Form Release Agents BASF Puts Plant for Form Release Agents into Operation
Most of mineral‑oil‑based release agents have to carry an “Aspiration Hazard” label as of 1 June 2015. New release agents made from natural raw materials provide an alternative. BASF's new production plants for this form release agents has started operation.
Staßfurt/Germany – “We identified the increasing demand for alternatives to mineral oil based release agents at an early stage, and aligned our research efforts accordingly“, says Philipp Kley, Senior Vice President Construction Chemicals Europe at BASF. Opened at the company’s in Staßfurt site in May 2015, the new facility produces release agents based on renewable raw materials as well as emulsions from renewable and non renewable raw materials. Successful trial operation was completed in early July 2015, and the plant has since commenced regular production.
“This is why now, at just the right time, we can provide our customers with an innovation that fills a gap in the market and can give our customers a competitive advantage”, Kley is convinced. Form release agents facilitate the easy removal of the concrete from its formwork; at the same time, they also enhance the surface of precast concrete elements and cast in place concrete.
No Labeling Is Required
The new release agents made from natural raw materials provide an alternative to mineral‑oil‑based release agents, most of which have to carry an “Aspiration Hazard” label as of 1 June 2015. This is due to the labeling requirements of GHS. The new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals now also applies to chemical mixtures and thus to concrete release agents. Based on renewable raw materials release agents from BASF are not classified hazardous and will not require labeling.
“This investment underpins the importance of the Staßfurt site”, states Jan Klügge, Head of Marketing, Ready Mix Europe. “Staßfurt is our European production hub for the release agents from the Master Builders Solutions portfolio. Our other European sites will also be supplied from here, facilitating this useful addition to the portfolio at all BASF sites.” Additionally Kley emphasizes: “This important investment is to strengthen our release agent business in the European marketplace and to help us achieve a leadership position.”