BASF opens US thermoplastic polyurethanes research facility


BASF has launched a new thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) research laboratory in Wyandotte, US.

"BASF already operates labs to research and develop polymers and coatings for the North American market."

The research team, consisting of five members, will initially work in TPU synthesis and processing.

Dr. Christian Fischer, BASF Advanced Materials and Systems Research division president, said closeness to American customers and fast and direct contact are criteria in enabling BASF to tap into new ideas and emerging market trends and produce innovations.

"The new lab in Wyandotte is the latest strategic step toward an ever more global overall approach to research," Fischer added.

Fischer further added that it was also a basis for expansion of the existing scientific network with universities and other research facilities in North America.

BASF already operates labs to research and develop polymers and coatings for the North American market.

Dr. Karl-Rudolf Kurtz, BASF global research department PUR Systems and Composites senior vice president, said an interlinked system of research, development and applications engineering enables BASF to develop new products.

"It's a concept for success that has proved its worth at other BASF sites and is now to be strengthened in Wyandotte," Kurtz added.

The laboratory will focus on customising key material properties such as stiffness, elasticity and transparency and UV stability to meet individual customer needs by changing the manufacturing conditions.