K 2013 preview: BASF commercializing new products

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: June 26, 2013 5:01 pm ET
Updated: June 26, 2013 5:03 pm ET

Image By: BASF AIM Filtertec has licensed technology to produce BASF's Steron-brand polyurethane/silicon fabric

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Materials Suppliers, K 2013
Companies & Associations BASF Corp.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY — By the end of 2013, BASF SE will begin production on a pair of new plastic products.

In Pune, India, manufacturing firm AIM Filtertec has licensed technology to produce BASF's Steron-brand polyurethane/silicon fabric. AIM Filtertec in September will open a new plant in Pune with the ability to make 1.7 million square meters of Steron per year, BASF Steron market introduction head Heidrun Goth said June 26 at a press event in Ludwigshafen.

AIM Filtertec initially will aim Steron at applications in the fashion industry, but automotive applications also are being explored, she added.

Steron consists of a bottom layer of silicone and a top layer of PU. It can provide a leather or velvet feel and can be placed over substrates of plastic and other materials.

The material can provide weight savings of more than 50 percent vs. leather, Goth said.

A ready-to-use PU foam insulation panel is BASF's other new product launch. Work will begin in August on a pilot plant making the foam in Lemforde, Germany, rigid foams researcher Marc Fricke said June 26 in Ludwigshafen.

Samples of the product are expected to be available in the second half of 2014. When used in building insulation panels, the foam — which contains a new aerogel — can provide excellent insulation properties as well as design freedom, Fricke said.

Panels made of the PU foam can be sawed, cut, drilled or bonded, he added. They are 25-50 percent thinner than similar insulation panels and also can be use in refrigerators.

BASF ranks as one of the world's largest makers of chemicals, specialty plastics and plastic additives. The Ludwigshafen-based firm employs more than 110,000 worldwide and posted sales of almost $94 billion in 2012.


Comments

K 2013 preview: BASF commercializing new products

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: June 26, 2013 5:01 pm ET
Updated: June 26, 2013 5:03 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Foster building medical polymers plant

September 19, 2014 1:39 pm ET

Foster Delivery Science is investing $8 million in a new plant in Putnam, Conn., for production of medical polymer blends, as well as rods, film or...    More

Image

BP to restart damaged PTA unit in limited capacity by November

September 19, 2014 10:27 am ET

British Petroleum plc may restart its fire-damaged purified terephthalic acid (PTA) feedstock unit in South Carolina in late October or early...    More

Image

Bayer spinning off plastics business

September 18, 2014 8:49 am ET

Bayer AG will spin off its MaterialScience plastics group into a separate, publicly-traded company within the next 12 to 18 months.    More

Image

Investor group wants DuPont to split in two

September 18, 2014 7:37 pm ET

Investment firm Trian Fund Management LP is calling for plastics and chemicals giant DuPont Co. to split itself into two firms, one of which would...    More

Image

Minnesota receives grant to help develop new bioplastics

September 17, 2014 4:08 pm ET

The University of Minnesota has received a $20 million grant to fund the development of new types of bioplastics.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events