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BASF boosts coatings centre capabilities

BASF has installed a “tailor-made and flexible” laboratory coating and laminating facility in its centre of competence for adhesive coatings in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The equipment, supplied by Drytec and Kroenert, will be used to develop adhesive systems for flexible packaging, labels, tapes and functional film coatings. It increases the centre’s capacity for customer tests and will speed up the development of new products as well as the adaption of existing adhesive formulations to new carrier materials.

“By expanding our coating centre, we are able to further strengthen our technical leadership and innovation power when it comes to water-based adhesive systems and UV acrylic hotmelts,” explains Dr Jürgen Pfister, BASF’s head of dispersions for adhesives and fibre bonding Europe. “The universal laboratory coater produces exact, reproducible coatings of water-based and UV acrylate hotmelt systems, only requiring a minimum quantity of one kilo of adhesive. The pre-treatment and lamination of a variety of film combinations is possible without any problems.”

The new facility complements the competence centre’s existing pilot coater for dispersions which has a world record coating speed of 1,800m/min.

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