Adhesives Magazine

BASF Opens New Epoxy Composites Application Lab

March 17, 2011

BASF Corp. recently announced the opening of its new epoxy composite laboratory at the company’s technical center in Tarrytown, NY. The new laboratory combines BASF’s comprehensive technical capabilities for epoxy systems under its Baxxodur® brand to support the development of new epoxy composite applications. It offers a range of facilities for simulating a customer’s production processes with Baxxodur resin systems and the ability to develop tailored solutions for customers’ specific process conditions. In addition, BASF has increased its technical support team with experts who provide on-site customer support.

“This investment reinforces BASF’s commitment to the wind energy market and will help us serve our customers better by providing fast and reliable technical support tailored to their needs,” said Teressa Szelest, senior vice president of the Chemical Intermediates Division.

Composites based on thermosetting epoxy resin systems have become an established material for the production of modern wind turbine rotor blades. Baxxodur epoxy systems can be processed significantly faster and over a wider temperature range than conventional systems, thus increasing flexibility in production and allowing blade manufacturers to produce parts of higher quality in significantly reduced cycle times, offering up to a 30% improvement in production efficiency.

For more information, visit www.windenergy.basf.com.