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AIM Filtertech Licensee Globally for BASF's valure™, a Transfer Coating Tech. in India

Published on 2014-07-25. Author : SpecialChem

BASF SE and AIM Filtertech has celebrated the official start of production of valure™ in Pune, India. AIM Filtertech is the first company globally to receive a technology license for the commercial production of valure™. The production plant, wholly-owned by AIM Filtertech, will have an annual capacity of about 1.7 million square meters of valure™, serving both the local and global markets. BASF supports its licensing partner with the chemistry, technology knowhow, joint development with customers as well as application-oriented services.

valure™ technology is a special transfer coating technique that can be applied to a wide variety of high-quality flexible substrates like leather, fabric, cardboard, paper or plastics without impairing the air permeability of the material – helping to achieve surfaces with a distinctive character that are soft, warm to the touch, and visually attractive.

"This is an important step for BASF to bring an innovative solution like valure™ to the market," said Hermann Althoff, Senior Vice President, BASF Leather & Textile Chemicals. "As the leading chemical company, we believe in the power of innovation and its ability to shape our future. Through the collaboration with AIM Filtertech, we will be able to address the needs of the industry for flexible surfaces and develop pioneering products for their markets. We look forward to working together to leverage each other's strengths and deliver the most unique and sustainable solution for our customers."

AIM Filtertech has a strong track record for over 10 years in supplying chemical bonded non-woven fabric especially for the automotive industry for application in filter systems, oil absorbents, acoustic insulations, inner linings for carpets, roof liners, door trims, and lining for IP console. With a strong market for automotive, packaging, furniture and fashion industries in India, AIM Filtertech is the ideal licensing partner for the valure™ business.

"We are pleased to be the first licensing partner globally for valure™ technology," said Dhiren Shah, Founder of AIM Filtertech. "With this partnership, AIM Filtertech and BASF can leverage its respective areas of expertise and work together to deepen the collaboration in better serving the market. With valure™ technology, our customers can expect newer fabrics and novel applications to help them broaden their business in India and also abroad."

The polyurethane dispersion sprayed onto the desired surface is microporous and air permeable, improving the comfort of the coated materials. The design freedom is almost limitless – regardless of whether technical, natural or soft-touch structures are involved. Quick design changes present no difficulties enabling customers to produce different sizes on a smaller scale. Textures from leather graining to the appearance of velvet and even geometric patterns and impressions can be achieved with minimum effort.

About BASF

BASF is one of the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, it enables its customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Its products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. It has summed up this contribution in its corporate purpose: It creates chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN).

About Aim Filtertech Pvt. Ltd (AFPL)

AFPL enjoys the trust and confidence of eminent clients, and manufactures the products after receiving valuable inputs from the team of research and development professionals. AFPL blend expertise with latest technology to provide faith, innovation, safety and stability to its esteemed clients. Its team of experienced scientists and engineers contribute immensely for the design and development of products. It makes sure that the top quality products reach to the clients, and put maximum effort from raw materials to finished product. Its relentless attempt to offer top-notch products has given it an edge over the other players in this segment. At AFPL, innovation is not a concept – it's a constant initiative. Its engineers, technical professionals and manufacturing experts have produced the most competitive and advanced line of products for the markets it serves.

Source: BASF

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