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BASF Develops STYROFAN ECO 4810, 1st Latex with a Minimum of 10% Renewable Materials

Published on 2011-10-07. Author : SpecialChem

DALTON , GA -- BASF has announced that it has developed the first latex for carpet backing adhesives to be made with a minimum of 10 percent renewable materials.

"STYROFAN ECO 4810 will enable carpet manufacturers to develop new, sustainable products with ingredients that reduce energy and resource consumption, compared to alternative materials," said Bert Templeton, Business Director-Carpet, for BASF in North America. "Importantly, STYROFAN ECO 4810 performs as well as traditional petroleum-based products."

BASF's test data indicates that STYROFAN ECO 4810 latex achieves key product performance levels targeted by both residential and commercial carpet manufacturers.

"STYROFAN ECO 4810 latex creates value for our customers and demonstrates our commitment to developing innovative products to meet our customers' needs. We continually look for ways to bring technologically advanced, sustainable products to the market place," said Templeton.

The carpet industry has a strong commitment to developing sustainable products. STYROFAN ECO 4810 latex will help carpet manufacturers meet the ANSI/NSF 140-2007 standards of the American National Standards Institute and NSF International. The ANSI/NSF 140-2007 standards are used to identify certified carpets with a reduced environmental impact across multiple life cycle and environmental categories.

In its most recent report, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) noted that manufacturers are increasing their use of bio-based and recycled materials in the manufacture of carpet and backing.

The use of carpet with STYROFAN ECO 4810 latex will also contribute towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points for builders and contractors.

BASF has been a leading supplier of latex to the carpet industry for more than 40 years. The company's line of STYROFAN latex has brought a number of innovations to the industry, including improved performance and the elimination of materials such as ammonia.

STYROFAN is a registered trademark in the United States and a trade-mark in Canada of BASF SE, used with permission.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 16,400 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.7 billion in 2010.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, and agricultural products to oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €63.9 billion in 2010 and had approximately 109,000 employees as of the end of the year.

Source: BASF

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