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BASF Reintroduces Biopolymer After 50-Year Break

7:07 AM MDT | October 17, 2007 | Alex Scott

BASF says it has reintroduced a castor oil-based version of the polymer polyamide 6/10 to the market after shelving the material more than 50 years ago. “Given that interest in materials based on renewables has risen sharply in many markets we have decided to bring the product back into our range,” says Kurt Hoefli, head of marketing for BASFís Engineering Plastics business in Europe. “The subject of renewable raw materials has become important to our customers,” he says. BASF will market the biopolymer under the trade name Balance. About 60% of Balance...

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