LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany — May 18, 2011 — From May 24 to May 26, BASF will present new products and
customer-orientated applications at Techtextil 2011 in Frankfurt, the leading international trade
fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. At the booth B79 in hall 3.0 visitors will find
information on BASF’s comprehensive service and product range in the field of textile chemicals,
binding agents and plastic additives.
Textile Chemicals — Putting *FUTURE into Textiles
BASF offers innovative and sustainable solutions and products in all process stages across
the entire textile value chain. At Techtextil 2011, BASF will be showcasing a range of textile
solutions for wovens and knit goods under the theme “Putting *FUTURE into Textiles”. These
solutions are part of BASF’s commitment to shaping the future of the textile industry together with
customers, contributing to better textiles and development of the industry through improved
consumer protection, efficient use of resources and reduced carbon emissions.
For resource saving and climate protection, there is Cyclanon® XC-W NEW, an after-soaping
agent for reactive-dyed cellulose fibers which considerably shortens the processing time in
comparison with the conventional process, saving both water and energy. The intelligent coloration
system “BASF Color Fast Finish”, a one-step process combining pigment dyeing and finishing, visibly
reduces the total processing time compared to the conventional process, cutting down energy and
water use and thereby carbon dioxide emissions. BASF also offers under the brands Lurapret® and
Texapret®, high-quality coating products that are water-based and therefore environmentally
friendly for technical textile applications.
Other solutions which will be featured include the formaldehyde-free textile processing
system which ensures higher standards of consumer safety. Garments produced using BASF’s products
and solutions are safe and reliable, and fulfill standards including Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, The
European Union Eco-Label, as well as those of leading retailers and brands.
Dispersions for fiber bonding — innovations for nonwovens
Binding agents for fibrous materials in the form of dispersions and reactive resins have
become part of our daily life. When used in nonwovens, they make roofing membranes tear-proof and
ensure that PVC floors keep their shape. Thanks to such dispersions, waterproof cellulose
substrates can be turned into highly efficient decorative paper,filters or nonwoven wallpaper.
Natural fibers are used to produce lightweight construction materials or floor coverings.
At this year’s Techtextil, one focus in the field of dispersions for fiber bonding will be on
the ecologically compatible reactive resins of the Acrodur® brand. The water-based crosslinking
system offers an environmentally friendly alternative to solvent-based or formaldehyde containing
resins and consequently guarantees safe and simple handling. Acrodur® is, for example, used as a
binding agent for nonwovens made of polyester and glass fibers in construction applications such as
PVC floors and insulating mats. Additionally, it is particularly suited to process natural fibers.
Natural fibers are both light and stable at the same time, enabling automobile manufacturers to use
them in molded parts made for door linings, shelves or car ceilings. Other industries, such as
transportation and furniture for example, are also showing increasing interest in natural fibers
and their various fields of applications.
Additives and pigment competence for technical textiles
As a key supplier of pigments and additives BASF also offers the fiber-producing industry a
range of products: organic and inorganic pigments, light and thermal stabilizers, antioxidants as
well as selected polymer soluble dyestuffs.
For demanding fiber applications such as Buildtech, Geotech and Hometech, BASF provides a
broad range of high performance pigments and preparations as well as a comprehensive portfolio of
heat and lights tabilizers such as Uvinul®, Chimassorb® and Tinuvin®. The halogen-free flame
retardant Flamestab® NOR™ 116 combines flame retardancy and light stability in one molecule.
At this year’s Techtextil in Frankfurt, BASF presents the innovative technology Irgatec® CR
76 for nonwoven production. This technology enables converters to adapt material properties to the
specific requirements, for example to make use of more cost efficient raw materials or to convert
in-house nonwoven scrap to high-quality nonwoven.
Posted on May 19, 2011