German chemicals giant BASF has recently inaugurated a new EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) application centre for plastic additives in Kaisten, Switzerland, the company announced 11 June.
The new facility, located within the existing BASF production site, includes a compounding extruder, stretch film and tape lines as well as an injection moulding unit capable of simulating the polymer production and processing technology.
According to BASF, the facility can combine intelligent process automation and expertise that will increase the quality of plastics produced.
The new centre will serve as the regional technical support base for customers for applications such as polymer production, masterbatch and processing issues.
Additionally, the facility will serve as BASF’s global competency centre for the automotive as well as the film and tape industry.
The facility equipment, said BASF, can precisely simulate commercial production processes, while the test laboratory can evaluate processing stabilisation, light stabilisation, long term stabilisation or effect performance of additives.
“The housing of existing innovation units and intelligent laboratories on one dedicated site will lead to both shorter development cycles and help our customers by reducing complexity,” said Alberto Giovanzana, head of plastic additives Europe, Africa and Middle East, BASF.
The existing BASF site in Kaisten produces plastic additives such as antioxidants, which are added to plastics and lubricating oils to protect against ageing.