BASF, Dong-il develop lightweight polyurethane solutions

BASF, Dong-il to develop lightweight polyurethane solutions

6:43 AM, 4th November 2017
BASF, Dong-il to develop lightweight polyurethane solutions
Young Ki Choi, president, Dong-il CNE and Larsen Kolberg, vice director, business management, construction industry, BASF Performance Material Asia Pacific sign the MoU.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: BASF SE and Dong-il CNE entered a strategic memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement to develop innovative, lightweight utility poles and oil and gas pipes, as well as other solutions for advanced infrastructure.

Dong-il CNE is the only professional company in the country to offer a complete one-stop service for environmental pollution prevention and manufacturing.

As the initial project of the partnership, Dong-il CNE will provide its manufacturing expertise to produce BASF branded utility poles made with BASF’s Elastolit polyurethane (PU).

The partners will also explore other lightweight applications to meet the growing demand for stronger, lighter composite products for the building and infrastructure industries.

Under the agreement, BASF and Dong-il CNE will also explore several new technologies including PU pultrusion, PU with carbon fibre filament winding, as well as oil and gas pipes with a PU filament winding process.

Utility poles made with PU and enabled by BASF’s unique filament winding technology, are extremely lightweight and robust yet flexible. The poles can withstand severe weather conditions such as typhoons and can be optimized for specific conditions. In addition, they weigh less and are yet more durable and resilient than the concrete poles they replace.

“We are delighted to partner with Dong-il CNE to identify new opportunities and tap into the global composites market, which is estimated to reach almost $40 billion by 2021. Our ultra-light utility poles will help provide uninterrupted electricity to cities across Asia, especially in areas that are prone to severe weather conditions, such as Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Japan and Australia,” said Andy Postlethwaite, senior vice president, performance materials Asia Pacific, BASF.

“By combining BASF’s broad competencies in composite materials and technologies with our integrated manufacturing capabilities, our partnership will create new material applications that will help address urban infrastructure challenges brought by population increases across Asia,” said Choi, Young Ki, president, Dong-il CNE.

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