BASF Corp. has broadened its specialty plastics lineup with new grades of thermoplastic polyurethane, nylon 6 and polybutylene terephthalate.
Earlier this year, Florham Park, N.J.-based BASF launched new grades of LoTac-brand and LoCof-brand TPU. LoTac is aimed at industrial hoses, TPU project manager Roger Huarng said in an interview at NPE2009, held June 22-26 in Chicago. LoCof also is being sold into the wire and cable market.
BASF is working on a calendering grade of TPU that could replace PVC and other materials in automotive seat covers or headrests, as well as in medical and furniture uses, Huarng said.
In nylon 6, BASF recently launched an Ultramid grade for automotive oil pans that can withstand impacts of stone, road salt, heat and oil, while offering 50 percent weight savings vs. conventional materials.
Two new grades of Terblend-brand ABS/nylon blends now are available from BASF. The firm claims the new grades offer excellent flow and are easier to process for visible parts such as center consoles in car interiors and motorcycle parts.
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