerogel has advanced to the next level. In March 2016, SLENTITE was exhibited for the first time in an application of a cooperation partner. At “Frontale”, the biggest European trade show for window construction, doors and facades in Nürnberg, possible applications were presented in two Beck+Heun products.

Customized climate management for energy upgrades

In the design and construction sectors, the properties of SLENTITE are opening up totally new potential. The innovative material based on a polyurethane (PU) aerogel is manufactured as a heavy-duty panel displaying exceptional insulation performance. Owing to its open-porous structure, the material provides moisture regulation and thus contributes to a pleasant interior climate: Customized climate management with the new high-performance insulation material. SLENTITE delivers an optimal package of all the key properties of an efficient and futuristic insulation material for new buildings and for the energy upgrade of existing ones. Inserted between the window frame and the masonry, SLENTITE makes window modernization even more attractive. The PU aerogel can be installed as thermal insulation wedges between walls and windows indoors and outdoors, regardless of the window frame material. “We now have the chance to eliminate thermal weak points in the building envelope, prevent damage, and enhance interior comfort,” says Dr. Marc Fricke, SLENTITE Project Manager at BASF Polyurethanes.

Constructing Tomorrow: Superlative insulation values for the buildings of the future

Architects, designers, and clients are constantly on the lookout for new materials that insulate buildings efficiently and also open up scope for creativity. At the same time, materials have to meet high standards of sustainability, resource efficiency and interior climate – in new and modernized buildings. This is where SLENTITE delivers further product improvements. Jesper Bjerregaard, Director Marketing Construction and responsible for the SLENTITE market launch, is convinced of the success of the new product: “With our new high-performance insulation material, we can offer the market a variety of possible solutions for the challenges of the future. In the construction sector there is big demand for innovative approaches, novel construction materials, and above all sustainable strategies for residential interiors. With SLENTITE we can meet the requirements for forward-looking architecture and infrastructure.”

If you’d like to know more about the visionary application ideas for new, high-performance SLENTITE, visit us at K 2016.

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Jul 7, 2016

Just brilliant, this new effect pigment!

Lumina® Royal Dragon Gold at 2016 K trade fair
High lightening pigment for brilliant effects
New styling options and greater formulation flexibility for plastics applications

BASF will present Lumina® Royal Dragon Gold effect pigment, the newest member of Lumina Royal product family during the 2016 K trade fair in Düsseldorf from October 19th – 26th.

The new Lumina Royal Dragon Gold EH 0908 is a brilliant green shade gold mica effect pigment that offers the highest lightness and strongest sparkle in styling for yellows and greens. It extends the color space potential of high chroma shades for packaging, consumer electronics, household appliances, sporting goods and other specialty applications.

“Lumina Royal Dragon Gold provides attractive shades, especially in combination with yellow pigments or in black reduction,” says Marc Dumont, Head of Marketing for Pigments for Plastics at BASF. “Our customers will be able to formulate new looks of greenish gold hues with exceptional sparkling and brilliance.” Thanks to its unique coloristic properties, the pigment enables exploring new boundaries of the colors and effects space for a wide range of colored plastics applications and allows a greater formulation flexibility to customers. It additionally enables approaching brilliance of coatings finishes when applied in a high gloss polymer molding.

Lumina Royal Dragon Gold joins five previously launched highly chromatic Lumina Royal pigments including Aqua, Blue, Indigo, Magenta and Copper that are being widely adopted.

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Jul 7, 2016

Tailored polyamide portfolio for the charge-air duct in modern combustion engines

Ultramid® grades for various demands on pressure and resistance up to 220°C
Selected polyamides available with globally consistent specifications, locally manufactured

The reductions in fuel consumption and emissions which are prescribed by law in many countries are forcing the automotive industry to act. Besides developing alternative drives, the optimization of traditional combustion engines continues to play a key role. Downsizing results in higher pressures and temperatures, especially in components that carry air behind the turbocharger. BASF is responding to this development in engine designs with a consistent portfolio of PA6 and PA66 grades that meet the higher demands on the materials, their mechanical properties and temperature resistance. Depending on the base polymer and stabilization system, the materials are resistant to heat aging up to 220°C and show excellent burst pressure and weld strength. This means the part developer can be provided with the optimum material for each of the different components in the charge-air duct that offers the best value for money. Selected grades are based on global specifications: They are supplied worldwide from local manufacturing facilities, with uniform material properties and a consistently high level of quality.

More pressure, higher temperatures, lower costs

Turbochargers can be used to compensate for a loss of power in the engine while at the same time reducing the cubic capacity. Turbocharging produces higher pressures and temperatures in the engine compartment, especially in the charge-air duct. At the same time, car makers continue to develop the design of the charge-air duct to make the installation space more efficient and reduce emissions. This technological advancement in engine design is being accompanied by global processes of standardization and relocation of production facilities: Globally standardized engines and respective add-on parts are used in different vehicles that are produced locally. BASF is responding to this trend by offering a range of globally available products manufactured locally with globally valid specifications.

For use in the charge-air duct

BASF offers polyamides for the various temperature requirements of the charge-air duct. The range comprises PA6, PA66 and PA66/6 grades with a glass fiber content between 30 and 50 percent. Ultramid® B3WG6 GPX, a PA6 containing 30% glass fiber, has been newly added to the portfolio. It is resistant to temperatures up to 180°C and for a short time up to 200°C. Due to its excellent burst pressure and weld strength, it is suitable for air intake manifolds made from several parts. The upper end of the temperature range is covered by Ultramid® Endure, a specialty polyamide which can stand constant use temperatures of 220°C and peaks up to 240°C. The grades Ultramid® Endure D3G7 with 35% glass fiber reinforcement and D3G10 with 50% glass fiber reinforcement are suitable for injection molding. They are proven to work well in air intake manifolds of turbocharged diesel engines as well as in resonators and sensors. Well-known OEMs use Ultramid® Endure D5G3 BM (with 15% glass fiber), which is suitable for blow molding, in charge-air pipes. For temperatures between 180°C and 210°C, the portfolio contains PA66 plastics with enhanced heat stabilization. These include Ultramid® A3W2G6 to G10 (with glass fiber reinforcements from 30 to 50%) for temperatures up to 190°C, e.g. in charge air cooler endcaps, and the new Ultramid® A3W3G7 for temperatures up to 210°C.

Outstanding weld and burst pressure strength

In addition to the traditional storage of standard test specimens in a heating cabinet, which provides a good reference point for choosing materials, dynamic and close-to-component tests are playing an increasingly important role. These include tests of fatigue strength on tensile bars subjected to varying stresses, determining the burst pressure of welded hollow bodies and pressure alternation tests at different application temperatures.

Welded components are frequently used in the engine. If the material has a lower glass fiber content, the weldline can represent a weak point, particularly after aging. All of the grades in the portfolio display outstanding burst pressure and weld strength. They are particularly suitable for vibration and hot gas welding. The weld strength was measured on the Ultrasim® Weld Tester. BASF developed this complex test specimen in order to determine the fatigue strength of weldlines under various long-term loads. It also enables a more precise prediction of the part’s service life using BASF’s Ultrasim® simulation tool. The simulation helps customers to create an optimum design for their components at an early stage of development, to reduce development loops and the amount of prototypes.

Compared to the previous standard product, the newly developed Ultramid® B3WG6 GPX not only displays an initial burst pressure that is 25% higher. It also withstands four times as many alternating pressure load cycles at 100°C. Ultramid® A3W3G7, which is also new, fills in the gap between the Ultramid® A3W2 grades and Ultramid® Endure: The plastic shows very good mechanical properties even at constant use temperatures up to 210°C.

Global specification, local production

The demand for globally standardized materials will continue to rise. This is being driven by the desire of the globally operating OEMs to reduce their costs through modularization. Globally identical specifications make it possible to streamline approval and logistics processes if a material is only approved once centrally and can then be procured globally from local sources. The obstacle is that a considerable amount of time and effort is required to establish uniform quality standards across different regions: For example, locally differing raw material sources, legal requirements, test standards and location-based differences have to be taken into account. BASF already offers several plastics which satisfy these requirements. The company is intensively working at expanding this global product portfolio. It also globally assists customers with component simulation and tailor-made support in application development and realistic component testing.

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Jul 5, 2016

BASF presents new Ultramid® copolyamide for film and monofilament applications

New copolyamide simplifies the production of films
Films become softer and more transparent
Higher strength of fishing lines

As of now, BASF offers a new, high-quality Ultramid® for film and monofilament applications such as fishing lines with Ultramid C37LC. Ultramid C37LC is a PA6/6.6 copolyamide. It allows manufacturers of shrink film for food packaging to achieve higher hot water and hot air shrinking. The manufacturer can thus forgo the otherwise usual admixture of amorphous polyamides, which makes the production process leaner and more efficient.

The improved properties of the product also avoid undesired curling of asymmetrical multi-layer films with polyethylene or polypropylene. These films are used for stand-up pouches, lid films and deep drawing applications, among others. By reducing the melting point of the Ultramid to 182°C, the usual effort for post-treatment in form of a water bath or the admixture of amorphous polyamides can be omitted.

Films produced with Ultramid C37LC have a low crystallinity and are therefore significantly softer and more transparent than films made of conventional copolyamide.

Improved tensile and knot strength of fishing lines

The product properties of Ultramid C37LC allow manufacturers of fishing nets and fishing lines, monofilaments, to improve the tearresistance or knot strength of their product. The production process for monofilaments is also becoming more efficient as the admixture of amorphous polyamides or caprolactam can be forgone.

"The new Ultramid C37LC is a huge step forward, "emphasizes Frank Reil, Head of Marketing and New Business Development for Polyamides at BASF. "It will redefine the standard for shrink films and monofilaments. This is our way of fulfilling the industry's request for higher product quality and efficiency in the manufacturing process."

Ultramid products for wide-ranging applications

With more than 60 years of experience, BASF is the leading supplier of high quality polyamides and polyamide intermediates for the engineering plastics, film, fiber and monofilament industry. The product portfolio includes Ultramid B (polyamide 6), Ultramid C (polyamide 6/6.6 copolymer) and Ultramid A (polyamide 6.6). The product offerings are supplemented by technical services for our customers.

BASF operates Ultramid polymerization plants in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Freeport and Texas, USA and Shanghai, China.

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Jul 5, 2016

New welding technology for thick insulation boards

Combinations of different insulation materials are possible
Highly compression-proof Styrodur® boards (XPS) up to 240 mm available

BASF has worked with a well-known machine manufacturer to develop a new technology for welding insulation boards. The contactless, thermal welding process makes it possible to combine a variety of insulation materials. For example, Styrodur®, the extruded rigid polystyrene foam from BASF, can be combined with polyurethane, inorganic insulation materials, or the melamine resin foam Basotect® to form completely new insulation material solutions. The Styrodur portfolio also includes new, especially thick boards made using this process in the highly compression-proof varieties Styrodur 4000 CS and 5000 CS. The boards cover the thickness range from 60 mm to 240 mm with a consistently good insulation value (lambda: 0.035 W/(m·K)).

Advantages for the construction industry

Architects, planners, and craftsmen benefit from the new possibilities: the traditional advantages of the Styrodur board, such as low water absorption and high compressive strength, can be combined with the desirable properties of other building products. BASF has already patented a range of applications and product combinations. On this basis, the company is seeking to develop and advance new applications in building insulation together with interested partners.

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Jul 1, 2016

BASF's competence in plastic additives helps polymer products withstand harsh weather conditions

BASF launches new light stabilizers at K-Fair: Tinuvin® 880 and Tinuvin® XT 55
New products for automotive interior parts and artificial turf
Innovations and strong global footprint make BASF Plastic Additives a reliable and preferred partner to the industry

BASF Plastic Additives’ core competence lies in light, thermal and process stabilization, allowing polymer producers and converters maximize plastics properties retention and extension. With Tinuvin® 880 and Tinuvin® XT 55, BASF launches the latest generation of light stabilizers at K 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for plastics and rubber.

Automotive plastic parts are increasingly contributing to lightweighting, aesthetic appeal, comfort as well as providing various
functional and structural benefits. Plastic elements and surfaces are expected to maintain their original material appearance and properties over the entire lifetime which is why tailored light stabilization becomes increasingly important to OEMs and formulators.

Novel plastics stabilization for automotive applications: Tinuvin 880 – a new Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer (HALS)

BASF offers a new generation of methylated HALS enabling formulators to optimize the long-lasting appearance and performance of various automotive interior parts. Tinuvin 880 provides unmatched intrinsic long-lasting UV resistance as well as a drastically improvedthermal stability crucial for interior applications. It is also designed to improve secondary properties by eliminating defects such as mold deposit and surface stickiness, even in scratch-improved materials. As a unique 100% active substance, formulators are given entire freedom to accurately adjust parts performance properties as well as economics.

The main materials used in interior parts are polypropylene, other thermoplastic polyolefins and styrenics blends. They are used to produce instrument panels, door panels, consoles, glove boxes, trims and more. Plastics are gaining popularity in materials used to produce car parts due to their lightweighting advantage, design possibilities, and lower costs. Such plastics, however, are daily stressed by UV light and thermal aging, requiring tailor made stabilization and formulation flexibility.

With these intrinsic outstanding features to provide UV resistance in the long run, Tinuvin 880 is expected to become a leading candidate to improve the stabilization of exterior parts such as bumper, side cladding and rocker panel as well.

Novel plastics stabilization for artificial turfs: Tinuvin XT 55 – less impact of water carryover

Fibers and tapes used for numerous applications such as technical textiles for the construction industry like geo-textiles, roofing insulation, barrier structures as well as carpets, have to withstand harsh climate conditions, including prolonged exposure to UV light, fluctuating and elevated temperature, and environmental pollutants. Fibers and tapes often made of polyolefin obtain their resistance to aging by adding a Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer (HALS).

In addition to the mandatory light and thermal stability requirements, the converters are often faced with challenges of industrial manufacturing. The production of fibers and tapes with processing issues and production halts can lead to capacity reduction or potentially quality inconsistency.

An example is the manufacturing of polyethylene (PE) monofilaments for artificial turfs used to make sport floors or landscaping. The additives and colorants are usually added via a concentrated combi-batch and the filaments may be processed through a water bath. In the latter case, a phenomenon called water carryover is regularly experienced on the line leading to production disruption. To address this issue, BASF introduces Tinuvin XT 55, its latest generation of HALS for the film, fibers and tapes industry. Its primary application is polyethylene monofilaments and tapes. Tinuvin XT 55 is a high-performance light stabilizer that has very low contribution to water carryover enabling the production line to run without disruptions.

Tinuvin XT 55 also provides formulators with superior durability and excellent secondary properties such as color stability, gas fading and extraction resistance. In addition, excellent cost performance can be achieved with this new solution by adjusting dosage and other formulation components. Other applications can be considered, in particular, polyolefin monofilaments and tapes for shade nets, scaffolding, geo-textiles and big bags such as flexible intermediate bulk containers.

BASF works closely with customers on testing formulations prior to production scale-up to further improve the durability of plastic materials and develop innovative and sustainable solutions.

BASF’s light stabilization additives filter harmful UV light and act as free radical scavengers. This helps to avoid polymer degradation, maintain their appearance as well as their chemical and physical properties. For example, they are used in the interior and exterior of cars for protection against long-term exposure to sunlight and heat. In textiles, light stabilization additives are widely used to maintain the tenacity of synthetic fibers when exposed to thermal and UV aging while maintaining other secondary properties such as color retention. Agricultural plastics are another area where light stabilizers play an important role in protecting films from early degradation, due to simultaneous exposure to UV light, thermal stress and agricultural crop treatments.

BASF is a leading supplier of plastic additives with more than 50 years of experience. Its comprehensive and innovative product portfolio includes stabilizers which provide ease in processing, heat and light resistance to a variety of polymers and applications including molded articles, films, fibers, sheets and extruded profiles.

More information about additives: http://www.plasticadditives.basf.com

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Jun 30, 2016

Smart pallets for cost-effective supply chains: Resistant thanks to Elastocoat® C from BASF

Pallets from Ahrma boast a new kind of “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology with innovative functionalities
Elastocoat® C allows optimum protection, a longer life time and coating in an automated spraying process

BASF is collaborating with the Dutch start-up company Ahrma Holding B.V., whose aim is to launch a completely new pallet concept on the logistics market. For the purpose of coating the extremely robust hybrid pallets made from medium density fiberboard (MDF) and plastic, the formulation of BASF’s Elastocoat® C spray system was developed further.

The result is that the PU coating improves the resistance and durability of these pallets and it can now be sprayed on directly in continuous, automated spraying units. There is no need for any further primer coat. The MDF pallets sealed with Elastocoat C are not just more stable and around 25% lighter than traditional pallets, but also boast an innovative, comprehensive track and trace system. The life span of the pallets is extended considerably to up to 10 years and individual components of the pallets can be dismantled and replaced.

Big data in the supply chain thanks to innovative transponder

Using the transponder that is integrated in the pallets and the software from Ahrma, Supply Chain Big Data (SCBD system), the company is able to record not just the position and movement of the pallets, but also their ambient temperature and load state and any possible impactor dropping of the pallets. This offers a series of benefits and cost savings for customers: It means that unused pallets can be located and optimum use can be guaranteed. Costs as a result of unused, lost or stolen pallets are reduced. Interruptions in the cold chain or any loss incurred can also be demonstrated and processes improved accordingly. The pallets remain the property of Ahrma and are loaned to customers as required.

BASF’s coating ensures durability

BASF’s contribution: The Elastocoat C spray system seals the pallet surfaces efficiently, quickly and permanently and thus provides optimum protection against water, dirt, microbial infestation and abrasion. This increases the durability of the pallets and can also help to protect the goods stored on them.

“There have not been any innovations in the pallet industry for more than fifty years. Our solution is to lease reusable smart pallets on attractive terms,” explains Erik de Bokx, CEO of Ahrma Holding B.V. “The Elastocoat C PU spray system from BASF contributes to this by enabling continuous and rapid coating in an automated process.”

In addition, thanks to the coating the pallets can be cleaned and thus reused quickly. This is an attribute that is particularly important especially for customers in the food, beverages and pharmaceutical sectors. Elastocoat C is also resistant to chemicals, flexible, crack bridging and wear-resistant. It is resistant to low temperatures, quickly hardens following application, and offers a non-slip surface which makes the load even more secure.

“The cooperation with Ahrma is the result of successful teamwork. The first contact came about through our colleagues in the Netherlands. BASF then worked together closely with Ahrma to come up with a customized solution,” says Gorm Carsting, Sales Team Leader, BASF Performance Materials Europe.

The customized Greenpanel® MDF blanks for the pallets are supplied by the company Makers B.V. The concept of MDF panels sprayed with Elastocoat can be flexibly deployed and is also used in exhibition stand construction, for example, as a floor panel with an appropriately adapted shape.

BASF at K 2016

Where your ideas become ideal solutions: BASF at K fair from October 19-26, 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany, in hall 5, booth C21/D21. You can find all related press releases, photos and further information here:

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Jun 30, 2016

Ultramid® Advanced N: new polyphthalamide portfolio for sophisticated components in the automotive and electronics industries

New partially aromatic polyamides from BASF now globally available
Extraordinary combination of properties: constant mechanics up to 100°C, outstanding resistance to chemicals, low water absorption, low friction and wear

BASF is expanding its range of partially aromatic polyamides and launching a new polyphthalamide (PPA) portfolio on the market. The portfolio with the name Ultramid® Advanced N comprises unreinforced compounds and compounds reinforced with short or long glass fibers as well as flame-retardant grades. They exceed the properties of conventional PPA plastics: constant mechanics up to 100°C (glass transition temperature: 125°C), outstanding chemical resistance and low water absorption as well as low friction and wear. Ultramid® Advanced N enables short cycle times and a wide processing window. The new product line is supplemented by detailed material characterization and the proven BASF application development capabilities. BASF offers selected grades for customer projects around the world from now on.

Greater scope for innovations

The new portfolio gives customers from different industries greater freedom for innovations in order to develop technically sophisticated end-consumer products. With Ultramid® Advanced N, customers are able to satisfy demands for miniaturization, functional integration andfreedom of design. They are also able to comply with energy efficiency and safety parameters – factors that are crucial to market success. With the new BASF PPA these high standards for mechanics, chemical resistance and dimensional stability can be met across a wide temperature range. “Ultramid® Advanced N is BASF’s response to the rising demands on plastics that are employed today under increasingly challenging operating conditions”, says Dr. Melanie Maas-Brunner, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Europe. “Developing specialties such as Ultramid® Advanced N is in-line with our strategy to provide our customers with a broad range of solutions. We are committed to offer a broad PPA portfolio and will further launch high-performance plastics in the coming years.”

Wide range of uses in many industries

Using Ultramid® Advanced N allows customers to design lighter, smaller and stronger plastic components for challenging environments where other materials reach their limits. The special properties of the new BASF PPA can be combined to create unique product profiles. The material is able to solve application problems in a wide range of different uses: Ultramid® Advanced N is suitable for small connectors and function-integrating housings in white goods, consumer electronics and mobile devices. It can be used in automotive components and structural parts near the engine and the gearbox in contact with hot, aggressive media and different fuels. Applications like gear wheels and other wear parts can be implemented, too. Ultramid® Advanced N possesses lead-free soldering properties that find application within the electronics and electrical industry, e.g. to assemble circuit boards using SMD (SMD: surface mounted device) technology. “We will actively approach our customers to understand their specific requirements and offer them solutions based on BASF’s expertise in application development and product know-how,” says Abdullah Shaikh, Head of PPA Business, Performance Materials Europe. “We are looking forward to providing more insight into our portfolio and discuss applications with our customers during the K fair in October 2016.”

Superior mechanics, outstanding flame retardance and more

Rigidity and strength of the new BASF polyphthalamide remain stable up to the high glass transition temperature of 125°C, with very low impact from external influences like changes in humidity. Compared to a corresponding PA66 grade (glass transition temperature: 60°C), Ultramid Advanced N has a broader application range and superior mechanics. The electrical properties of Ultramid® Advanced N are also largely independent of moisture content at room temperature and above – a marked difference compared to aliphatic polyamides. As a result of its high melting point of 300°C and its low water uptake, Ultramid® Advanced N is particularly suitable for lead-free soldering: The heat distortion temperature is maintained and the material does not display any blistering. The low water uptake leads to an excellent dimensional stability. In tests, the water and moisture uptake could be reduced by 50% compared to a PA6T. An Ultramid® Advanced N grade reinforced with 35% glass fibers only absorbs less than 1% of moisture until saturation.

In alternating climate tests, the flame-retardant grade reinforced with 30% glass fibers proved to be superior to corresponding market PPA grades as far as its tendency to migrate is concerned. It has very good flame-retardant properties (V-0 rating in the UL94 tests at 0.4 mm) and is equipped with a flame retardant which is free of halogen. The material also displays excellent creep resistance, a good surface finish and is laser-markable.

Ultramid® Advanced N is extraordinarily resistant against chemicals, in particular hot oil, coolants such as Glysantin®, against calcium chloride as well as fuels with a high methanol content. The individual grades are fitted with different heat stabilizers and thus tailor-made for particular requirements of the automotive, electrical and electronics industries.

BASF at K 2016

Where your ideas become ideal solutions: BASF at K fair from October 19-26, 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany, in hall 5, booth C21/D21. You can find all related press releases, photos and further information here:

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Jun 30, 2016

BASF extends its portfolio of innovative foam solutions with ecovio® EA

Certified compostable particle foam with high biobased content
Optimized multi-shock response, ideal for transport packaging
Expandable particle foam, easy to process on existing EPP or EPS machines

BASF is expanding its range of high performance foam products with the innovative, certified compostable particle foam ecovio® EA. The product is predominantly biobased and, like all of the grades under the ecovio® brand, it supports the biological cycle through its certified compostability. The excellent properties of the patented particle foam make it particularly suitable for transport packaging for high-value or delicate goods where a high level of impact resistance and robustness is vital. The product properties are similar to those of EPS and boast outstanding energy absorption and very good resilience even when subjected to multiple impact loads. The high biobased content and the certified compostability make ecovio EA particularly attractive wherever a fossil packaging solution no longer meets customers’ requirements for a biobased and biodegradable transport solution.

Expandable ecovio EA granules

ecovio EA is the first expandable, closed-cell foam material which is biobased and certified compostable. It consists of the biodegradable BASF polymer ecoflex® and polylactic acid (PLA), which is derived from corn or other sugar-generating plants like manioc.

To produce ecovio EA, expandable granules are charged with the blowing agent pentane in an innovative process. This step enables trouble-free pre-expansion of the material on conventional EPS pre-expanders and subsequent molding. The raw granules themselves have a density of approx. 700g/l. ecovio EA is available in the market with a particle size of 1.05 mm. In addition, a further grade with a diameter of 0.8 mm is under development. The particle foam is available in brown and is delivered to customers in an octabin. The product can be stored there in appropriate storage facilities for at least six months without any quality impairment.

Drop-in solution for manufacturing and processing

Processors can form ecovio EA into an almost limitless range of shapes in two steps. In a first step, the granules are pre-expanded with the addition of steam to produce closed-cell beads with an adjustable minimum bulk density of 25g/l. A short prefoaming time contributes to a low energy consumption in this production step.

Following this, the expanded granules can finally be processed into all kinds of different molded parts. Customers benefit from the fact that the processing can also easily take place on existing EPS or EPP production machines. The very similar processing characteristics mean that there is no need for any conversion of the machines and existing production processes do not need to be substantially modified. The processing process also strongly resembles the processing of EPS, although in general it is necessary to adapt the process parameters. This is reflected in a shorter steaming time while the cycle time in the forming step remains the same overall. In addition, it is necessary to adapt the mold geometries due to the shrinkage of approx. 1.5%. To ensure a very high quality of molded part and dimensional stability it is advisable – similar to EPP processing – to carry out component conditioning in a heating oven after the shaping.

Material properties make it possible to produce packaging for safe transport of goods

In a direct comparison with EPS, ecovio EA has lower rigidity and when it comes to its energy absorbing capacity it comes between EPS and EPP. These properties make this material perfect for use in the E&E sector as well, in particular for heavy and delicate packaged goods such as washing machines or televisions, which need to remain unscathed right along the transport chain even if they are subjected to multiple, heavy impacts.

Furthermore, ecovio EA has a minimum thermal conductivity of 34 mW/(mK) and is therefore also outstandingly suited to all thermal insulation applications in the transport sector. For example, ecovio EA helps to maintain the cold chain at all times for temperature-sensitive goods such as packaged vegetables, fruit, meat, frozen goods or even medicines. This effectively prevents the goods from being ruined.  

Due to the inherent properties of the raw materials, ecovio EA can also be stored at temperatures of up to 100°C over a period of several hours and is therefore also suitable for hot-melt adhesive applications. In addition, ecovio EA also displays good resistance in solvents such as acetone. As a certified compostable product, it also does not contain any flame retardants.

In the future, BASF will also offer ecovio EA with approval for use with food. This will extend the range of applications to all of the areas in which foam is in direct contact with processed food. ecovio EA will also be outstandingly suitable as a (reusable) transport container for processed fruit/vegetables, fish and meat.

Outstanding compostability at the end of the product life cycle

ecovio EA is constantly durable under normal environmental conditions. Special conditions, as are found in industrial composting plants, are required to initiate the biological degradation process. In places where appropriate waste disposal channels are available through local composting plants, this scenario also makes it easier to dispose of the foam – the certified compostability means that it is possible to dispose of it along with leftover food waste – without needing to separate the materials beforehand.

Due to the high porosity and the specific surface area of the foam beads, ecovio EA degrades very quickly in industrial composting plants. Composting tests have shown that, for example, cubes of ecovio EA with an edge length of 5 cm and densities of 28-47g/l break down within the space of five weeks to form water, CO2 and biomass. Prior to composting, the material can also be recycled in grades in customary recycling processes.

When ecovio EA was developed, particular consideration was given to the market’s requirements for a predominantly biobased and compostable foam material that is also very robust. Last but not least, the product also offers a vital argument for sustainable marketing: With ecovio EA users opt for a biobased raw material that can be turned back into valuable compost at the end of its life cycle.

BASF at K 2016

Where your ideas become ideal solutions: BASF at K fair from October 19-26, 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany, in hall 5, booth C21/D21. You can find all related press releases, photos and further information here:

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Company details

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 (AN). Further information at www.basf.com.

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Company data

Sales volume

20 - 100 Mill. US $

Number of employees

> 500

Foundation

1865

Target groups

Chemical industry