A new plastic additives application center was inaugurated by BASF in Kaisten, Switzerland to provide the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region with technical support, the German firm announced in a press release Monday.
Housing a compounding extruder, stretch film and tape lines, and an injection molding unit that mimics polymer processing and production technology, the facility’s range of equipment enables the simulation of commercial production processes. A test laboratory on site will analyze processing stabilization, light stabilization, long-term stabilization, and effect performance of plastic 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. Supported by the latest digital technologies, we will continue to strengthen our development capabilities to not only to meet with customer needs, but also to drive innovation that addresses the future market needs,” Alberto Giovanzana, leader of Plastic Additives Europe, Africa and Middle East at BASF, said in the firm’s release.
The new application center is geared toward customers involved in polymer production, master batches, and the converting industry. BASF’s site also houses its global competency center for the automotive and film and tape industries.
“With this new investment, this site is now the European competence center for Plastic Additives in addition to the regional technical centers in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy and Lugwigshafen, Germany,” BASF said in the release. “By combining the current application technology labs together with the Marketing and Product Management functions all on one site, it will enhance automation and deliver faster results to its customers.”
BASF opened the application center at an existing production site for plastic additives like antioxidants.