Originally published on BASF.com
Novel modification of BASF’s PolyTHF for various applications
First successful application for soft spandex fibers with Banglian
BASF has received the 2020 “CIIF New Materials Award” focusing on innovation and granted by the China International Industry Fair (CIIF) in September, 2020 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China. The CIIF judging panel applauded BASF for its novel modification of BASF’s PolyTHF® which is used to produce elastic spandex textile fibers, as well as synthetic films and leather. This year a total of 20 companies competed for ten awards in the “New Materials” category. BASF was the only awardee in the textile segment.
The first successful application of the product marked m-PolyTHF is the production of soft spandex fibers for denim garments, a joint achievement between BASF and Chinese producer Hangzhou Banglian Spandex (Banglian). The companies introduced a series of soft spandex-based products like socks and ear bands for surgical masks at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics trade show in Shanghai from September 23 – 25, 2020.
Being liquid at room temperature, m-PolyTHF offers improved processing properties when compared with conventional PolyTHF. m-PolyTHF has excellent mechanical properties like lower strain induced force, higher elongation, excellent tear strength and lower hysteresis loss. It exhibits lower stiffness than PolyTHF under a wider temperature range. This enables end products engineered with m-PolyTHF to be softer and offers better hand feeling properties even below freezing temperatures.
“The creation of m-PolyTHF enables BASF to extend our offering to customers by helping them develop new applications or improve their existing applications. We believe this will enable our customers to offer more customized solutions that cater to existing or even new market demand and trends,” said Dr. Bei Hu, Vice President of Business Management for Intermediates Greater China, BASF.
PolyTHF® is a BASF brand in many countries.