BASF Expands UV Acrylic Hotmelts Capacity in Europe

June 3, 2019

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BASF Expands UV Acrylic Hotmelts Capacity in Europe
The new BASF acResin production facility in Germany. Image courtesy of BASF

A new production plant for UV acrylic hotmelts was recently opened by German chemicals and materials firm BASF at its Ludwigshafen, Germany complex, doubling its production capacity for the adhesive raw material at the site, a company press release announced Monday. 

An investment of “several tens of millions of euros” was made to construct the new facility, according to BASF.

“In the premium adhesives sector, the global trend is moving towards high-quality and sustainable application solutions. The UV-curable 100% acrylic hotmelt acResin meets these high requirements and, as a partner of the adhesives industry, we aim for continued growth in this specialty business,” Dr. Jürgen Pfister, vice president business management, Adhesives & Fiber Bonding EMEA, at BASF, said in the release. 

UV acrylic hotmelts produced at the site are sold under the brand name acResin and are used to produce specialty pressure sensitive adhesive products, including adhesive tapes used in the automotive and construction industries and food labels. 

The material offers several advantages to solvent-based adhesives, including fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and low levels of odor, BASF said. acResin products also are suitable for use in food contact materials. 

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