BASF launching new TPE at K 2004

By Liz White, ERJ staff

Ludwigshafen, Germany-BASF AG is to release Oppanol IBS-an innovative product, made using “living cationic polymerisation,” to the world at the K 2004 show in Düsseldorf, Germany this October.

The news marks the German supplier’s first step into the thermoplastic elastomer sector, with a product it calls, “promising and versatile.”

Applications of this new type of TPE, based on styrene and isobutene, include adhesives and sealants as well as consumer goods and films, according to BASF.

Typical properties of conventional polyisobutene types…

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