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“Glyoxal: The Sustainable Solution for Your Business”


Details on the chemical intermediate glyoxal are now available from BASF through a website and a leaflet that bear the heading “Glyoxal: The Sustainable Solution for Your Business.” These publications provide information on the properties of glyoxal in various applications and on the extensive services BASF offers for this product. The eight-page English-language leaflet may be downloaded or ordered in print via the Internet at Moreover, the website offers additional information on new glyoxal applications.

Glyoxal, an intermediate that is readily biodegradable, is used as a biocide, a polymer cross-linking agent and a sulfur scavenger. As a 40-percent solution, glyoxal cross-links starch and cellulose in paper and textile production. This improves the tear resistance of high-quality papers and allows the production of wrinkle-free textiles. BASF has all the raw materials it needs to make glyoxal and produces this intermediate at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Geismar, USA. In this way the company offers high reliability and flexibility of supply for its customers. A range of services complete BASF’s offering, for example registration of glyoxal under the EU REACH regulation that is a topical issue these days. “We are registering glyoxal for our customers under a variety of authorization schemes and provide comprehensive advice on current legal requirements,” said glyoxal innovations manager Dr. Henning Althoefer.

The BASF Group’s Intermediates division develops, produces and markets the world’s largest range of intermediates containing more than 600 products. 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. In 2007, the division generated world sales of about €2.5 billion with 2,600 employees. For more information, go to

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. 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 has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at


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