BASF at PDA polyurea conference
* Comprehensive range of raw materials and formulations
* Innovative products with enhanced system properties
BASF will present its extensive polyurea portfolio at the annual conference of the Polyurea Development Association Europe (PDA Europe), the European trade association of the polyurea industry. From November 16 through 18, the industry event in Brühl near Cologne, Germany, will provide established polyurea technology users as well as novices with information about products, applications and new developments.
As part of a technical paper on polyetheramines as polyurea raw materials, Dr. Stephan Goettke, Project Manager New Business Development Polyurea in BASF’s Intermediates division, will discuss the product category of polytetrahydrofuranamines. This class of amines developed by BASF enables the production of coatings that are highly elastic and that also exhibit enhanced mechanical properties in contact with water and humidity.
Cees Moorman, Business Team Leader in BASF’s polyurethane system house at Boxtel in the Netherlands, will report on the development of a sound-absorbing polyurea coating. He will also explain how polyurea coatings can help to meet new legal requirements in hazardous goods storage facilities.
BASF is a strong partner for formulators and users in the polyurea business. The company offers raw materials as well as ready-made formulations. As a major world supplier of chemical intermediates, BASF has an extensive range of polyetheramines, cycloaliphatic amines and isocyanates. A new cycloaliphatic amine branded Baxxodur® PC136 is especially interesting: This chain extender enables the final properties of the polyurea coating, like high elasticity and resistance to extreme temperatures and loads, to be achieved much faster than with traditional products. Through its polyurethane system houses BASF offers its portfolio of Elastocoat© C branded systems as customized solutions for the most diverse applications, from roof coatings to containment bunds. Along with its specific formulations, the company provides technical support to acquaint first-time users with the new technology.
Diverse applications for polyurea systems
Polyurea systems are used as spray coatings in various industrial applications. For example, the systems lend themselves to the construction of industrial buildings, roads and bridges; to hard landscaping and interior fitting. Unlike other spray coatings, polyurea technology offers the advantage of being able to be applied in humid and low-temperature outdoor conditions. Polyurea coatings cure within a matter of minutes and are particularly resistant to chemicals, high temperatures and mechanical strain. Thanks to their elasticity, they readily bridge cracks and adhere superbly to a wide variety of surfaces.
About BASF Polyurethanes
BASF is the leading supplier of polyurethane basic products, systems and specialties. With its global network of more than thirty polyurethane system houses and its comprehensive product and service portfolio, BASF is the preferred partner of its customers in many industries. In the extremely service-oriented business with polyurethane systems and specialties reliability, experience and competence are in demand. Through its system houses BASF provides fast local support – from technical service and sales to marketing – during the development of customized solutions. With its world-scale plants BASF secures its leading market position in the manufacture of polyurethane basic products in all regions of the world. Polyurethanes make life more comfortable, safer and more pleasant – and they help to save energy sustainably. They contribute towards an improved insulation of buildings and a more attractive and more light-weight design of cars. The manufacturers of shoe soles, mattresses and household as well as sports equipment use the manifold opportunities and advantages of this special plastics material together with the knowledge and expertise of the polyurethane experts of BASF world-wide.
About the Intermediates division
The BASF Group’s Intermediates division develops, produces and markets around the world a comprehensive portfolio of more than 600 intermediates. The most important of the division’s product groups 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. Around the globe, 2,655 employees of the division generated sales of about €2.5 billion to third parties in 2008. For more information, go to http://www.basf.de/intermediates .
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals and oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €62 billion in 2008 and had approximately 97,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
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