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Two-Layer Tire System by BASF Brings Safety, Comfort to Bike Sharing Brand ofo

New tire system a boost for ofo's globalization journey.

ofo, a leading China-based multinational bike sharing company, will use a two-layer tire system made with BASF’s Elastopan polyurethane (PU).

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Bicycle-sharing commuters around the world will soon experience a more enjoyable ride: ofo, a leading China-based multinational bike sharing company, will make journeys safer and more comfortable thanks to a two-layer tire system made with BASF's Elastopan polyurethane (PU). Enabled by a unique dual density technology, the outer layer of the PU based tire system is hardy over rough surfaces, while the inner layer provides outstanding shock absorption as a result of the material's high rebound performance. The inflation-free tire system also eliminates the annoyance of conventional inner-tube patching and repair.

Elastopan's anti-slip properties also provide riders with outstanding surface traction for greater safety. The material enables a unique tire tread design, which further improves the anti-skid performance of the tires. Compared to conventional tires made of rubber, the innovative bike tire system made with Elastopan is approximately 30% lighter, making the bike easier to handle.

"The quality of bicycle tires is critical to ensuring a positive user experience. As a key driver of our global expansion strategy, it is particularly important for us to move ahead and secure our leading position in the industry," said Dai Wei, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of ofo. The company has connected more than 10 million bikes in over 180 cities across 13 countries. It recently launched shared bikes in United Kingdom, Austria, Russia, Italy, Czech Republic and Holland.

Elastopan is wear-, abrasion-, chemical- and fatigue-resistant. As the outer layer of the tire system is approximately three times more resistant to abrasion than rubber, it is very durable against rough surfaces. "The use of Elastopan's dual density technology can help reduce the need for repairs, extending the service life of our bicycles," added Dai Wei. "As the bike tire system is puncture proof and hard-wearing, this will also reduce the number of bikes that are abandoned due to damage."

With Elastopan dual density PU system, the inner layer of the bike tire has been optimized to deliver high rebound performance. The dual density tire structure even improves the damping performance by around 30% [1] which significantly enhances comfort and the overall riding experience.

"We are excited to contribute our material solutions to ofo's new fleet, helping make the bicycles more durable, light and comfortable while supporting the development of bicycle sharing system and industry in China," said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF. "Innovative materials can inspire and enable design and functionality to meet the challenges of modern urban life. We continue to explore opportunities to improve material applications for other bike parts, including saddles, hand grips, wheel rims, baskets, brake line covers, pedals and many others. Concurrently, we are in discussions with ofo on new areas of strategic partnership to support ofo's globalization journey."

Elastopan can be produced in any color required. The two-layer structure enables more possibilities for design, as each layer can be manufactured in different colors, and cost-effectively produced in a one-step process.

For more information, click on  https://on.basf.com/ofoxbasf

 

[1] Based on lab tests conducted under a simulated working environmen

BASF Introduces AUROOM, a Platform for the Digital Visualization of Automotive Exterior Colors

Virtual coatings including complex effects can immediately be mapped on any 3D geometry for color assessment.

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Originally Published by BASF.

With AUROOM, BASF's Coatings division introduces a digital platform which enables OEM designers to access a database of photo-realistic virtual car colors. BASF's virtual colors capture all facets of automotive coatings including lightness flop, color flop and sparkling. By mapping these colors on car models, OEM designers can virtually paint every color proposal and gain realistic impressions of colors and effects on a complete car already in an early design phase. AUROOM will be a valuable tool for OEM designers to speed up and perfect the overall color design process as they are no longer solely dependent on physical samples that need to be painted and shipped. AUROOM provides further innovative features like real-time side by side comparison of different color shades of the same color group to make the right color decision easier.

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Workaround, ALBIS PLASTIC and BASF Optimize Smart Glove for Industrial Applications

ProGlove from Workaround makes scanning processes safer and more efficient.

Originally Published by BASF.

In close cooperation, Workaround GmbH, ALBIS PLASTIC GmbH and BASF have modified an important component of the smart glove ProGlove. After deep analysis, Ultramid Vision is now being used on the integrated scanning unit, allowing even simpler, quicker and safer work processes. The ProGlove is already in everyday use by leading branded manufacturers in the automotive, logistics and chemical sectors. The optimized version is now being presented to a wide specialist audience at Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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BASF Has Developed the World's First Particle Foam Based on Polyethersulfone

The foam, that is lightweight, stiff and strong, highly temperature resistant, intrinsically flame retardant, is suitable for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains.

Originally Published by BASF.

After two years of intensive research, BASF is now able to present prototypes of the world's first particle foam based on polyethersulfone (PESU). The foam is characterized by its unique combination of properties: high-temperature resistance, inherent flame retardancy - and its extreme light weight coupled with great stiffness and strength. It is therefore particularly well suited for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains, which require excellent mechanical properties together with the ability to withstand high operating temperatures or to meet stringent flame-retardant requirements. The expandable PESU granulate is pre-foamed into beads with low densities between 40 and 120 g/L and can be processed into molded parts with complex 3D geometries using technologies available on the market.

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BASF closes acquisition of vegetable seeds business from Bayer

It strengthens BASF's seed platform and complements the recently expanded Agricultural Solutions portfolio, which includes seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming.

Originally Published by BASF.

BASF closed the acquisition of Bayer's global vegetable seeds business, mainly operating under the brand Nunhems®. The transaction adds a well-recognized brand with a very successful business track record to BASF's portfolio. The acquired vegetable seeds business comprises 24 crops and about 2,600 varieties. It also includes well-established, strong R&D and breeding systems with over 100 unique breeding programs in more than 15 crops.

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BASF Receives NPA's Novel Ingredient and Science Award for its Portfolio of Natural Cosmetic Ingredients

NPA's Natural Standard and Certification for Personal Care Products is a set of guidelines that dictate whether a product can be deemed truly "natural", and comes to protect and educate consumers.

Originally Published by BASF.

The Natural Products Association (NPA) recognized BASF for having the largest selection of ingredients for cosmetic manufacturers who want to certify their products according to the NPA Natural Standard. The 25th Annual NPA Awards honors outstanding individuals and companies that have made valuable contributions to the success of the natural products industry.

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BASF advances capabilities in infant nutrition with launch of 2'- fucosyllactose

BASF has received EU Novel Food approval for 2'-FL and is currently supporting regulatory clearance to facilitate access to other key markets.

Originally Published by BASF.

Newtrition®, BASF's human nutrition brand, will launch 2'-fucosyllactose (2'-FL), a human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) for the infant nutrition market by early 2019. HMOs are a unique group of carbohydrates naturally found in human breast milk with 2'-FL being the most abundant.

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BASF Calls for Proposals: Inaugural Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge

The selected applicants will receive valuable insights on how BASF can support, collaborate, and partner at different stages of solution development; from ideation to prototyping, supply chain and commercialization.

Originally Published by BASF.

Newtrition®, BASF's human nutrition brand invites innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide to participate in the first-ever Newtrition Health Innovation Challenge. Co-hosted by Newtrition and BASF Venture Capital (BVC), the challenge is an opportunity for applicants to present breakthrough solutions for pressing health challenges to the jury that is composed of representatives from BVC, BASF Human Nutrition R&D, marketing and sales, as well as a panel of renowned professors at a one-day event in Singapore on October 8, 2018.

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BASF Submits Regulatory Dossiers for Two New Herbicide Active Ingredients

Global registration initiatives have started for herbicides Luximo™ and Tirexor.™

Originally Published by BASF.

BASF has started the global registration initiatives for two new herbicide active ingredients. The company submitted the regulatory dossier for Luximo™ herbicide in the European Union (EU) and in Australia and for Tirexor™ herbicide in Australia as well. These steps are important milestones in expanding BASF's global herbicide portfolio. The two compounds have demonstrated excellent performance against a broad range of difficult-to-control grasses and broadleaf weeds and are expected to help growers worldwide successfully safeguard their crops while managing the ongoing challenge of herbicide resistance.

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