BASF Corp. of Florham Park, N.J., is moving its nylon and styrenic resins into fences, air bags and the Segway human transporter.
BASF's Luran S-brand acrylic styrene acrylonitrile is being marketed as a weatherable capstock for light to midrange colors used with PVC fencing. Officials said the material does not chalk and has good resistance to fading.
``Homeowners have embraced the low maintenance features of vinyl fencing, but want more choices in color,'' BASF styrenic copolymer market development manager Doyle Robertson said.
In Europe, BASF AG - BASF Corp.'s corporate parent based in Ludwigshafen, Germany - is seeing its Ultramid-brand nylon 6 used in the inflator unit of a new side air-bag system developed by TRW Automotive Corp. Officials said the material is designed to withstand high pressures from sudden air-bag deployment.
And the Segway - made by Segway LLC of Bedford, N.H. - now sports wheels also made of Ultramid. The wheels are molded by C&J Industries Inc. of Meadville, Pa.
``As enjoyable and unique as it is to ride, the Segway HT isn't just about fun transportation,''said Segway mechanical design engineering director Ron Reich. ``We had to make the Segway HT tough. And Ultramid nylon has the durability, strength, stiffness and impact resistance needed for rugged use.''
BASF Corp. employs about 11,000 and posted sales of $9 billion in 2003.