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The BASF site in Southfield, Michigan hosted a grand opening ceremony for a new technical laboratory for its customers in the coatings and plastics industries. The newly refurbished 32,000 square foot building represents an investment of approximately $20 million dollars and can accommodate up to 50 people engaged in research, development and technical service, to serve customers and encourage collaboration.

“The laboratory is a significant investment in BASF’s operations in Michigan, allowing continued job growth and supporting customer satisfaction at the Southfield campus” said Greg Pflum, Vice President and General Manager, of the BASF Mid-West Hub.  “This important endeavor increases the diversity of BASF groups working in Southfield. We thank our employees and contractors who safely constructed the project over the last 14 months.”

The state-of-the-art laboratory will support the formulation needs for pigments, resins, performance and formulation additives that are used in transportation, industrial, furniture, and floor coatings and plastics applications.  It centralizes laboratory operations for the Dispersions & Pigments Divisions’ Transportation, Industrial Coatings and Plastics (TICP) business which had been operating from three different locations in the United States prior to the lab opening.

”Focusing on our customers’ needs is the priority for the team working in this new laboratory,” stated Michael McHenry, Vice President, TICP and Printing, Packaging & Adhesives for BASF in North America.  “Our employees now have the ease of collaboration with colleagues and working together in a common location to solve our customers’ problems and help them be more successful.”

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, invited guests and employees toured the laboratory to learn more about the technical capabilities now available at BASF’s Southfield campus.

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BASF has launched two new Catamold® products for customers in the metal injection molding industry. The two cost-effective stainless steel variants, Catamold® 17-4PH K and Catamold® 316L K, allow metal parts to be manufactured at lower cost but with the same high quality and performance.

Thanks to a new formulation, BASF has improved efficiency in the production process. "We're passing on this economy of scale to our customers," says Dr. Matthias Pfeiffer, who is responsible for global Business Management for Catamold ®. "Thanks to the lower feedstock costs, our customers will be able to exploit new markets and be more competitive in the face of competing technologies."

The new products are available around the globe, even for industrial-scale projects, and technical support is offered in all regions by an expert team.

As announced in December 2012, a new Catamold® plant will go into operation in Kuanyin, Taiwan in the second half of 2013. A few months ago, the Technical Service Lab for Catamold® in Ludwigshafen, Germany was joined by another application technology lab in Shanghai, China. "These investments reflect our commitment to driving growth in the metal injection molding industry," says Dr. Stefan Koser, Vice President Metal Systems at BASF.

Catamold® is a ready-to-use raw material for metal and ceramic injection molding (MIM and CIM). The wide product range includes low-alloy and stainless steels, special alloys, and ceramics. Catamold® is used in a wide range of applications, especially in the electronics industry as well as in the automotive and consumer goods industry. With Catamold® , geometrically complex parts can be economically manufactured with conventional injection molding machines. It makes metal and ceramics to mold as plastic, opening up new possibilities for making complex components with economic and technical benefits including a high degree of automation, a wide range of shapes, near-net-shape manufacturing, and good mechanical properties.

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BASF is strengthening its activities in the field of Metal Injection Molding (MIM) in the Asia Pacific region with two new facilities for Catamold®, its ready-to-mold feedstock for MIM.

BASF will set up a new Catamold® production facility at its Kuanyin site in Taiwan. The new plant will have an annual production capacity of more than 5,000 tons and will start-up in the second half of 2013. In addition, BASF has opened a new technical service lab for the company’s MIM feedstock business in Shanghai, China.The new technical service lab for Catamold® is located within BASF’s Innovation Campus Asia Pacific in Pudong, providing technical support as well as customer training.

Currently, the region Asia Pacific represents approximately 50% share of the global MIM market. “At BASF, we expect that this share will increase to 60% by the year 2020,” said Dr. Stefan Koser, Vice President of BASF’s Metal Systems Business Unit. “ The Asian market is therefore one of the major growth drivers for our Catamold ® business. The investment shows our strong commitment towards the Metal Injection Molding Industry in Asia and will enable further substantial growth potential for this technology ,” Koser added.

“With the new lab we are now able to better and faster serve our customers” said Steven Hung, Head of Regional Business Management Metal Systems Asia Pacific.

Catamold® is BASF's ready-to-mold feedstock for metal injection molding (MIM) and ceramic injection molding (CIM), offering a diverse portfolio of low-alloy steels, stainless steels, special alloys and ceramics. Catamold® is successfully used in various applications: From the automotive industry to consumer goods, from the construction industry to medical or computer and communication technology. With Catamold ® , geometrically demanding parts can be economically manufactured with conventional injection molding machines. It makes metal and ceramics as easy to mold as plastic, opening up new possibilities for making complex components with economic and technical benefits including a high degree of automation, a wide range of shapes, near-net-shape manufacturing, and good mechanical properties.

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BASF SE has set up a research initiative called Joint Research Network on Advanced Materials and Systems (JONAS) in collaboration with the universities of Strasbourg, France; Freiburg, Germany, and ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The aim is to work jointly to strengthen the scientific base and understanding of modern materials and systems and expand the international research network. “Functional materials with new combinations of properties offer vast innovative potential. To realize that potential, we need both wide-ranging expertise and a creative interdisciplinary network in order to develop new impulses and ideas and joint exploration of new themes. That is precisely what we hope to achieve through close cooperation with these top universities,” said Dr. Christian Fischer, head of Polymer Research at BASF.

The cooperation will create approximately 20 new post-doc positions at the three universities. The spectrum of future research themes is broad. One area is multi-materials, which are made up of a variety of components and in that way present new and improved performance profiles. Other examples of future research topics are biobased and biodegradable polymers. “The diversity of the potential material innovations from this cooperation is immense, and the potential applications are equally wide-ranging,” commented Dr. Bernd Bruchmann, BASF Vice President in Polymer Research and head of JONAS, adding that system solutions in heat management, lightweight construction and sustainable packaging were areas of interest.

Bionics could help in the search for interesting materials and systems. “We take a close look at the strategies Nature has developed to achieve certain effects, try to learn from those examples and put them to work in innovative technologies,” said Bruchmann. What makes the research initiative so special is the interdisciplinary approach toward joint exploration of interesting new themes. “It is highly possible that we will be working in the near future on topics and issues that BASF has not been actively involved in yet,” said Bruchmann. “We are receptive to good ideas.”

The new initiative builds upon the excellent past experience of the collaboration between BASF and the University of Strasbourg. Since 2003, BASF has been cooperating closely with the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS), which was founded by Nobel laureate Professor Jean-Marie Lehn. The initiative opened up new avenues in collaborative university-industry research.

The new research initiative is also intended to achieve just that. The researchers benefit from the support and expertise of a scientific advisory board featuring Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn and Prof. Paolo Samori from Strasbourg, Prof. Rolf Mülhaupt and Prof. Jürgen Rühe from Freiburg, Prof. Massimo Morbidelli and Prof. Ludwig J. Gauckler from Zurich as well as BASF scientists.

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In September 2011, smart and BASF have exhibited a world first at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main: The visionary “smart forvision”, the new concept vehicle from smart, is the world’s first automobile to ride on thermoplastic wheel rims. However, they are not just a concept, but their performance has already been tested for high-volume production. The wheel rims will also be on display at the BASF stand (hall B4, stand 4306) during the Fakuma plastics trade fair that takes place from October 18 to 22 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

The smart all-plastic wheel rim is over 30 percent lighter than a standard production aluminum wheel. The plastic rim weighs only six kilos and is made of the new specialty polyamide Ultramid® Structure from BASF. This contributes to a noticeable reduction in the vehicle’s weight by a total of 12 kilos and translates into lower fuel consumption when the vehicle is equipped with a conventional engine. In the case of a battery-powered auto such as the “smart forvision”, the result is greater range. The complete rim (to be technically correct: the wheel) – consists of two parts: the actual supporting component and a wheel cover that is also manufactured from BASF Ultramid®. Both parts have a supporting function and withstand high loads under driving conditions. The wheel cover can be painted in any color used for the vehicle. In Frankfurt, it was shown – like the complete “smart forvision” - in white and copper.

“Thermoset rims are already being used in racing and for short production runs”, explained Heiko Hess, who is responsible for wheel development at BASF.“ However, compared to thermoplastic rims, which can be injection molded, they are considerably more complex, more expensive to manufacture and thus unsuitable for high-volume production”.  

Ultramid Structure: Specialty plastic for high loads

The new Ultramid® Structure from BASF’s polyamide line is a composite plastic that can withstand high loads, because it is reinforced with long fibers and was introduced at the K 2010 plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf. The long-fiber reinforcement makes it especially strong – it can replace metal wherever energy absorption is a major requirement, e.g. in crash absorbers, seat structures, battery holders, engine mounts and other structural components. The Ultramid Structure grade used here is particularly rigid, impact-resistant and dimensionally stable.

Designed on the computer

As was the case with numerous Ultramid® parts in recent years, the universally applicable simulation tool ULTRASIM™ from BASF, was used when designing this high-strength Ultramid rim. With the aid of a topology optimization the shape and position of the ribs in the plastic rim can be predicted and optimized on the computer without compromising the design. The form of the wheel was already defined in an early design phase and had to be modified only slightly on the actual part. As a result, it was possible to develop this highly safety-relevant part, which previously existed only in metal, in close cooperation with the Daimler wheel rim experts in a very short period of time. The extensive load tests that the wheel had to pass at smart and BASF included the tolerance test on the wheel measuring machine, the fatigue test on the biaxial wheel test stand (ZWARP test), the biaxial wheel test, the impact / radial impact test when dropped from a tower and the burst test. Coupling to the axle, and thus load transfer, is accomplished by means of metal inserts and bolts.

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Friday, 09 September 2011 12:10

Lightweight Design with plastic – Triple Play

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To show its commitment to the growing importance of lightweight design in the automotive industry, in mid-2011 BASF established a lightweight composites team. The group focuses on the development of marketable materials and technologies that are suitable for manufacturing high-performance fiber-reinforced parts for automotive applications. More metal can be replaced only through use of lightweight yet strong composite materials and parts, and in this way - regardless of the propulsion system in the vehicle - reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions even further.

Via its broad product portfolio, BASF is able to investigate three different plastic matrix systems simultaneously and intends to develop tailor-made formulations in close cooperation with customers. "We can build here on BASF’s know-how in the areas of epoxy, polyurethane and polyamide chemistry, want to exploit the synergies in the team and will be making a double-digit million euro investment in development in the coming years", explained Willy Hoven-Nievelstein, BASF’s head of the Engineering Plastics Europe business unit.

RTM and fiber-reinforced composites: easy-flowing and fast-curing

The processing technology behind the new materials is "Resin Transfer Molding" (RTM), which can be used to produce large and complex composite components in a single press-form operation. This involves placing multilayer fiber structures in a heated mold that is mounted in a press. A liquid resin is then injected into the mold, wetting the fibers completely and then curing in a controlled manner. In the newly established RTM laboratory in Ludwigshafen and at polyurethane research in Lemförde, BASF experts are working on the chemical and technical challenges posed by the new matrix solutions. The automobile components to be produced from these materials in the future will be able to withstand high loads despite their light weight.

In addition to the mechanical performance of the finished fiber-reinforced composite part, good flow characteristics and, above all, a short curing time of the resin components represent the primary challenges with all three material systems. BASF already offers solutions on the basis of epoxy and polyurethane systems under the brand names Baxxodur® and Elastolit® R, respectively . Epoxy resin systems from BASF are in use today for the rotor blades of wind turbines. Both solutions employ novel curing mechanisms: thanks to their low initial viscosity, they impregnate the fiber structures very well and then cure within only a few minutes. Thus they address one of the problems that previously represented an obstacle to the use of high-performance composites in automobile production. They are self-releasing and can be processed on existing high- as well as low-pressure equipment. Moreover, the new polyamide systems that are currently under development can be welded easily and also recycled as thermoplastics. Depending on the customer's requirement profile, one solution or the other will fit the bill. BASF is devoting significant effort on accelerated curing of the three plastic matrix systems, and thus a further shortening of the cycle time.

Endless fibers for structural components: carbon and glass fibers

Structural chassis or body components can be manufactured only from composite materials based on endless carbon or glass fibers, and require fiber contents of about 65 weight percent. Endless fibers are already in use today in aircraft and wind power applications, in plant construction, in prototype construction and in short-run automotive applications. Carbon fibers impart very high stiffness as a reinforcing material and are thus of special interest. To interact with application engineers and end users at an early stage, BASF has recently become a member of Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV), a competence network for carbon fibers and fiber-reinforced composite technology that was established in 2007 and now has more than 120 members. In addition to the performance of a reinforcing material, price and availability are important for rapid introduction of matrix systems to the market. Glass fibers show great potential here: The limits of their mechanical strength have not yet been reached by far.

Multimaterial systems

The overall system consisting of plastic matrix and fiber reinforcement must be processable on a reliable basis and readily adoptable for high-volume production. Compared to conventional metal components, they will contribute to a weight reduction of about 50%. Established technologies that embed metal inserts or endless fiber-reinforced thermoplastic mats and UD tape (unidirectional fiber reinforcement) in plastic complement the new approach. In addition, endless fiber-reinforced skin layers can be combined with lightweight foam cores to yield high-quality sandwich structures with exceptionally good specific part stiffness and good insulating characteristics in combination with low weight. The PU foam systems developed for such parts by BASF are characterized by high compressive strength and temperature resistance in conjunction with a low density. "Without such multimaterial systems, the next major advance in lightweight automotive applications will not be possible", states Volker Warzelhan, Head of Thermoplastics Research at BASF.

At the same time, BASF is expanding the capabilities of ULTRASIM™, its now universal computer simulation tool, the objective being the ability to predict the behavior of complex endless fiber-reinforced composites as well.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 10:27

BASF presents innovations at interpack 2011

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BASF is to present once again at the international packaging fair, Interpack, in Düsseldorf from May 12 to 18. Visitors can find out more about the company's innovative and versatile solutions for the packaging industry at Stand B43 in Hall 10. The company's solutions are presented in five neatly divided themed areas: cost reduction, sustainability, differentiation at the point of sale, content protection and convenience.

BASF presents the following highlights:

Hexamoll® DINCH

BASF's Hexamoll DINCH is an innovative plasticizer made specially for sensitive applications such as toys, medical devices and food-contact products. With its excellent toxicological profile and low migration rate, as confirmed by studies conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging, Hexamoll DINCH is ideally suited for products such as cling film and O-rings for screw closures. Hexamoll DINCH is recommended by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and is listed on the EU 2002/72/EC food contact list.

The fascinating world of color: Aurora® special effect film

Aurora special effect film opens up a variety of optical effects for product designers, packaging and label manufacturers. The film is high-luster with intriguing reflections and comes in a wide range of colors. Aurora can be used for a variety of applications and in combination with a range of matrix materials such as paper and carton. The effect design options – from subtle to striking and sophisticated to playful – open up a wealth of opportunities for unusual packaging, eye-catching displays, film laminates, sachets and fanciful gift wrap. Aurora special effect film is exclusively distributed by BTC Speciality Chemical Distribution. BTC is BASF’s European sales organization for specialty chemicals.

Additive and pigment competency for plastic packaging

As the leading supplier of additives and pigments to the plastics industry, BASF offers its packaging customers a wide variety of products and solutions that enhance the appeal and functionality of packaging. With its unique industry platform approach, its broad product portfolio, and its extensive technical know-how, BASF is able to generate synergies and deliver extra value.

Whether cost efficiency or superior value-in-use being the key focus, a broad range of organic and inorganic pigments such as Cromophtal ®, Heliogen ®, Irgalite ®, and Paliotol ® help match specific customer requirements. In addition, BASF provides a wide range of alternatives to replace lead and diarylide containing pigments, helping customers fulfill increasingly stringent standards and regulations regarding product and consumer safety. Eupolen ® and Microlen ® pigment preparations allow new standards of consistency and reliability in coloration of plastics, leading to improved pro-cessing efficiency. A well established portfolio of effect pigments such as Xymara ®, Mearlin ®, and Firemist ® provide designers with exciting styling opportunities. The wide variety of attainable effects ranges from brilliant sparkling to pearlescent and satin.

Consumers often prefer transparent packaging, as it allows them to see and evaluate the actual product they are buying. Irgaclear ® XT 386, a clarifier for polypropylene, offers outstanding “see through” clarity at low concentration, and has excellent organoleptic properties.

BASF offers a broad portfolio of light stabilizers such as Chimassorb ®, Tinuvin ® and Uvinul ® designed to protect not only the plastic packaging itself from rapid aging but also its valuable contents from the harmful effects of ultra-violet radiation. With Uvinul ® 4050 FF, BASF has registered the first monomeric HALS light stabilizer for food contact applications in plastics.

Furthermore, BASF is leveraging its broad competence in regulatory affairs as well as pigment and additive formulation and application to provide industry-leading support to the packaging community on important aspects such as food contact approvals and peace of mind with regard to the responsible use of formulation components.

OnVu™ : temperature memory for chilled and frozen products

“Manufacturers, retailers and consumers will be able to tell at a glance whether ice cream, pizza, fish and any other products have been kept deep-frozen without interruption or should be discarded because of significant cold chain breach,” explains Martin Angehrn, Project Manager, BASF Future Business GmbH. OnVu time temperature indicators are intelligent indicators, which can be added as labels on the food packaging that monitor the cold chain for chilled and deep-frozen food, making the current state of the product visible. The indicator changes color in response to the duration and intensity of the temperature misuse. The darker the color, the better the cold chain has been maintained. Applied to the packaging, OnVu monitors the food on its way from the manufacturer to the retailer.

Steron ® - Transfer coating technology for high-quality surfaces

Steron technology offers extensive possibilities for coating a variety of different substrates such as nonwovens, leather, textiles, packaging material and plastics. BASF’s Steron technology can be used to create surfaces with a high-quality appearance and handle and a texture which can be smooth or silky, matt or gloss, in a suede look or with a fine embossed pattern. The design can be changed quickly and easily. BASF will develop Steron technology in its pilot facilities and in cooperation with customers to tailor it to their applications and needs.

Biodegradable plastics for food packaging

Biodegradable plastic bags provide a hygienic and energy-efficient means of converting organic waste to valuable compost using industrial composting plants. BASF will be presenting shopping bags and organic waste bags made of its biodegradable plastics, Ecovio ® F and Ecovio ® FS. The new type of film, Ecovio FS, con-tains an even higher proportion of renewables than the established Ecovio F film type.

The exhibition also shows paper cups featuring Ecovio FS Paper, the new Ecovio type created specially for coating paper. With Ecovio FS Paper, conventional PE processing machines can be used to apply a thin inline coating of biodegradable film to paper in the extrusion process. The method produces drinking cups with a robust waterproof coating that is easily recycled along with the paper.

Styrenic plastics for films and bottles

After Styrolux ® HS 70, Styrolution GmbH – BASF's new styrenics affiliate – has now developed another two innovative plastic types, to be sold under the Styrolux ® brand and designed for use in the production of shrink film for the consumer goods packaging market. The company offers a novel two-component system with the two SBC block copolymers, Styrolux T (T=toughness) and Styrolux S (S = stiffness), which manufacturing customers can use to create a performance profile to meet their individual needs. Films made from the resultant "Styrolux T/S" are equally suitable for applying shrink sleeves to complex bottle shapes and for use with the ROSO (= roll-on-shrink-on) method, which involves applying adhesive sleeve film for labeling. Film manufacturers and the packaging industry benefit from the consistency of shrinkage and high end shrinkage of highly transparent films made of Styrolux T/S. The Styrolux 3G 46 brand is also suitable for blow molded bottles. Its advantages versus PET include cost benefits during processing.

With its high elasticity and resilience coupled with very high transparency and luster, Styroflex ® , another SBC block copolymer from the styrene plastics family, is used for applications including stretch hoods and thin film.

Improved polyamide for multilayer film

BASF's Ultramid ® polyamides play a vital role in modern packaging solutions. Ultramid's exceptional barrier properties in multilayer film systems help keep taste and aroma intact while protecting content from outside impacts, such as migration of oil from recycled cardboard.

The new Ultramid B SL range features an extended processing window, facilitating higher processing speeds and more efficient processing. The new types provide enhanced process reliability (lower rate of film rupture, higher run stability), higher blow-up ratio, up to 25% higher perforation resistance, and improved esthetic appeal for unoriented film (cast film, blown film). For oriented film (BOPA, shrink bags, casings), Ultramid B SL enables reduced film thicknesses and higher shrinkage.

Foam packaging for electrical and electronic products

A live demonstration of a shock test on the BASF stand highlights the properties of BASF's new foam, E-por ® . E-por is the first tough-elastic, crack-resistant foam which can be transported, stored, pro-cessed and recycled like traditional Styropor. The material is noted for very good fusion of the surface, excellent resistance to solvents, and an appealing look and feel. Because of its high crack-resistance, the foam is exceptionally shock-safe and therefore well-suited to being used as transport packaging for high-quality, shock-sensitive electrical and electronic products, such as plasma televisions, laptops, refrigerators or washing machines.

Joncryl ® ADR – High-performance additive for recycled PET

Joncryl ADR plastic additives improve the elasticity, foaming behaviour, ageing resistance and tensile strength of polyesters. They are mainly used to improve the performance of recycled PET.Joncryl ADR makes it possible to restore the properties of the recycled PET to equal those of the virgin PET.

Apart from being used to improve the mechanical properties of polymers, Joncryl ADR additives are also used as reactive compatibilizing agent for immiscible polymers. They make it possible for stable polymer blends to be manufactured from various immiscible polycondensates.

Recycled PET from homogeneous returned PET bottles is used in the textile industry in the production of polyester fibers, in the automotive industry in the production of plastic components and in the packaging industry in the production of tape, film, bottles and packaging for foodstuffs. It also has applications in household and electrical goods and in the construction industry.

Effects for printing and packaging

Those who stand out from the crowd, who create a unique character and a unique image or who position themselves distinctively, will win through. Attention to detail is crucial. Metasheen ® vacuum-metallized aluminum pigment slurries complement the BASF range of effect pigments designed to offer access to new, spectacular and distinctive styling opportunities in a variety of end-user applications including flexible packaging, cosmetic packaging, beverage label printing, gift wrapping, metal can decoration and in-mold decoration inks. Metasheen products are supplied as a 10 % metal solids slurry in a range of solvents suitable for gravure and screen printing applications, ranging in shade from unique dark chrome to a clean white. Metasheen products offer ink formulators maximum flexibility in providing metallic effects to end-users and brand owners.

BASF will also present the complete portfolio of pearlescent pigments including Glacier™ Frost White, the whitest pearlescent pigment. Further, BASF will feature the effect pigment range Lumina ® which allows beautiful effects in different colors with high chroma and transparency, including the unique products Lumina Red-Blue, Lumina Aqua-Blue and Lumina Turquoise. Lumina Royal Blue is the latest addition to create majestic luxury blues with high chroma and brilliancy.

Pigments for sustainable solutions – Heliogen ® Blue D 7940

As an example of its contribution to eco-friendly applications such as compostable plastic bags, BASF will present Heliogen D 7940, a copper-free phthalocyanine pigment. In contrast to standard copper phthalocyanine pigments neither disposal of special waste is necessary nor are additional costs generated for water treatment at printing ink customers and printers. Heliogen Blue D 7940 has a unique color shade and is characterized by high chroma and high fastness to light and weathering and is suitable for aromatic-free solvent-based inks and offset inks. It is mainly used for food packaging and labels, biodegradable bags and paper bags.

Joncryl ® FLX Line – water-based technology for medium-duty film printing

BASF’s continuous development efforts have resulted in new products that make the next step in water-based film printing possible. High lamination bond strengths in film structures, even comprising of PET films, can now be achieved with water-based inks that are formulated with Joncryl FLX Line products. Our Eco-Efficiency Analysis shows that water-based ink systems have a lower environmental impact and lower life cycle costs in comparison with solvent-based ink systems.

Sicopas ® Antibloc 448 – Cost saving through faster production of PA cast films

Polyamide films tend to stick when rapidly cooled down in the production process. Sicopas Antibloc 448 is used to avoid this sticking, e.g., to metal rolls. The active ingredient is a special antiblocking additive that demonstrates a lower coefficient of friction and higher puncture resistance with less of a haze effect on transparent films than conventional products. Sicopas Antibloc 448 is an antiblocking-agent masterbatch based on PA6 designed for biaxialy oriented (BOPA) film, as well as for cast and blown non-oriented PA film. It is used as an additive for surface layers of film made of Ultramid ® B and C grades to improve static and dynamic friction properties.

Sicolen ® , Sicoversal ® , Sicopas ® – Tailor-made masterbatches

Plastics products are made more colorful with masterbatches by BASF Color Solutions. BASF Color Solutions offer tailor-made Masterbatches for nearly every kind of packaging application. The customer simply selects the color and BASF Color Solutions creates the most suitable masterbatch based on carefully selected pigments and carrier systems, perfectly aligned to the end application. Especially masterbatches based on BASF’s effect pigments make products unique at the point of sale.

LiquiKolor ® – Special liquid preparations for economic coloring

With LiquiKolor BASF Color Solutions offers special liquid preparations for the coloring of plastics which are processed by injection molding, blow molding or extrusion. According to customer requirements these tailor-made preparations can be loaded with additives such as light stabilizers or antistatic agents. Especially for transparent colorations LiquiKolor shows advantages in coloring costs. For transparent coloration a very homogeneous distribution of the colorant is a prerequisite. Compared to solid masterbatches, the dosage of LiquiKolor is much lower (up to 0.1 % - 0.2 %), which leads to more economic coloring together with a very good result. To obtain these advantages a dosing system can also be offered.

Biodegradable Sicoversal® B masterbatches

BASF Color Solution offers tailor made biodegradable masterbatches, according to the European norm EN 13432. E.g., with Sicoversal B Blue 70-140125 a masterbatch based on Ecoflex ® and copper-free Heliogen ® Blue can be offered which shows a brilliant color in biodegradable films

Safety first! Detectable and magnetizable compound for the food industry

BASF Color Solutions has developed compounds based on magnetizable pigments. These compounds can be offered in different dark color shades and customer requirements regarding thermoplastic type can be fulfilled. Nearly each type of polymer is suitable to produce a magnetic compound. Besides the magnetizable property, these compounds are also detectable and can be recognized by regular metal detectors. This means that the compound can be used to substitute stainless steel in food production, e.g., transport crates, brushes, baskets, guiding profiles. Using the magnetizable, detectable compound, pollution of food coming from these devices can be avoided.

Epotal ® Eco for biodegradable packaging

Epotal Eco by BASF is the first compostable water-based adhesive certified by the German Technical Inspection Agency TÜV. It is particularly suitable for the production of multi-layer films for flexible packaging such as bags for potato chips. Epotal Eco is compatible with all commonly used biodegradable plastic films. Tests have shown that after 70 days 90 percent of the adhesive is broken down – without leaving any toxic residues and without any negative impact on the environment. This means that Epotal Eco meets the European EN 13432 standard for biodegradable plastics and allows, for the first time, the production of fully compostable packaging. Apart from this, Epotal Eco offers all benefits of water-based adhesives

Water-based adhesives: safe and efficient

BASF’s water-based adhesives are an environmentally friendly and efficient alternative to solvent-based and solvent-free products: They are free from toxic components and consequently, they are particularly suitable for food packaging. In addition, multi-layer films that have been specifically produced based on these BASF adhesives can be processed immediately after lamination. This way, the adhesives help the packaging industry to save time and money.

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BASF will be presenting its high-quality products and processes for treating and protecting metal surfaces by taking part in the “World of Surfaces” at the Hanover Messe 2011, the world’s leading technological trade fair, from April 4 – 8, 2011. Experts from BASF will be in attendance on the Zentralverband Oberflächentechnik stand - Stand No. 14 in Hall 6 - to demonstrate its solutions for corrosion protection and for pretreating and coating metal.

Effective solutions for corrosion protection

BASF offers formulators a wide range of products for environmentally friendly electroplating and corrosion protection applications. Our specialty chemicals help to protect metal substrates from corrosion and abrasion, and they are employed world wide in electroplating, electroless plating, passivation and surface treatment processes. Our water-soluble polymers from the Lugalvan portfolio form a protective film, improve adhesion and can even prevent pitting corrosion on stainless steel in the presence of chloride. Organic amides and phosphates from the Korantin assortment can be used to protect mild steel and to reduce its sliding friction.

Environmentally friendly conversion coating for galvanized steel plate: Lugalvan® Passivation

Lugalvan Passivation is designed for use in conversion coatings for galvanized steel coil. It is free of fluoride and chromium, and it does not contain any other heavy metals. The coating is transparent and colorless, and it is based entirely on organic ingredients. Lugalvan Passivation prevents the corrosion caused by exposure to salts and corrosion to stockpiled steel, and the metal has very high surface conductivity after treatment. Lugalvan Passivation can simply be painted over, and it is easy to remove with alkaline strippers.

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