BASF plans new PolyTHF lab in Shanghai
BASF plans new PolyTHF lab in Shanghai
- Regional technical support to be improved
Hong Kong, China, August 24, 2007 - BASF plans to set up an application lab for polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF®) at the Shanghai Pudong site of BASF Polyurethane Specialties (China) Ltd. The company intends the lab to further improve technical customer services in the region, especially in the PolyTHF growth areas of highly elastic spandex fibers and thermoplastic polyurethane and polyetherester elastomers (TPU, TPEE). The only laboratory of this type in Asia will start operating by the end of 2007.
The lab will have access to modern polymer analytics and will be equipped with a variety of testing facilities, allowing it to respond to individual customer needs. Facilities for the lab-scale synthesis of small-volume samples will also be set up. Such samples can be used to refine the desired set of characteristics of spandex polymers or TPU/TPEE plastics. BASF will develop customized new PolyTHFbased formulations and improve existing ones in this lab. The lab will also adjust certain mechanical and thermal properties of PolyTHFbased derivatives to the needs of specific applications. The analysis of samples and specimens as well as laboratory support for starting up customer plants round off the service offer.
Patrick Schiffers, who manages the Asian regional diols business for BASF’s Intermediates division said, “We as the global leader in the PolyTHF market are committed to be a reliable partner offering highclass products and high-class services to our customers. Our new lab in China enables us to support our customers faster and even more reliable than in the past. We also hope to attract new customers by offering these comprehensive technical services.”
PolyTHF is an important component in the production of elastic spandex fibers for textiles such as sportswear, swimwear, underwear and outerwear. In addition to its role in textiles, PolyTHF is also an important intermediate for TPU, which is used for example in the manufacture of highly abrasion-resistant, yet flexible hoses, films and cable sheathing. Other applications include thermoplastic polyetheresters and polyetheramides or cast elastomers required for the production of wheels for skateboards and inline skates.
BASF produces PolyTHF at its sites in Caojing, China; in Ludwigshafen, Germany; in Geismar, USA; and in Ulsan, Korea.
About BASF Group’s Intermediates
The BASF Group’s Intermediates Division develops, produces and markets the world’s largest range of intermediates. The most important of the Division’s more than 600 products include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001:2000-certified Intermediates Division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2006, the division generated world sales of about €2.3 billion euros with 2,600 employees. For more information, go to www.basf.de/intermediates
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