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Successful start-up of new world scale plant for Uvinul® A Plus


* Smooth operations after pilot phase
* First product batches launched on the market

01/27/06, A new world scale plant for the manufacture of Uvinul® A Plus, an innovative UVA filter, has been started up successfully at BASF’s site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

“The plant is based on an innovative process technology that has been tailor-made for this specific product”, says Dr. Martin Schmidt-Radde, Director Production Fine Chemicals. “The specific properties of the starting materials, intermediates and final product presented the development team with a number of new challenges which they mastered to perfection, giving a process that produces consistently high-quality Uvinul® Plus.”

Uvinul® A Plus displays superior UVA protection as a result of its enhanced photostability compared with conventional organic UVA filters. UVA rays are absorbed and converted into thermal energy before they can penetrate the skin at depth. Additionally, the high compatibility of Uvinul® A Plus with other UV filters and cosmetic ingredients offers an excellent level of formulation flexibility. “Our customers can now combine modern broadband UV protection with individual daily skincare”, says Dr. Thomas Saupe, Head of Global Business Unit Cosmetic Solutions within the Fine Chemicals Division.

“Following the launch of T-Lite™ and Z-COTE® MAX, Uvinul® A Plus is the perfect addition to our UV product portfolio,” says Saupe. The European Commission approved Uvinul® A Plus for use in cosmetic formulations at concentrations of up to 10% in January 2005.


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