Ultramid spacers for back-ventilated curtain facadesNowadays residential, commercial and industrial buildings are often insulated with back-ventilated curtain facades (BVCF). However, the expected insulating performance and energy saving can only be achieved if the supporting elements for hanging the facade allow as little heat as possible to pass between the wall and facade. To achieve this, the company BWM has developed the “Zela Click” facade holder made from BASF’s thermoplastic Ultramid. This clever plastic holder reduces the energy loss and can be mounted quickly and easily. With the Fixrock fire barrier kit from BWM too, Ultramid replaces the previously used metal and ensures the necessary back-ventilation between the facade insulation and cladding. With its expertise in engineering plastics, BASF supported the customer BWM in selecting the material and developing the product.
Tinuvin light stabilizers from BASF for durable plasticsWhether they are used in car interiors, in artificial lawn or in carpets, polymers are frequently exposed to strong UV light, harsh weather conditions and environmental pollutants. To ensure that the plastic retains its appearance and its original material properties over the long term, sterically hindered amines (HALS) are used as light stabilizers. For example, the HALS Tinuvin 880 from BASF delivers unrivaled UV resistance for plastic parts in car interiors and improves their thermal stability at the same time. BASF has developed the HALS Tinuvin XT 55 specifically for fibers and films that are present in industrial textiles or artificial lawn, for example. This high-performance light stabilizer also has a positive effect on processing problems and delays that can occur in the production of fibers and films.
Films made from Ultramid: soft, transparent and tear-resistantThe special properties of two new Ultramid copolyamides are opening up a wide variety of possible applications for BASF’s customers. The partially bio based Ultramid Flex F38L is soft, transparent and tear-resistant even at low temperatures and low humidity. This makes it particularly suitable for industrial films or soft packaging, as is used for food, for example. Softness, transparency and tear-resistance are also the strengths of Ultramid C37LC. It is used both for shrink film in the food sector and for fishing nets and fishing lines. In addition, with this Ultramid® customers benefit from a more efficient production process because they no longer need to add amorphous polyamides for processing.
New production complex for Ultraform in KoreaA 50:50 joint venture involving BASF and Kolon Plastics called “Kolon BASF innoPOM, Inc.” is building a new, highly efficient production plant for polyoxymethylene (POM) in Korea. The plant with an annual capacity of 70,000 metric tons will be based at Kolon Plastics’ existing production site in Gimcheon. This will be the world’s largest production complex for POM. It is scheduled to start operating in the 3rd quarter of 2018. BASF offers POM products under the trade name Ultraform. But BASF customers can already scrutinize the first samples of the new products labeled with the suffix “AT”. The samples were produced at Kolon’s existing plant and are identical to those that the new plant under the joint venture will produce. The first commercial quantities are also already available.