LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, Nov. 22, 2012 (Press Release) -
Cost-efficient anionic surface sizing agent for packaging
High compatibility with other anionic additives
No foaming and no sensitivity to pH or starch type
Since its invention by BASF, polymeric surface sizing agents (PSA) have seen many developments to reach their current performance levels. Recently, research, development and application specialists at BASF jointly completed their work on a new product for this established technology that allows papermakers to significantly improve on sizing costs. Traditionally, PSA for the liner segment used cationic polymers. This however limited the coloration to certain product ranges.
With Basoplast® 450 P, BASF introduces a new and highly costefficient PSA for the packaging segment. The product is suited for linerboard grades and complements BASF's offer of anionic PSA in the graphical paper market. By replacing cationic PSA in packaging with Basoplast® 450 P, paper manufacturers now can adjust the desired coloration in the surface with direct dyes, which can provide a more cost-efficient solution than incumbent systems. Developing cost-efficient systems and solutions is built on the strengths of BASF's expanded portfolio after the acquisition of legacy Ciba. Direct dyes are sourced from BASF's new plant in Ankleshwar, India.
In addition to the new opportunities for cost-efficient coloration, BASF's new anionic PSA Basoplast® 450 P agent shows no foaming tendency or sensitivity to pH or starch type and can be used in both, size or film-press. It further has received food contact approval (BfR XXXVI, FDA 176.170, 176.180).
"With Basoplast® 450 P we offer the first anionic polymeric sizing agent able to compete against cationic polymeric surface sizing agents traditionally used in liner and board. We recently had various mill trials throughout Europe and in consequence are able to promptly launch the product in the market. But, this invention also required cross-divisional support through the know-how- and production Verbund of BASF, especially the Petrochemicals Division. It shows that BASF can be very successful if we act as one company," says Dr. Frank Höfer, Vice President, Marketing Paper Chemicals Europe.
"Our consistency in research & development work, also on established product lines, has made this new market opportunity available. This example shows very clearly that even in mature applications, with lots of creativity and enthusiasm, our development specialists are able to find new and successful products with which we can help our customers to achieve their targets in performance and cost reductions," adds Dr. Thomas Stährfeldt, Vice President, Innovation Paper Chemicals.
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet athttp://www.basf.com/.
About BASF's Paper Chemicals division
BASF's Paper Chemicals division offers process chemicals to optimize costs and increase machine efficiency, functional chemicals to lend specific properties to paper, and finishing chemicals to improve the appearance and performance characteristics of printed paper and board. With this comprehensive portfolio, BASF is the leading supplier of paper chemicals worldwide. BASF established Paper Chemicals as a separate division when it acquired Ciba in April 2009. The ISO 9001-certified Paper Chemicals division operates sites in Europe, Asia and the Americas. For more information, go to http://www.paper-chemicals.basf.com