BASF starts renewable materials form release agents plant in Germany
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BASF starts renewable materials form release agents plant in Germany

4:53 PM, 14th July 2015
BASF starts renewable materials form release agents plant in Germany
BASF's new production plant for form release agents in Stassfurt, Germany, is among the most advanced and most efficient in Europe.

STASSFURT, GERMANY: Supporting the increasing demand for ecologically sound and user friendly products, BASF SE commissioned a new production plant for form release agents in Europe. Opened at the company’s Stassfurt site in May 2015, the new facility produces release agents based on renewable raw materials as well as emulsions from renewable and non renewable raw materials. Successful trial operation was completed in early July and the plant has since commenced regular production.

“This important investment is to strengthen our release agent business in the European marketplace. We identified the increasing demand for alternatives to mineral oil based release agents and aligned our research efforts accordingly. Now we can provide our customers with an innovation that fills a gap in the market,” said Philipp Kley, senior vice president, construction chemicals, Europe, BASF.

Form release agents facilitate the easy removal of the concrete from its formwork; at the same time, they also enhance the surface of precast concrete elements and cast in place concrete.

“Stassfurt is our European production hub for the release agents from the master builders solutions portfolio. Our other European sites will also be supplied from here, facilitating this useful addition to the portfolio at all BASF sites,” said Jan Klugge, head, marketing, ready mix, Europe, BASF.

The master builders solutions experts have, among others, developed new release agent formulations based on natural raw materials such as plant oil. The products are available under the MasterFinish product name. “The new products perform exceptionally well. They provide excellent surface quality, are efficient and easy to use, and lower concrete manufacturers’ production costs when applied correctly,” said Herwig Heegewaldt, responsible for BASF’s concrete admixtures business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The new release agents made from natural raw materials provide an alternative to mineral?oil?based release agents, most of which have to carry an “aspiration hazard” label as of 1 June. This is due to the labeling requirements of the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals now also applies to chemical mixtures and thus to concrete release agents. Based on renewable raw materials release agents from BASF are not classified hazardous and will not require labeling.

In Europe, it has come into effect in Dec 2010 for chemical substances and in June 2015 for chemical mixtures, which also include concrete release agents.

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