BASF Polyurethanes Launches Lupranate 280 Isocyanate for MDI-Based Foams

WYANDOTTE, MI, September 30, 2009 - BASF Corporation is launching its innovative Lupranate 280 Isocyanate for MDI-based foam. The resulting foams provide excellent quality and performance and have intrinsic fire retardant qualities.

"Lupranate 280 Isocyanate is unique because it provides the manufacturer a high-quality foam that passes California Technical Bulletin 117* without the addition of separate flame retardants," said John Maloney, Business Manager, Polyurethanes Division at BASF. "In addition, Lupranate 280 is significantly slower to discolor than foams with added fire retardants."

Lupranate 280 can be used in furniture and furnishing applications. Manufacturing using Lupranate 280 is efficient and compatible with much of today's existing equipment, processes and production conditions.

BASF Corporation is a Diamond Sponsor of the 2009 CPI Polyurethane Technical Conference and will introduce Lupranate 280 Isocyanate at this event, which will take place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at Fort Washington, Maryland (Washington, DC) on Oct. 5-8, 2009.

*This numerical flame spread rating, as in other tests of flammability, is not intended to reflect hazards presented by this or any other material under actual fire conditions.

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For more information contact:
Bill Donnelly
BASF Corporation
Tel: (734) 324-6303

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