High Molecular Weight Polyisobutene Lanxess gives Its Intellectual Property for a New Process to BASF

Editor: Manja Wühr

BASF expands its capacities for high molecular weight polyisobutene (HM PIB) to support growth of global market. Therefore BASF has acquired intellectual property for a new manufacturing process of high molecular weight polyisobutene from Lanxess.

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Lanxess has sold BASF intellectual property for a new manufacturing process of high molecular weight polyisobutene.
Lanxess has sold BASF intellectual property for a new manufacturing process of high molecular weight polyisobutene.
(Picture: Thorsten Martin/Lanxess)

Ludwigshafen and Cologne/Germany – The agreement covers die mainly of intellectual property for a new technology to produce high molecular weight polyisobutene (HM PIB). The transaction is related to HM PIB only; other PIB offerings by BASF including medium molecular weight PIB (MM PIB) and highly reactive PIB (HR PIB) will not be affected. The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the agreement.

On behalf of BASF, Lanxess will exclusively manufacture the new HM PIB for BASF in existing assets under a long term toll manufacturing agreement. BASF will market the products under the product name Oppanol N.

Enhanced Security of HM PIB Supply

“The acquired technology provides an excellent opportunity for BASF to jointly grow together with our customers. The transaction will result in enhanced security of HM PIB supply, and it provides the basis for a long term oriented sustainable growth with high quality products for a broad range of applications,“ said Martin Widmann, Senior Vice President of BASF’s global business unit Fuel and Lubricant Solutions. “We are determined to make a smooth transition to the products manufactured according to the newly developed HM PIB technology as an important part of our Oppanol product portfolio. We will work closely with our customers to that effect.”

BASF has over seventy-five years of experience in the manufacturing of PIB and in understanding its properties. The company offers polyisobutenes with different molecular weights. Polyisobutenes play an important role in a wide variety of applications within miscellaneous industry segments.

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