BASF’s innovation and efficient solutions at INDEX 2014
BASF will highlight at Booth 2427 at INDEX 2014 (April 8 – 11) at Palexpo Exhibition & Congress Centre in Geneva(CH) its new and efficient solutions for the hygiene industry
BASF expert will inform and advice business professions on BASF’s comprehensive services and product range in the field of innovation, including HySor® new odour control and HySorb® Mass Balance approach, binders for fibrous materials, as well as on additives for hygiene, filtration and medical applications.
The pioneering odour control superabsorbent polymer HySorb®, in addition to the company’s superabsorbent polymer product portfolio is an innovative product to improve the quality of life for people with incontinence. By blocking the formation of ammonia, it prevents the odour caused by urine for an extended period of time. Furthermore, its high absorption capacity helps to keep the skin dry. Superabsorbent polymers are used in a variety of applications for every day needs in our life. The adult incontinence market is second only to baby care for superabsorbents and experiences the highest global growth.
Working with TÜV SÜD (a third party certification body), BASF has developed an innovative mass balance approach for the use of renewable based feedstock in the BAF “Verbund” (network). Based on this approach, biomass is fed into existing plants at the very beginning of the production chain of superabsorbents. This biomass share is then allocated to sales products according to their recipes using the new standard, including third party certification of the product. The quality of superabsorbent polymers HySorb® B7015MB remains unchanged.
Biomass equivalent can be allocated to superabsorbents up to 100 % according to this standard driven by its customers’ specifications and demand, and marketed accordingly. Existing plants and technologies along the value chain can continue to be used, and the customers’ product designs and production process require no adjustments. The superabsorbent polymers based on renewable save fossil based raw materials and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
BASF will further demonstrate its expertise in polymer dispersions for fibre bonding, and as a full service partner for customers in the construction, furniture and automobile industries, as well as with tailor made solutions. The dispersions are characterised by high functionality and customised processability. Innovative and intelligent solutions made by BASF in the field of nonwovens help to make customers’ products more efficient, competitive and eco-friendly.
In the focus will be the ecologically compatible reactive resins of the Acrodur® brand. Acrodur® is the water based cross-linking acrylate resin. It is an environmentally friendly one component system offering excellent binding properties. The underlying technology is based on the thermal cross-linking of polycarboxylic acids with a multi-functional alcohol. Unlike classical reactive resins, no organic substances such as phenol or formaldehyde are released during the cross-linking process. The only by-product caused by curing is water. Acrodur® is neither toxical, nor explosive, and consequently guarantees environmental friendliness, as well as safe and simple handling. The binding agent not only improves the properties of the finished product, but ensures safe working conditions during production. The environmentally compatible technology helps processing companies to respect emission limits and to save costs.
BASF is also the supplier of additives and pigments and offers a comprehensive portfolio of heat and light stabilisers and polymer modifiers, such as Chimassorb® and Irgatec®, as well as a selection of pigments and pigment preparations to the nonwoven industry. Microlen® are non dusting, free flowing mono-pigment preparations achieving highest dispersion quality of pigments and are leading to improved processing and colour consistency, particularly for most critical applications such as coloured nonwoven. The innovative technology Irgatec® CR76 A is the leading alternative technology to standard meltblown grades, enabling nonwoven producers to adapt material properties to their specific requirements and by increasing their productivity.