Our water-based Acrodur® products are innovative, low-emission alternatives to conventional formaldehyde-based resins such as phenol, melamine or urea resins

Under its Acrodur® brand, BASF offers innovative binders to reinforce natural, glass and synthetic fibers as well as cork and other particles. The purely water-based products from the Acrodur® family are a low-emission alternative to traditional formaldehyde-based urea, melamine or phenolic resins. Due to its outstanding binding properties Acrodur® enables to produce high-quality products for the automotive, furniture and construction industries.



Benefits of Acrodur®

  • Outstanding binder properties.
  • High thermomechanical stability.
  • Very good compatibility with flame retardants, pigments and fillers.
  • Suitable for natural, glass and synthetic fibers as well as for particle bonding.

  • Water-based alternative to conventional formaldehyde-based resins.
  • Minimized emissions during processing as well as in the final product.
  • Enables a high percentage of natural fibers in lightweight components.

  • Suitable for foulard, curtain-coating and blow-line impregnation as well as for spray application.
  • Usable in established thermoplastic and thermoset shaping processes.

Acrodur® for natural fibers in automotive

Performance meets sustainability


The weight of a car is crucial for its performance. Natural fibers enable the production of stable lightweight car parts and shape the way we drive tomorrow – when treated with Acrodur® by BASF.


  • Water-based binder; no added formaldehyde; low in VOC.
  • Suitable for a wide range of natural fibers, such as hemp, kenaf, wood.
  • Enabling lightweight solutions.
  • Possessing superior thermo-mechanical stability.
  • Applicable for thermoset and thermoplastic processes.

Enabling a stable Multi-Material-Design in DLR's "Next Generation Car"

Energy-efficiency, eco-friendliness, road safety: The DLR project "Next Generation Car" addresses the automotive industry's future challenges in terms of reduced environmental impact and improved safety and comfort. The new concept car consists of a lightweight, multi-material body structure with functional integration that combines conventional metal parts with high-performance natural fibers.

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A central safety-relevant part of DLR's NGC is made of renewable lightweight components: the interior floor consists of Acrodur®-treated natural fibers that protect the body against mechanical deformation. In that way, BASF supported the engineers in designing stable, tailor-made and extremely light components without compromising on performance criteria. The result: a highly-efficient lightweight car body that meets high safety standards, saves resources and fulfills stringent CO2 emission regulations.

  • The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research center of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • With its transport program, the DLR is the second-largest institutionally funded transport research body in Europe.
  • The DLR project "Next Generation Car (NGC)" aims to drive forward the development of quiet, low-emission road vehicles with a high degree of automation and a long-range.

Shaping future mobility together: DLR, BNP Brinkmann and BASF.

Lightweight technology plays a key role in automotive design, especially when it comes to e-mobility: only a subtle balance between the net weight and power preserves the driving pleasure and reduces energy consumption and, consequently, CO2 emissions. To create safe and sustainable components that reduce the weight of electric-driven vehicles, three future-driven players joined forces: BASF delivered Acrodur® for natural fibers and produced, together with BNP Brinkman, a tailor-made and extremely stable lightweight interior floor for one of DLR's "Next Generation Cars". This concept car combines the latest automotive lightweight design approaches with innovative renewable materials and will shape tomorrow's mobility.

From binder to floor mat :

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