Fakuma 2021 BASF to showcase a variety of sustainable plastics solutions
Together with customers and partners, BASF has set itself the goal to contribute to a circular economy in which raw materials are conserved, plastic waste is reduced and materials can develop their full potential during use. The company will be showcasing a large number of these materials from 12 to 16 October at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Alternative drives, electromobility and CO2 emission reductions are the defining topics in the automotive industry. To this end, BASF offers versatile engineering plastics and polyurethanes. From high-voltage connectors and bus bar holders to electromagnetically shielded housings, a wide range of eMobility applications will be shown at Fakuma. In addition, engine and transmission mounts are presented, that lead to savings in production, but also contribute to optimised acoustic experiences, the group states. A tunnel reinforcement, which is a joint project with Stellantis and L&L Products, recently won the Altair Enlighten Award for its weight savings.
For the first time, the group presents a new flame-retardant Ultramid grade (PA66) that expands the portfolio of color-stable, tailor-made engineering plastics for use in electric cars. The newly developed material combines color stability (available in orange RAL 2003) and mechanical strength in an innovative way and is thus able to meet the technical requirements the market demands.
With Ultramid Advanced N (PPA), BASF offers a high-performance alternative to aluminum die-cast components in fuel cell engines for buses and delivery vehicles. A thermostat housing and a manifold on the stand demonstrate the excellent thermal and chemical resistance of the company's PPA, its favourable mechanical properties, high impact strength as well as good dimensional stability and stable long-term performance. BASF is also presenting a new Ultramid Advanced N grade: it is particularly suitable for connectors that are post-processed using surface mount technology (SMT). The group supplies the new polyamide 9T in customer-specific colors with high stability. The new PPA increases the robustness, performance and reliability of power and data connectors in consumer electronics, e.g. computers, servers, smartphones as well as smart household and portable electronic devices.
With Elastollan N (TPU), the supplier is showcasing its bio-based thermoplastic polyurethane, which has the same performance profile as equivalent fossil-based Elastollan grades. The grade with renewable raw materials also features good mechanical properties such as high tensile strength and elongation combined with high UV and aging resistance. The bio-based TPU can be used in all already known areas of Elastollan, such as cable sheathing, films and conveyor belts but also in many injection-moulding applications in the automotive and E&E industries.