BASF Hikes Insulating Material Capacity | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 46 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 14, 2011

BASF Hikes Insulating Material Capacity

Department: Business
Keywords: insulation, energy savings, expandable polystyrene
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Neopor beads (shown in center) are foamed (shown on sides) before being turnedinto insulating boards and molded parts.
Credit: BASF
BASF’s Neopor expandable polystyrene beads (shown in center) are                  foamed (shown on sides) before being molded into insulating boards and molded                  parts.
 
Neopor beads (shown in center) are foamed (shown on sides) before being turnedinto insulating boards and molded parts.
Credit: BASF

BASF plans to increase capacity for its Neopor-brand expandable polystyrene by around 60,000 metric tons per year. The project, at the firm’s site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, will occur in stages from December 2011 until October 2013. Unlike standard expandable polystyrene, Neopor contains graphite particles that reflect heat. BASF says the project is in response to a trend toward highly efficient insulating materials, particularly in exterior building envelopes.

 
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