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How do you facilitate the use of renewable materials in trains and buses?

With our Acrodur® binding agent, we support the use of renewable raw material in the mass transit industry. Fiber composites made of wood or bast fibers such as kenaf and flax are dimensionally stable, have good fracture behavior and are lightweight. This is why more and more manufacturers use Acrodur to turn natural fibers into functional and environmentally friendly material. The product offers an alternative to formaldehyde-containing or solvent-based resins and therefore guarantees safe, simple and environmentally compatible handling.
Components made from natural fiber are not only functional and environmentally friendly, but they also offer completely new design opportunities for manufacturers. Acrodur can be combined with high-performing BASF additives such as UV stabilizers and pigments. The result is attractive and long-lasting interior surfaces in natural textures.

Henning Karbstein

Henning Karbstein

Business Development Representative
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What kind of materials work best with Acrodur?

Semi-finished products are the best candidates for use with Acrodur® because, prior to curing, they are very ductile – even after a long time in storage. They ensure easy assembly and further processing. After curing, Acrodur lends these products excellent mechanical stability, even at high temperatures.
Acrodur can be combined with water, other binder systems and additives such as surfactants, wetting agents, pigments, light stabilizers and flame retardants. This means that manufacturers can vary the required processing properties as well as the desired features of the finished product. In all cases, excellent binding properties are guaranteed.

Henning Karbstein

Henning Karbstein

Business Development Representative
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How can you assist the mass transit industry with lightweighting?

We offer a range of lightweighting solutions for manufacturers. Our engineering plastics solutions can offer a weight savings of up to 50 per cent over conventional metals, while maintaining key strength requirements. Our lightweight composite panel systems weigh far less than traditional marine-grade plywood, helping manufacturers meet industry demands for energy efficiency and improved fuel performance, providing weight savings throughout interior and exterior structures. At the same time, our foam systems help maintain the aesthetic qualities and ergonomics of the design, while insulating at the lowest possible weight.

Holli Woodard

Holli Woodard

Market Development Specialist
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What are the advantages of using composite panels for flooring?

By replacing traditional marine grade plywood flooring with a composite panel, manufacturers can reduce the total weight by over 75 per cent. That weight savings translates into extra paying passengers and reduction in fuel costs.

Rob Lyons

Rob Lyons

Market Development Manager
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What are the mass transit applications for polyurethanes?

Polyurethanes can be used as a lightweight, durable insulator, which means less money spent on vehicle heating and cooling and enhanced passenger comfort. Their durability also makes them ideal for cushioning in seats, armrests and headrests. They can also be used to insulate the engine in trains and buses, which provides protection against heat and noise. When used throughout the structure of the vehicle, polyurethanes help to reduce the overall weight, resulting in greater fuel efficiency and improved environmental performance.

Rob Lyons

Rob Lyons

Market Development Manager
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How can you help increase fuel efficiency?

Heavier vehicles require more fuel and are therefore more expensive to run. We provide manufacturers with more ways to use lighter materials, whether it's during the design phase or by replacing existing components. Our systems offer weight savings of up to 50 percent over conventional metals, while maintaining key strength requirements. Our composite flooring and body panel innovations provide weight savings throughout interior and exterior structures. With our engineering plastics and lightweight composite systems, manufacturers can meet industry demands for energy efficiency, lower emissions, and can improve fuel performance.

Ruben Del Valle

Ruben Del Valle

Sales Leader
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Can you help us with the design process?

During the design phase, we use advanced modeling and simulation technology to help designers determine how to reduce the number of component parts and to consider where they can use plastic materials to reduce weight. By building components virtually, manufacturers can more easily make changes to the design at a lower cost, while our team of application development engineers can provide guidance to help them select the best material for use in the design of trains and buses. This means that manufacturers can reduce costs because the majority of changes are completed prior to the development of a prototype or demonstrator.

Paulo Springmann

Paulo Springmann

Business Development Manager
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How do you assist with metal to plastic conversion?

Our Engineering Plastics team partners with OEMs to assist with the conversion of metal to plastic parts, participating from the very first stages of concept development. We use cutting edge Computer Aided Design (CAD) and engineering tools to analyze the design process, and identify ways to reduce the weight and cost of high performance structural components. We can also evaluate downstream variables that affect part design and function, such as shape, ease of manufacturing, disassembly, functionality, and maintenance. One example is the development of one-piece structural seat components that meet Docket 90A flammability guidelines and have an excellent surface finish. These gas-assist parts are robust, lightweight, comfortable and integrate several previous components into one solid part.

Paulo Springmann

Paulo Springmann

Business Development Manager
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Which substrates are your coatings suitable for?

Our coatings are suitable for a broad range of substrates including plastics, fiberglass, composites (such as carbon fiber), steel, stainless steel, and galvanized steel. Our wide range of colors offer our customers the possibility to meet individual design requirements, and as a solutions provider, we work closely with our customers to determine the best process for applying coatings to meet the requirements of all substrates. Our cross-functional teams can apply expertise in chemistry, applications and formulations to help accomplish specific formulation objectives.

Bill Potters

Bill Potters

Nat'l Sales Mgr - Specialty & Industrial Coatings
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Do your coatings meet fire, smoke, and toxicity (FST) requirements?

We offer single-stage top coat and body filler coatings with excellent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) properties that meet rigorous fire standards. Requirements vary from region to region, so our lab can also provide customized services for organizations with specific testing requirements for any of our coatings solutions.

Tom Lopez

Tom Lopez

Technical Service Representative
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Are your products low VOC compliant?

We can meet or exceed the most stringent VOC regulations in place across North America. We have proven solutions for the application of waterborne, solvent-based, low VOC, decorative waterproof coatings for exterior, above-grade, and vertical surfaces. Our low VOC offerings extend beyond coatings to include a melamine resin open-cell foam insulation and a binding agent that is free of formaldehyde.

Tom Lopez

Tom Lopez

Technical Service Representative
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Are your urethane sealants resistant to solvents?

The chemical resistance of any sealant is based on chemical strength, temperature, and length of exposure. Generally, urethane sealants are resistant to salts, bases, and many oils. BASF urethane sealants are generally considered resistant to incidental splash/spill contact with most solvents on a temporary basis, but cannot tolerate long-term immersion where softening and swelling may occur.

Jim Doell

Jim Doell

National Sales Manager
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What is the coldest recommended temperature to apply a polyurethane sealant?

The general rule is that adhesive/sealant installations should be carried out at 40°F (4°C) or higher to ensure proper cure and that joints are free of condensation and frost. Our polyurethane adhesives/sealants can be applied in temperatures as low as 20°F (-7 °C), as long as the following factors are taken into consideration:

  • Substrates. During cold weather there is a greater chance for moisture to be present on the joint faces. This can be in the form of dew, frost, or condensation. It is important that the substrate be completely dry prior to sealant application.
  • Viscosity. The viscosity of the adhesive/sealant increases as the temperature decreases. For application ease, we recommend the material be pre-warmed prior to use. Heated storage or use of a hot box at the job site is recommended.
  • Curing. At normal conditions, the adhesive/sealant will develop a skin within 24 hours of application. Low temperatures will extend curing times considerably; the joint must be protected from trade damage and environmental contamination (dirt, dust, etc.) while curing.

Successful low temperature adhesive/sealant application is possible if careful attention is paid to the preparation and installation process.

Jim Doell

Jim Doell

National Sales Manager
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