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trinamiX, a leading provider of mobile spectroscopy and a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF SE, now enables flexible on-site identification of textiles. With trinamiX’s Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution, more than 15 textile types and compositions can now be identified and thus better sorted. Even pieces made of material blends can easily be determined without damaging the material. The solution includes easy-to-use hardware with intelligent data analysis, an intuitive app for fast results, and an extensive customer portal where in-depth analyses and reports can be created.

trinamiX thus opens up new ways for customers from the textile industry to exploit additional potential in the field of textile recycling. Textile collection companies and organizations are equipped with an efficient tool that enables them to pre-sort goods according to quality and next processor. Recycling companies can improve the quality of the recycling process by continuously checking incoming goods. Textile manufacturers also benefit from mobile textile recognition: they can use spot measurement at goods receipt to check if the delivered textiles are in conformity with the ordered quality.

"We are convinced that innovative solutions like ours make an important contribution towards a circular textile economy," explains Adrian Vogel, Business Development Manager at trinamiX GmbH. "Sorting is a key requirement for recycling and is largely done manually. Even experienced sorters cannot tell the difference between, for example, nylon 6 and nylon 6.6 just by looking at it or feeling it. This is where the handheld solution from trinamiX provides clarity."

With trinamiX’s Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution, more than 15 textile types and compositions can now be identified and thus better sorted. With trinamiX’s Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution, more than 15 textile types and compositions can now be identified and thus better sorted.

The solution supports a wide range of common textile grades used in clothing, furniture and household goods, for example: acrylic, cotton, nylon 6/6.6, polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT), polyester, polypropylene (PP), silk, sisal, viscose and wool. Textiles made from more than one material can also be identified. These include blends based on acrylic, cotton, nylon, polyester, silk or wool.   

For the special requirements of recycling carpets, trinamiX has developed a dedicated application.  It supports all common textile and plastic types used in carpets such as nylon 6 and nylon 6.6, polyacrylonitrile (PAN), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) and wool. The carpet application is the first one within trinamiX’s Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution to work offline. This means that the identification of carpet materials can be carried out when there is no connection to the internet. The data is evaluated and stored directly on the device and smartphone. A later upload to the customer portal is possible without any problems.

trinamiX will present the new applications on November 9 and 10 at two trade shows: Greener Manufacturing Show in Cologne, Germany (booth 5017 in hall 10.1) and Plastics Recycling World Expo in Cleveland, USA (booth 635).

About trinamiX's mobile near-infrared spectroscopy solution

trinamiX's NIR spectroscopy solution combines robust hardware with intelligent data analysis and a mobile app. NIR spectroscopy is a proven technology that trinamiX has converted into a portable format for on-site analysis. trinamiX relies on cloud-based data processing, which ensures continuous further development of the solution – there is no need to replace the hardware. More information: trinamiXsensing.com/textiles.

About trinamiX

trinamiX GmbH develops cutting-edge biometric and mobile NIR spectroscopy solutions, which are used in both consumer electronics and industrial designs. The company’s products enable humans and machines to better capture data with the goal of understanding the world around us. This results in improved decision making as well as stronger biometric security. trinamiX, based in Ludwigshafen (Germany), was founded in 2015 as a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF SE. The company employs over 200 people worldwide and holds more than 300 patents and patent applications.

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trinamiX GmbH, a leading provider of mobile spectroscopy, with support from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a global non-profit organization, launched an initiative to supply waste management projects with 50 starter kits to identify different plastic types on the spot. Each kit contains trinamiX’s Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution, a smartphone, data analysis in the trinamiX spectroscopy cloud, real-time access to results via mobile app and the documentation of results in the customer portal. The usage is free for one year.

The ambition is to work with companies, non-profit organizations and academia to explore where plastic waste occurs, how it is handled and where it ends up. The goal is to learn more about the impact the technology creates and exchange best practices from around the world.

The proprietary technology helps to improve the sorting of waste by identifying a broad range of plastic types. This is especially relevant in areas where waste management infrastructure is limited, or industrial sorting solutions are not viable. Thanks to its flexibility, trinamiX’s handheld solution has been used by companies and initiatives across the globe, including Alaska, Mali and Cambodia.

In an event at K-Fair, the world’s leading tradeshow for Plastics and Rubber in Düsseldorf, on Oct 25, 2022, trinamiX and the Alliance explained how they collaborate to bring the technology to remote areas. Justin Wood, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Alliance, said: “We are using trinamiX’s handheld device to help some of our numerous projects to engage with communities and education more effectively, to improve sortation and characterization of plastic waste and finally to maximize bale quality and thus economic value. Together with trinamiX, we can now give more partners in the industry, civil society and academia access to this technology. With the feedback right from the frontlines of the global plastic waste challenge, trinamiX’s solution can become an affordable, convenient, and high-performing tool to end plastic waste especially in remote areas.”

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Adrian Vogel, Business Development Manager from trinamiX added: “Our solution allows users to identify plastic waste – right on-the-spot, within seconds and using a mobile device. This can for example be used for the training of waste sorters to improve the purity of sorted bales. In the daily work, the technology can help the sorters to identify unknown samples and thus reduce wrong sorting due to uncertainty. With the joint initiative, we aim to learn even more about the impact it creates and how we can further improve the technology.”

A replay of the talk can be watched here: How innovative tech is bringing plastic sorting to remote areas - YouTube

Call for projects is open for waste pickers, aggregators, converters, NGOs and Non-Profit organizations as well as research and education and other players in the ecosystem. Terms and conditions as well as the application form can be found at https://trinamixsensing.com/plasticwastechallenge.

About the Alliance to End Plastic Waste

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (Alliance) is a global non-profit organisation with the mission to end plastic waste in the environment. Its focus is implementing projects and investing in innovative solutions to develop or enhance waste management systems. As of June 2022, its portfolio comprises over 50 projects across 30 countries worldwide.

Tackling plastic waste is a complex challenge that requires collective action. Since 2019, the Alliance has convened a global network of industry leaders across the plastics value chain, together with government, civil society, entrepreneurs, and communities to work towards advancing a circular economy for plastic waste.

For more information, visit: www.endplasticwaste.org

About trinamiX GmbH

trinamiX GmbH develops cutting‐edge biometric and mobile NIR spectroscopy solutions, which are used in both consumer electronics and industrial designs. The company’s products enable humans and machines to better capture data with the goal of understanding the world around us. This results in improved decision making as well as stronger biometric security. trinamiX, based in Ludwigshafen (Germany), was founded in 2015 as a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF SE. The company employs over 200 people worldwide and holds more than 300 patents and patent applications.

For further information visit www.trinamiXsensing.com

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Winners of the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition for Car Painting raised the bar in skill and sustainable practices. The event was held October 18-22 at College 360, the largest general and vocational educational institution in Silkeborg, Denmark.

  • After four intensive days of competition, winners emerged from a diverse field of the world’s best car painters
  • Sustainable Practice Awards also highlighted eco-effectiveness
  • All competitors used refinish products and color matching tools from Glasurit, BASF’s premium refinish paint brand

Thirteen of the world’s best painters competed during four intensive days, with each completing specific tasks.

“We were very proud to have the most skilled young car painters in the world here with us in Silkeborg and having witnessed their spirit and sheer determination has set an example for us all,” said Simon Neergaard-Holm, CEO, WorldSkills Denmark. “For all our finalists and especially the winners, WorldSkills Denmark celebrates their achievements and enthusiasm representing an outstanding generation of young painters for the industry.”

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The Winners

Car Painting Skills Champions:

  • Victor Berthelier from France and Jongyun Kim from Korea – tied for first place – Gold Medalists
  • Craig Kennedy from United Kingdom – Bronze Medalist

For the first time, three Medallion for Excellence Awards were presented for outstanding scores in individual tasks:

  • Johannes Brandl from Germany
  • Dorien Lozeau from Canada
  • Isabella Turrise from Australia

Sustainable Practice Awards highlighted eco-effectiveness. The winners were:

  • Dorien Lozeau from Canada – First Place
  • Craig Kennedy from United Kingdom – Second Place
  • Hazza Almansouri from United Arab Emirates – Third Place

Competition used Glasurit products

A set of tailored webinars were made available to all painters and country experts at the competition using refinish products, processes and color retrieval solutions from Glasurit, BASF’s premium refinish brand. The finalists were trained in a hybrid format using Glasurit trainers in the countries with all product and process information available on Glasurit Know-how, one of the most extensive refinish information platforms in the industry which offers e-books and video training.  

“Glasurit as the official Global Industry Partner of WorldSkills is proud to again be part of the WorldSkills Special Edition in Denmark where we wholeheartedly support passionate young talents to realize their professional ambitions,” said Roar Solberg, Vice President BASF Automotive Refinish Coatings Solutions Europe Middle East, and Africa. “Our training programs ensure young painters can deliver outstanding results in the most sustainable way. The industry is working toward reducing emissions, protecting the environment, using fewer resources, and managing waste.”

“We witnessed how mindful and skilled these young painters were, especially when considering the outstanding quality they produced while finding efficiencies for materials, water, and energy savings in the painting process. At Glasurit, we call that eco-effectiveness,” said Solberg.

WorldSkills Competitions have evolved

The WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition was the official replacement for the 46th edition WorldSkills competition that was canceled in May due to the pandemic. It would have been held in Shanghai, China.

In its place, 62 skill competitions are happening over 12 weeks in 15 countries and regions between October and the end of November. In the spirit of the WorldSkills brand, the Special Edition promotes vocational skills for young talents globally.

In March 2022, BASF signed a multi-year global industry partnership as the exclusive sponsor of the Car Painting category of WorldSkills International. That includes sponsorship rights to the next WorldSkills event to be held in Lyon, France, in 2024.

WorldSkills is a truly global platform which facilitates innovation to support the sustainable and economic success of the car painting industry, and nurture a pipeline of young, talented people. Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion is an integral part of BASF’s DNA, and the company continues to welcome painters from all over the world from all backgrounds.

About BASF’s Coatings division

The Coatings division of BASF is a global expert in the development, production and marketing of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM and refinish coatings, decorative paints as well as applied surface treatments for metal, plastic and glass substrates in a wide range of industries. This portfolio is supplemented by "Beyond Paint Solutions", which enable new applications with innovative surfaces. We create advanced performance solutions and drive performance, design and new applications to meet our partners’ needs all over the world. BASF shares skills, knowledge and resources of interdisciplinary and global teams for the benefit of customers by operating a collaborative network of sites in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. In 2021, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about €3.44 billion. 

Solutions beyond your imagination – Coatings by BASF. For more information about the Coatings division of BASF and its products, visit www.basf-coatings.com.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

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The Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, operating under the Chemetall brand, opened its first regional innovation and technology center for applied surface treatment technology in Shanghai, China. The new 2,600 square meter center will focus on developing advanced surface treatment solutions and product innovations for a wide range of industries and market segments in Asia, for Asia.

  • BASF’s first regional center for applied surface treatment technology in Asia Pacific
  • Advanced facility and dedicated expertise will address Asia’s growing demands for customized surface treatment innovations and solutions

 “The opening of this Innovation and Technology Center is an important pillar of our growth strategy and strengthens our technical and innovation capabilities in Asia Pacific. It shows our commitment to further contribute to and support the long-term success of our customers in the fastest-growing region,” said Christophe Cazabeau, Senior Vice President, Surface Treatment, Coatings Division, BASF.

2014 08 15 071746 basf red logo“Innovation is key to powering growth for BASF. This new center’s ability to develop customized surface treatment solutions closer to the market will further underpin our technology leadership and our customers’ success,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lou, President and Chairman, BASF Greater China.

Equipped with multiple technical capabilities and operated by a highly experienced technology team, the new laboratories can provide a comprehensive range of tests and services including analytical, application, salt spray and climate testing as well as development work on a range of applied surface treatment technologies and applications for various market segments including but not limited to automotive OEM and components, coil, general industry, cold forming, aerospace, aluminum finishing and glass.

“Our regional innovation and technology center will help to accelerate our speed-to-market of cutting-edge surface treatment solutions, drive customer-centric product development and expand our innovation pipeline. As an integrated technical hub, it can harness the synergies and competencies within our existing global network, as well as our local surface treatment analytical labs in Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand, to better serve the rising market demand for innovative and sustainable solutions in Asia,” said Dr. Mubarik Chowdhry, Head of Global Technology, Surface Treatment, Coatings Division, BASF.

The center also runs various state-of-the-art simulation lines for pre-treatment and coating processes including VIANT, a novel coating technology for corrosion protection.

For more details of the center, please refer to the introductory video.

About BASF’s Coatings division

The Coatings division of BASF is a global expert in the development, production and marketing of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM and refinish coatings, decorative paints as well as applied surface treatments for metal, plastic and glass substrates in a wide range of industries. This portfolio is supplemented by "Beyond Paint Solutions", which enable new applications with innovative surfaces. We create advanced performance solutions and drive performance, design and new applications to meet our partners’ needs all over the world. BASF shares skills, knowledge and resources of interdisciplinary and global teams for the benefit of customers by operating a collaborative network of sites in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. In 2021, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about €3.44 billion. 

Solutions beyond your imagination – Coatings by BASF. For more information about the Coatings division of BASF and its products, visit www.basf-coatings.com.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

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BASF closed the divestiture of its kaolin minerals business to KaMin, a global performance minerals company headquartered in Macon, Georgia, United States, following the fulfillment of clearance conditions.

2014 08 15 071746 basf red logoThe kaolin minerals business has approximately 440 employees, including personnel in North America, Europe and Asia. It generated sales of around €171 million in 2021. The divestiture comprises the production hub with sites in Daveyville, Toddville, Edgar, Gordon and related mines, reserves and mills in Toomsboro and Sandersville in Georgia, United States. The co-located refinery catalysts operations will continue to be owned and operated by BASF’s refinery catalysts business and are not part of the divestiture.

About BASF Performance Chemicals

As an innovative partner, BASF’s Performance Chemicals division offers chemicals for various customer industries, such as plastics, automotive, refining, lubricants, oilfield and mining. Our highly qualified and experienced team with outstanding market knowledge as well as our innovation platform and application know-how ensure our technological competence to provide excellent solutions to our customers. The division’s portfolio includes plastic additives, fuel and lubricant solutions, oilfield chemicals and mining solutions as well as kaolin minerals. To learn more, visit www.performancechemicals.basf.com.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com

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Energiekontor AG, a pioneer in renewable energies since 1990 and listed on the SDAX of the German stock exchange, has teamed up with the international maintenance company Omega-Tools GmbH and BASF’s Coatings division to gradually equip its wind turbines with Novaflex BladeUp, thus making them more efficient. With its microscopic line structures, the functional film ensures a noticeable increase in the yield of wind turbines. The riblets reduce the formation of unfavorable air turbulence on the surface of the blades, so that a larger proportion of the wind can be used for generating electricity. In a measurement campaign that has been running for about a year, an increase of up to three percent in power output was determined; for this purpose, BASF Novaflex BladeUp was installed on a 1.3-megawatt SWT 1,300 turbine (formerly AN Bonus) in Ilsede, Lower Saxony, Germany.

  • Riblet structures provide up to three percent additional yield
  • Europe-wide sales and retrofitting of turbines by Omega-Tools GmbH

“We are impressed with the significant increase in power yield with Novaflex BladeUp. This makes it all the more important that we implement this option for our plants in a timely manner and thus contribute to the energy transition,” said Carsten Schwarz, Member of the Management Board from Energiekontor AG. The company has awarded Omega-Tools GmbH a first contract to equip wind turbines of the tested type with BASF’s film and intends to include further turbine types. In the long term, Energiekontor AG wants to equip all available turbines – their own and those managed by their company – with Novaflex BladeUp.

Field test with Novaflex BladeUp on a 1.3 MW turbine at Ilsede in Lower Saxony, Germany. Field test with Novaflex BladeUp on a 1.3 MW turbine at Ilsede in Lower Saxony, Germany.

BASF has worked closely with the Wind division of Omega-Tools GmbH to ensure that the films are professionally installed. “The subsequent application of the functional film to existing wind turbines is feasible without long idle times of the plant and can be performed for every model,” said Olaf Dostalek, Managing Director of Omega-Tools GmbH, who with his company takes over the Europe-wide application of Novaflex BladeUp to the turbines of Energiekontor AG, and who acts as contact and sales partner for this technology in the market.

BASF is also interested in extending Novaflex BladeUp to turbines and blades from other manufacturers and other performance classes. “An integration into the manufacturing processes of the blade manufacturers would also be possible, so that new wind turbines can directly generate a higher electricity yield,” said Jörg Lenz, head of the Beyond Paint Solutions business unit at BASF.

Only precisely aligned riblets bring the desired effect. Only precisely aligned riblets bring the desired effect.

About BASF:

Chemie für eine nachhaltige Zukunft, dafür steht BASF. Wir verbinden wirtschaftlichen Erfolg mit dem Schutz der Umwelt und gesellschaftlicher Verantwortung. Rund 111.000 Mitarbeitende in der BASF-Gruppe tragen zum Erfolg unserer Kunden aus nahezu allen Branchen und in fast allen Ländern der Welt bei. Unser Portfolio umfasst sechs Segmente: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care und Agricultural Solutions. BASF erzielte 2021 weltweit einen Umsatz von 78,6 Milliarden €. BASF-Aktien werden an der Börse in Frankfurt (BAS) sowie als American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in den USA gehandelt. Weitere Informationen unter www.basf.com.

About Omega-Tools GmbH:

Omega-Tools GmbH is an international partner and service provider for manufacturers and operators of wind turbines. The portfolio of the company, which was founded in 2018 in Ritterhude near Bremen, includes not only traditional service and maintenance services but also particularly challenging service work on all kinds of onshore and offshore wind turbines. As a dynamic think-tank company with many years of wind power know-how, Omega-Tools pays special attention to the constant development and integration of the latest products and applications, with which the performance and yield of each wind turbine can be optimized. Flexible, powerful, reliable and ISO-certified for 9001, 14001 and 45001 Omega-Tools operates throughout Europe.

About Energiekontor AG:

A solid business policy and a lot of experience in renewable energies: This is what Energiekontor has stood for more than 30 years. Founded in Bremerhaven in 1990, the Company is one of the pioneers in the industry and is now one of Germany's leading project developers. Its core business ranges from the planning and construction to the operational management of wind and solar parks in Germany and abroad. In addition, Energiekontor operates wind and solar parks with a nominal output of around 360 megawatts in its own portfolio. Energiekontor AG also aims to play a pioneering role in economic terms and to realise the first wind and solar parks in all target markets at market prices as quickly as possible, independently of state subsidies.

In addition to its headquarters in Bremen, Energiekontor has offices in Bremerhaven, Hagen im Bremischen, Aachen, Augsburg, Bernau bei Berlin, Potsdam, Berlin-Spandau and Hildesheim. The Company also has offices in England (Leeds), Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow), Portugal (Lisbon), USA (Houston/Texas and Rapid City/South Dakota) and France (Toulouse, Rouen).

The proud record of accomplishment since the Company was founded: 132 realised wind farms and 13 solar parks with a total output of well over 1 gigawatt. This corresponds to an investment volume of approx. 1.8 billion euros.

Energiekontor AG (ISIN DE0005313506/General Standard) is listed on the SDAX of Deutsche Börse in Frankfurt and can be traded on all German stock exchanges. 

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BASF will showcase VALERAS™ for its plastic additives portfolio for the first time at K 2022. VALERAS adds value to plastic applications by delivering significant sustainability benefits with additive technical solutions and services. Among these are solutions to accelerate the plastics journey to a circular economy and net zero emissions. BASF will also present its latest addition to the VALERAS portfolio, Product Carbon Footprints (PCF) of several antioxidants and light stabilizers as a premium service. This complements the recently launched solutions IrgaCycle™ and RegXcellence®. These offerings, along with other novel additive solutions, will be showcased in a series of “Creator Talks” being held at the BASF stand (Hall 5, booth C21/D21).

  • Trendsetting sustainable solutions to create new value
  • Evolving portfolio benefits customers wanting to meet and exceed their sustainability goals
  • “Creator Talks” to spotlight value creation in MAKE – USE – RECYCLE

“Trends in plastic innovation are changing rapidly, driven across the different industries by legislation and higher consumer awareness. As an ongoing effort to create new value for plastics, we proactively collaborate with our customers to develop sustainable solutions that contribute to the make, use, and recycle phases of a plastic’s lifecycle,” said Dr Achim Sties, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals Europe, BASF. “We believe that with our proven track record in additives, coupled with our customer's knowledge of the applications, we will be able to solve the current challenges the industry is facing and deliver innovative solutions to meet tomorrow’s needs. We invite visitors to K 2022 and “Go! Create” together with us.”

BASF will showcase VALERAS™ for its plastic additives portfolio for the first time at K 2022.BASF will showcase VALERAS™ for its plastic additives portfolio for the first time at K 2022.

New sustainable solutions for a competitive edge

BASF will be showcasing various new trend-setting sustainable additives solutions at K 2022:

Rotomolded products are commonly used for outdoor applications such as water storage tanks. Extreme weather is very damaging to the properties of these applications. Designed specifically for polyethylene rotational moulding resins, the tailored additive package from the Irgastab® range extends the service life of rotomolded parts and also saves time, energy and costs during processing.

The Irgatec® CR technology enables the creation of advanced melt-blown nonwoven materials that fulfil the increasing requirements defined for personal hygiene and filter applications. With Irgatec® CR 25, BASF introduces a solution targeting PP melt blown modification, which is of high interest for filtration materials. The solution can be implemented directly by the meltblown producers without additional investment in their existing line, thus enabling a faster-to-market solution for speciality PP nonwoven products.

Additives are key enablers for circular plastics and drive innovation for recyclability. The recently launched IrgaCycle range includes additives solutions that are specifically designed to improve the properties of mechanically recycled plastics for different target industries. Recyclers can benefit from a higher quality of recyclates whereas converters can increase recycled content in their applications. IrgaCycle tackles challenges like gel formation mitigate the impact of impurities and improves mechanical performance by enhancing process stability.

Sustainability journey continues

As an extension to the VALERAS portfolio, BASF is now offering its plastic additives customers product carbon footprints for several antioxidants and light stabilizers as a premium service via the myPlasticAdditives online portal. Customers using this service will be provided with greenhouse gas emission information starting with raw material extraction right up to the point a product leaves the BASF factory gates. With the additional transparency, BASF helps its customers to prioritize carbon savings actions, validate sustainability claims for creating low-carbon plastics, and increasingly make sustainable purchasing decisions.    

A platform for industry players to exchange ideas

In a series of high-level “Creator Talks” at its booth featured under MAKE – USE – RECYCLE, BASF will showcase projects with technology leaders where strong collaboration and open exchange have enabled customers to overcome technical challenges. The BASF plastic additives experts will also share insights into innovative applications for packaging, automotive, building and construction. More information on these Creator Talks can be found on BASF’s K 2022 website.

BASF at K 2022: Welcome to #OurPlasticsJourney!

Go! Create! At K 2022, we invite everyone to join #OurPlasticsJourney! At our booth in hall 5, C21/D21, we will explore new ways in which sustainable action is possible in all phases of the lifecycle of plastics: from how we can produce plastics more sustainably, to how we can use them better, to how we can discover new solutions to close the loop. Solving these challenges is a journey that we are all on together. At K 2022, we want to make that journey go faster. K is the #1 trade fair for plastics and rubber and will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from October 19 – 26, 2022. Visit www.plastics.basf.com/K2022.

About BASF Plastic Additives

BASF is a leading supplier, manufacturer, and innovation partner of plastic additives. Its comprehensive and innovative product portfolio includes additives that provide ease in processing, and heat and light resistance to a variety of polymers and applications including moulded articles, films, fibers, sheets, and extruded profiles. The portfolio is constantly analyzed, assessed and actively improved towards solutions which make a larger contribution to sustainability. More information about plastic additives: www.plasticadditives.basf.com.

BASF plastic additives are part of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division. The division’s portfolio also includes fuel and lubricant solutions, kaolin minerals, as well as oilfield chemicals and mining solutions. Customers from a variety of industries including Chemicals, Plastics, Consumer Goods, Energy & Resources and Automotive & Transportation benefit from our innovative solutions. To learn more, visit http://www.performancechemicals.basf.com.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

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The Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm, which is currently under construction, has successfully generated its first electricity.

While still in their testing phase, the first operating turbines are already producing electricity, which is transferred to shore via an offshore transformation station and fed into the Dutch grid.

Already completed wind turbines of the wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid.Already completed wind turbines of the wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid.

The wind farm is located in the North Sea about 18-35 kilometers off the coast between The Hague and Zandvoort and is owned by BASF, Vattenfall and Allianz.

So far, 36 turbines have been installed. When fully operational in 2023, Hollandse Kust Zuid will be the largest subsidy-free offshore wind farm in the world with 140 turbines and an installed capacity of 1.5 GW.

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With the certification of BASF’s production site in Cassina Rizzardi, Italy, BASF is the first chemical company offering certified sustainable personal care ingredients based on coconut oil. The company was certified according to the Rainforest Alliance Mass Balance Coconut certification scheme. Mass balance (MB) is a supply chain model that fosters the physical flow of certified raw materials within the supply chains, while the farmers benefit from selling Rainforest Alliance Certified coconuts and copra.  

“With the certification of our first production site and the offer of Rainforest Alliance Certified personal care ingredients to our customers, amongst palm and castor oil, we have established another supply chain based on renewables. We have thus taken an important step in transforming the market towards certified, sustainably sourced oleochemicals”, said Jutta Stute Sustainability Manager in BASF’s Care Chemicals division.

Coconut oil is an important feedstock for the chemical industry. BASF uses coconut oil to produce ingredients for cosmetic products, detergents and cleaning agents as well as foodstuff.

BASF is first to offer personal care ingredients based on certified sustainable coconut oil. BASF is first to offer personal care ingredients based on certified sustainable coconut oil.

Certified sustainably sourced coconut oil is just one recent example of how BASF’s Care Chemicals Division is addressing future challenges. Sustainability, digitalization, innovation and new approaches to working together are the key cornerstones to Care 360° – Solutions for Sustainable Life

The certification of coconut oil was made possible by a development partnership between BASF, Cargill, The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and the German government agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with the strong support from the Rainforest Alliance and the Philippine Coconut Authority. The objective of the project was to increase the income and economic self-sufficiency of smallholder coconut farmers in the Philippines and Indonesia by promoting a sustainable certified coconut oil supply chain. Between November 2015 and October 2018 more than 4,100 coconut farmers were trained in good agricultural practice (GAP), good processing practice as well as farm management. About 1,600 farmers received additional training and have been certified according to the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard. Farmers who were trained and certified have, on average, a 47 percent higher income than farmers who did not participate in the program.

BASF has set itself the goal to creating chemistry for a sustainable future. As a worldwide acting company, BASF has a responsibility to manage its supply chain carefully. The company is deeply involved in a range of initiatives to increase the share of nature-based ingredients in its portfolio and to enhance the sustainability of farming practices and the well-being of farmers and workers. Examples include the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as well as SuCCESS (Sustainable Castor Association).

Visit https://www.basf.com/global/en/who-we-are/sustainability/we-source-responsibly/sustainable-coconut-oil-production.html for more details.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

About the Care Chemicals division at BASF

The BASF division Care Chemicals offers a broad range of ingredients for personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. We are a leading global supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaners industry, and support our customers with innovative and sustainable products, solutions and concepts. The division’s high-performance product portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients and UV filters. We have production and development sites in all regions and are expanding our presence in emerging markets. Further information is available online at www.care-chemicals.basf.com.

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BASF has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Zhejiang REEF Technology Co., Ltd. to develop state-of-the-art recyclate formulations for applications used in the automotive, packaging and consumer industries.

  • BASF to supply its new IrgaCycle™ additive solutions to REEF Technology
  • Builds on extensive know-how in the plastics industry

Under the agreement, BASF will provide its recently launched IrgaCycle additive solutions along with technical consultancy and support for recycled polymer formulations conducted at BASF’s test facilities.

“Our goal is to help deliver higher quality, safer and more effective products while supporting the plastic circular economy and helping reduce the use of virgin plastic material,” says Hermann Althoff, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals Asia Pacific. “In this way, we support our customers and partners to achieve their sustainability targets and create sustainable innovations together.”

“We wanted to partner with a world-class manufacturer of plastic additives like BASF to improve the quality of our recyclates,” says Shirley Wu, General Manager, REEF. “With its in-depth expertise in plastic additives, BASF supports us in this core area by improving the processing and long-term stability of highly contaminated recycled plastic fractions.”

The new IrgaCycle™ solutions improve the processing and long-term stability of recycled plastics fractions strongly contaminated with paint, ink or adhesive residues, e.g. exterior automotive parts (bumpers).The new IrgaCycle™ solutions improve the processing and long-term stability of recycled plastics fractions strongly contaminated with paint, ink or adhesive residues, e.g. exterior automotive parts (bumpers).

IrgaCycle™ additive solutions help to increase the percentage of mechanically recycled content in several end-use applications such as packaging, automotive & mobility, and building and construction. These solutions address specific quality issues associated with recycled resins, such as limited processability, poor long-term thermal stability and insufficient protection from outdoor weathering.

The IrgaCycle range is offered as part of the VALERAS portfolio. In addition to enabling plastics circularity with IrgaCycle, VALERAS solutions bring significant sustainability value to plastic applications by improving durability, reducing waste, saving energy, reducing emissions, and promoting biodiversity.

Zhejiang REEF Technology Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Veolia Huafei Polymer Technology (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd., a joint venture company of the French Veolia Group in China. It focuses on the R&D and production of high-end engineering plastic modified materials. REEF’s core products include recycled polypropylene, high density polyethylene, ABS, and polyamide.

About BASF Plastic Additives

BASF is a leading supplier, manufacturer, and innovation partner of plastic additives. Its comprehensive and innovative product portfolio includes additives which provide ease in processing, heat and light resistance to a variety of polymers and applications including molded articles, films, fibers, sheets and extruded profiles. The portfolio is constantly analyzed, assessed and actively improved towards solutions which make a larger contribution to sustainability. More information about plastic additives: www.plasticadditives.basf.com.

BASF plastic additives is part of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division. The division’s portfolio also includes fuel and lubricant solutions, kaolin minerals, as well as oilfield chemicals and mining solutions. Customers from a variety of industries including Chemicals, Plastics, Consumer Goods, Energy & Resources and Automotive & Transportation benefit from our innovative solutions. To learn more, visit www.performancechemicals.basf.com

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

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