BASF Corp., Polyurethanes & Plastics
1609 Biddle Ave.
Wyandotte, MI 48192 US
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As Seen In Plastics Technology
Transitioning From the World’s Factory to the World’s Designer
China has long since aggregated the means and materials of production, but increasingly it’s seeking to lay claim to the creative origins of products—the design.
Tough, Ultra-Low Weight TPU Used for Inner Tube of New Mountain Bikes
BASF's new TPU enables a 65% wall thickness reduction.
K 2013 Preview: Materials & Additives
The K 2013 show will present a broad range of engineered plastics materials, including thermoplastic composites, as well as additives. Automotive and electronic applications will be the main targets, as well as medical, packaging, lighting, and construction.
Higher Speeds, More Integrated Processes at K Show
“Go faster” and “integrate more functions” look to be the guiding principles of new injection molding developments to be shown by Engel Austria at K 2013 in Dusseldorf this October.
BASF Opens New TPU R&D Lab
BASF Corp., Florham Park, N.J., has opened a new TPU research facility in Wyandotte, Mich., designed to develop new products for the American automotive, construction, sports, and leisure industries.
Global Warming: New Challenge for Polyurethanes?
‘Zero-ODP’ is no longer enough. Now, PUR foamers are being asked to consider blowing agents with ‘low-GWP’ (global warming potential). Another environmental push is to expand use of bio-based polyols in rigid and flexible foams. Both were key topics at this year’s PUR conference.
‘Green’ PUR Polyols
BASF’s Elastogran subsidiary in Germany introduced Lupranol Balance 50, a polyol derived up to 31% from castor oil.
TPEs Move Up the Performance Scale
This first of two articles on directions in TPE development focuses on styrenic, copolyester, polyamide, and TP urethane elastomers. The following article covers olefinics—TPOs, TPVs, and POEs.
What's New at the Show in PUR/RIM
At this year’s K show, look for the launch of fiberglass/polyurethane pultrusion into window frames, as well as several new high-efficiency mixing heads, MDI prepolymers for cast elastomers, and an energy-absorbing PUR foam for car bumpers. PUR pultruded windowsBayer MaterialScience will showcase polyurethane pultrusion technology, which recently has penetrated new applications.
NPE 2006 News Wrap-Up: Materials
From PPs for frozen-food packaging to nylons and alloys that withstand the heat of circuit-board soldering or automotive paint ovens, NPE 2006 was rich in news of commodity and engineering resins and TPEs.
What to See at NPE 2006: Materials
Fewer thermoplastic materials suppliers will make the trip to Chicago this year.
BASF Consolidates PUR Spray Foams
BASF Corp., Florham Park, N.J., has transferred responsibility for all its spray-applied polyurethane foams (SPF) in the U.S. to its Minneapolis-based subsidiary, Foam Enterprises LLC.
Clear, Non-Tacky TPU for Cure-in-Place Pipe Lining
A new proprietary technology reportedly can produce TPU resins having a very low coefficient of friction (COF) without any lubricants, waxes, or fillers that cause blooming or reduce transparency.
Polyurethane Composites: New Alternative to Polyester and Vinyl Ester
High toughness, fast cure, and no styrene fumes are taking urethane composites beyond SRIM into pultrusion, filament winding, vacuum infusion, and spray-up.
MDI for Elastomers Has Lower Freeze Point
A carbodiimide-modified MDI reportedly features improved low-temperature stability, clarity, and shelf-life compared with similar PUR raw materials for elastomers.
Polyurethanes: Fine-Tuning 'Green' Foams
With the switch to ‘cleaner’ blowing agents nearly complete, the priority now is tweaking foam formulations for optimal performance and cost.
TPUs Get Softer, Slicker, Lighter
BASF Corp., Wyandotte, Mich., has launched a new range of thermoplastic poly urethanes that push the performance envelope in several directions.
K 2004 News Preview: RIM/Urethanes
New equipment at the K show will include several mixing heads for flexible foams and RIM, mixing/metering machines, a gas loading device for rigid integral-skin foaming, and a low-pressure potting unit for electrical components.New PUR materials include a new insulating foams for oil and gas pipelines, thermal encapsulation of car engines, and a steel/PUR composite for maritime and civil-engineering structures. New mixheads galoreKrauss-Maffei is unveiling new mixing heads for various PUR applications.