Maastricht, the Netherlands – Insulation applications and environmental production will be an important part of BASF’s display at UTECH Europe this year.
There will be a strong focus on Slentite and Elastospray HFO-blown sprayfoams, on a stand that will feature applications from across a wide range of industries.
Slentite is a high-performance insulation panel, it will be presented in DeepFrame technology. This generates a virtual reality impression without using VR glasses. BASF said that it allows visitors to ‘experience the new product from a completely new perspective.’
Slentite is the first high-performance insulation material based on a PU aerogel that will be produced as a solid panel, BASF said. It is robust and is twice as insulating as conventional PU/PIR materials, the company added. Additionally it has an open nano-pore structure which prevents condensation.
It’s compressive strength is greater than 300 kPa, which makes it robust. It can be sawed, milled, drilled without generating dust. It which prevents condensation but has high performance to reduce energy costs, BASF said.
Also aimed at the construction sector, BASF will showcase its new generation of HFO-blown spray foams: Elastospray LWP. The product is free of ingredients that contribute to global warming or that deplete the ozone layer, BASF said.
The Biomass Balance technology shows how resource efficiency is enhanced by integrated production. This means that by-products or waste heat from one production plant can be used as feedstock elsewhere.
Product sustainability is the third focus area on the stand. BASF will explain how it is using the Biomass Balance approach to bring more renewable resources into chemical production process.
Basic products can already be made by combining renewable resources like bio-naphtha and bio-gas with fossil resources. BASF said that when customers ask it to do this, it calculates the bio share and assigns it to products using a method certified by the TUV Sud. TUV Sud is a technical inspection body. The amount of renewable resources that can be used ranges from 25% to 100% to make products without any difference in quality or characteristics.
In the polyurethanes business, the biomass balance has been applied to BASF’s rigid foam panels.
Rounding out the stand, BASF will show new applications from its Transportation and Consumer business segments. There will be a range of experts to talk about processing as well as upstream raw materials such as diisocyanates and polyols.
UTECH Europe will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands between 29-31 May 2018.