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Copolyamides & Bioplastics for Sustainable Packaging by BASF at interpack 2017

Published on 2017-02-03. Author : SpecialChem

At interpack 2017, taking place in Düsseldorf from May 4 to 10, BASF experts and specialists from BTC Europe, the distribution organization of BASF, will present a wide range of products and innovations from its packaging portfolio in hall 10, booth 43.

The broad range of products offered by BASF is focusing on packaging products that reduce the environmental and ecological footprint while still being an economically viable option.

Packaging that Cuts Environmental/Ecological Footprint

Two New Copolyamides Create New Opportunities

Ultramid Flex F38L

Ultramid® Flex F38L

  • Ultramid® Flex F38L is an entirely new, partly bio-based Copolyamide. 
  • The product is immediately soft without conditioning and has 50% less water uptake than Polyamide 6. 
  • Furthermore, the bubble stability and BUR (blow-up ratio) can be significantly increased because of the higher melt stability. 
  • The new grade has a different O2/CO2 transmission ratio to all other Polyamides and can be used for cheese ripening bags or modified atmosphere packaging.

Ultramid C37LC

Ultramid® C37LC

  • Ultramid® C37LC is a new Copolyamide allowing manufacturers of shrink film for food packaging to achieve higher hot water and hot air shrinkage. 
  • By reducing the crystallization temperature and melting point of the product, the curling of asymmetric films with Polyethylene (PE) or Polypropylene (PP) is significantly reduced.

Bio Mass Balance – An Exclusive Opportunity for BASF’s Customers in the Packaging Industry

BASF is presenting the innovative biomass balance approach applied for the packaging industry. Using this concept, renewable raw materials are used as feedstock in the beginning of BASF’s integrated Verbund production system and then allocated to specific sales products.
  • As a consequence, these products save fossil resources and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • An independent third party validates the required amount of renewable raw materials and certifies the sales product. 
  • An example of the biomass balance approach from a customer’s application will be available for visitors to the BASF booth.

Ultradur® B1520 FC for Thin-walled, Injection Molded Food Packaging

  • Ultradur®, a partially crystalline saturated polyester used in single-serve coffee capsules, offers improved oxygen barrier properties than commonly-used PP. 
  • Using PBT instead of PP in the containers also allows for the removal of aluminum film as a needed secondary packaging. 
  • Better oxygen barrier properties keep the coffee fresher for a longer time, helping to increase shelf life time of the food products.

ecoflex® and ecovio® – Biodegradable Polymers





PEF: Synvina Aims World-leading Position

  • Synvina, the joint venture of BASF and Avantium, aims to build-up world-leading positions in furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylenefuranoate (PEF). 
  • FDCA is produced from renewable resources and an essential chemical building block for the production of PEF, which enables food packaging, films and plastic bottles. 
  • Compared to conventional plastics, PEF is characterized by improved barrier properties for gases like carbon dioxide and oxygen. 
  • Due to its higher mechanical strength, thinner PEF packaging can be produced and a lower amount of packaging material is necessary. PEF can be recycled.

About BASF

BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. BASF’s portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS).

About BTC

BTC Europe belongs to one of the world's leading chemical groups, BASF. BTC Europe GmbH is BASF’s European sales organization for specialty chemicals. Its strengths lie in our knowledge of the industry, based on many years of experience, and our proximity to our customers. With its 11 regional offices and more than 450 employees in Europe, BTC supplies small and medium-sized customers from a wide variety of industries with about 6,000 products. BTC is headquartered in Monheim am Rhein.

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