BASF opens TPU research lab in Michigan

Published: September 6, 2012 6:00 am ET

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Topics Materials, Automotive, Design

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (Sept. 6, 1:30 p.m. ET) — BASF Corp. has opened a new research lab for thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) in Wyandotte, Mich., to house a five-person team of product developers, chemists and material scientists.

They will develop new TPU products for the American automotive, construction, sports and leisure industries. The lab team’s main focus is TPU synthesis and processing, with the aim of customizing key material properties — stiffness, elasticity, transparency and UV stability — to meet individual customer needs, by varying the manufacturing conditions.

TPUs offer high scratch and abrasion resistance, high tensile strength, very good cushioning, high flexibility at cold temperatures, and excellent resistance to oil, grease, oxygen and ozone.

BASF notes that applications for these versatile materials include cables and tubes for automotive, mechanical engineering and construction uses. TPU films are used for packaging, skis and snowboards, air cushioning systems for insoles, and as fibers for clothing textiles.

“Closeness to our American customers and fast and direct contact are key criteria in enabling us to tap into new ideas and emerging market trends and produce sustainable innovations,” said Dr Christian Fischer, president of Advanced Materials & Systems Research division at BASF, in a Sept. 6 announcement.

Wyandotte is BASF’s largest research and development site in the U.S. Midwest.


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