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02-02-2011

BASF Starts Operations at Expanded Plant

BASF SE has started operations at its expanded plant for the production of the biodegradable plastic Ecoflex. Expansion of the existing plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, will increase production capacity for Ecoflex from 14,000 to 74,000t/a. At the same time, BASF will ramp up compounding capacity for Ecovio, a derivative of Ecoflex.

Ecoflex is a plastic that has the properties of conventional polyethylene but is fully biodegradable under industrial composting conditions in accordance with DIN EN 13432. Ecovio is a derivative of Ecoflex that is also biodegradable and that contains up to 75% renewable raw materials. Typical applications are shopping bags, organic waste bags, mulch films for agricultural applications, and food packaging. One of the latest innovations is Ecovio FS Paper, which is used to provide a biodegradable waterproof coating on the interior surfaces of paper cups and cardboard containers.

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