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BASF’s trend book presents innovative materials for future products

9:55 AM, 18th June 2016
BASF’s trend book presents innovative materials for future products
Trend study “Material Selection 16/17” by BASF presents innovative materials for products of the future. It is a joint project by the designfabrik and the performance materials scouting team of BASF in Europe.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF's performance materials division has launched “Material Selection 16/17”, the first trend study book that provides answers to: How are a Bolivian indigenous tribe and transfer coating technology related? What is the connection between a fitness app on your cell phone and semi-rigid foam? And what does this material feel like?

This book was jointly developed by designfabrik and Scouts team of performance materials division.

The study will be published exclusively for customers and partners and is aimed at designers and creative’s from all industries.

From RAW to Material Selection 16/17

This book is a continuation of the colour and material trend book “RAW” published last year by BASF's coatings division in collaboration with the designfabrik.

Knowing which needs will concern customers in the future
In order to detect trends, the BASF-scouts analyze the needs, markets and applications of current customers as well as further leading companies – beyond the traditional industry boundaries. In addition, they systematically evaluate the findings of foresight networks as well as professional trend- and future consulting institutes. From the multitude of different trends, they distil those topics that will matter the most in tomorrow's world of plastics. Here, they tie in with the work of the designfabrik.

The designers support their customers’ counterparts at the early stage of product development with their material know-how and sample pieces. They translate creative visions into material solutions and combine these with the possibilities of plastic. Scouts and designers jointly identify future market requirements from trends and topics in order to develop customized solutions for customers early on.

“We present two socio-cultural, relevant market trends and make them tangible for our customers by forming a connection with BASF materials. We understand the trend study as an invitation for our customers to think about products and materials of the future together with us. In combination with our experience in material consultation and our broad product portfolio, the study is the ideal foundation to let the innovative ideas of our customers become reality as quickly as possible,” said Philipp Bockmann, who has worked as a trend scout on the study.

“Plastics are the materials of the 21st century. In our study we are dealing intensively with their esthetics and functions. We introduce hybrid materials which can be combined for completely new purposes to make new designs possible. This study is to be considered as the start of a compilation without an expiry date – it will be a relevant and long-term tool for our customers. Moreover, with this trend book we will extend our focus from the automotive industry to industries such as construction and consumer goods,” added Alex Horisberger, designer at BASF's designfabrik.

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