FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production 29-04-2022

FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production

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-Flame-Retardant PPAs for Electronic Components

BASF’s newly expanded Ultramid One J and Ultramid Advanced slate of FR PPA compounds boasts long-term thermal stability without corrosion.

A newly expanded slate of flame retardant PPA compounds for electronic components said to combine high thermal stability with excellent electrical insulation and low water uptake has been launched by BASF. The new Ultramid One J and Ultramid Advanced grades are characterized by high electrical RTI (relative thermal index) values above 284 F while being halogen-free according to EN 50642, thus preventing corrosion and failure of electrical parts when used under moist conditions.

The non-halogenated PPAs based on nylon 9T, nylon 66/6T, nylon 6T/66 and nylon 6T/6 reportedly also allow for better colorability and long color stability. With these new grades, BASF offers a tailored E&E portfolio which opens new possibilities for applications like connectors for power or data transmission in vehicles, appliances and consumer electronics as well as for e-mobility parts, miniature circuit breakers, switch gear and sensors. The UL cards for the four new PPA grades show excellent electrical RTI values and offer diverse performance levels for different part requirements.

The product range includes the easily processab FR-PPA-compounds – PP-productionle Ultramid One J 60X1 V30, a nylon 66/6T acquired from Solvay and now available globally to customers from BASF. Together with the PPA pioneer Ultramid TKR 4340G6 nylon 6T/6, it is said to not only offer the highest electrical RTI value of 320 F but also very easy processability.

The nylon 9T Ultramid Advanced N3U41G6 shows an electrical RTI of 302 F at extremely low water uptake, which is crucial for SMT (surface mount technology) processing. Its outstanding chemical resistance combined with reportedly the most stable mechanical performance of all PPAs at elevated temperatures make it especially suitable for electronic applications.

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-BASF to wind down in Russia and Belarus

World’s biggest chemicals company sets July deadline for closure of remaining businesses in two countries FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production

BASF has pledged to wind down its remaining businesses in Russia and Belarus, becoming one of the last big German groups to make such a move following the invasion of Ukraine.

The world’s largest chemicals company by revenue, which last month froze all new projects in Russia, said on Wednesday it would close its existing businesses in the two countries by the start of July.

“Exempt from this decision is business to support food production, as the war risks triggering a global food crisis,” said BASF, which also produces fertilisers, herbicides and seed treatments.

“This decision is driven by the recent developments of the war and in international law, including the fifth EU sanctions package,” it added. A spokesperson declined to elaborate on which specific developments had prompted the move.

BASF’s 684 employees in Russia and Belarus would be “supported” until the end of the year, the company said. Its operations in Russia include a car-coatings plant 60km east of Moscow.

However, while BASF built its first non-German site near Moscow in 1877, neither Russia nor Belarus is a big market for the company. The two countries accounted for about 1 per cent of global sales last year, with the region largely served by local chemical groups such as Uralkali.

BASF has already been burnt by its exposure to Russia. Wintershall Dea, an oil and gas company in which it holds a majority stake, said last month it would be forced to write off the €1.1bn it had lent to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which was in effect cancelled by the German government soon after the war began.

As a result, BASF warned that net income for the first three months of 2022 would be €1.2bn, considerably below average analyst estimates of €1.8bn for the period. Full quarterly results are expected on Friday. FR-PPA-compounds – PP-production

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