BASF the inventor of world’s first Expanded Thermoplastic Polyurethane (E-TPU) Infinergy, has expanded the production capacity of its Changhua manufacturing site in Taiwan with the start of a new Infinergy production facility. The growing demand for the revolutionary material solution will be satisfied with the expanded production capacity of the plant satisfying the needs of a variety of applications and industries.
Jens Dierssen, Head of Global Business Management Infinergy, BASF, said, “The Changhua production site will play a key role in helping us to meet the rising demand for E-TPU. With the new production facility, we are expanding our global footprint to better serve customers within the Asia Pacific region.”
Kin Wah Chay, Managing Director of BASF Taiwan, commented, “This investment reflects our commitment to the market, providing efficient production, timely qualification process to meet the growing market demands and customer needs. We are now even closer to the market and our customers. ”
Due to unique properties: high rebound, low density, durability over a wide temperature range, chemical resistance and low weight; the closed-cell, elastic particle foam is widely used in the transportation, furniture, construction and sports equipment, for example, as a bicycle saddle developed by Ergon, a company located in Koblenz, Germany, which has been working on innovations in cycling.
BASF’s Infinergy has been adopted in the tires of a three-wheeled vehicle, 05GEN manufactured by Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. to improve the overall riding experience. The material has also been adopted in construction due to the outstanding cushioning effect of the E-TPU particles that provides a safer and improved sporting experience on running track and playing fields.