Biesterfeld Plastic extends BASF insulation collaboration
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Polystyrene is a dream material for insulation thanks to its water resistance, low thermal conductivity, ease of installation, light weight and noise-proofing benefits.
The 20-year partnership encompasses both the established polystyrene grade 158K and the recently commercialised PS 148HQ produced at Ludwigshafen.
Martin Umbach, Managing Director of Biesterfeld Plastic, said the two polystyrene types ‘offer consistently high product quality thanks to the uniform manufacturing process’, and complement the company’s portfolio well.With versatile applications in numerous industries, PS 158K is characterised by heat resistance and fast solidification, which BASF said make it suitable for use in food packaging, as well as in applications such as disposable tableware and packaging. The high transparency also allows the plastic to be used as a stretch wrap film. This product type is also seeing increasing use in medical equipment and laboratory supplies, for example in the manufacturing of petri dishes, beakers and lab slides.According to the chemical and plastics group, the insulating properties of PS 148HQ make it especially suitable for production of XPS insulation panels and impact sound insulation. In addition to applications in building insulation, where high and stable output is required, this grade is also used to manufacture consumer goods.