GERMANY – BASF’s new high performance Ultramid polyamide is derived from renewable raw materials while retaining identical product formulation and quality for flexible packaging film applications.
According to BASF, the Ultramid production process replaces up to 100% of the fossil resources used at the beginning of the integrated production process with certified biomass. The share of renewable raw materials in the sales product is then indicated in the respective quantity. A third-party certification confirms to customers that BASF has used the required quantities of renewable raw materials which the customer has ordered in the value chain.
The resulting Ultramid, which is produced according to the so called mass balance approach, is identical in terms of formulation and quality but associated with lower green house gas emissions and saving of fossil resources. Existing plants and technologies along the value chain can continue to be used without changes.
“Consumer demand for products made of renewable raw materials continues to rise,” says Joachim Queisser, Senior Vice President of the Polyamides and Precursors Europe regional business unit.
“This offering opens excellent possibilities for packaging film manufacturers to market their products accordingly.”
BASF currently operates Ultramid polymerization plants in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Freeport, Texas and São Paulo, Brazil. Another plant is under construction in Shanghai, China.