By Cameron Chai
BASF, a chemical company, announced that it will participate in the 2012 International Plastics Design Competition, which will be held at the NPE global plastics exposition in Orlando, Florida.
Multilayer packaging structure
The four BASF products that have gained entrance into the competition include the thermoplastic oil pan module, compostable multilayer packaging structure, 111 Navy Chair by Emeco and Mobilegs.
BASF has developed the thermoplastic oil pan module along with Chrysler Group and MAHLE North America. Since the oil pan weight has been reduced by 40%, there is a significant improvement in fuel efficiency. In addition, the module minimizes costs, as the tooling investment for the pan is 50% less than the traditional pans. BASF has also developed a compostable multilayer packaging structure for applications in the food industry. The structure includes six layers and each layer is made from BASF’s polypropylene material. It can help convert landfill waste into a valuable and usable product. In addition, the packaging helps increase landfill diversion rates for use in ‘Zero Waste’ efforts in universities, convention halls, sports venues, cities and others.
111 Navy Chair by Emeco has been designed from 111 recycled soda bottles per chair and uses post-consumer recycled PET material from BASF. 111 Navy Chair by Emeco has been designed to address rigorous performance and meticulous cosmetic needs while reducing material and optimal cycle times. The post consumer recycled plastic chair is ideal for use in museum cafeterias, schools, fast food restaurants, homes and other settings. Mobilegs has been designed for individuals who have joint pain, have suffered an injury or other mobility issues. Every single feature of the traditional crutch has been redesigned to provide optimum mobility. The saddle frame of Mobilegs is produced using Ultramid B3EG6, a glass-filled nylon material developed by BASF.