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BASF honored with Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for UV-curable primer

Published on 2005-06-23. Author : SpecialChem

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded its coveted Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award to BASF's Automotive Refinish Coatings business for the company's eco-efficient UV-curable primer.

Patrick Prevost, President Chemicals, Plastics and Performance Products, BASF Corporation, accepted the award at the 10th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award celebration recently held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. on June 20, 2005. "We are very pleased to receive this award. It is a decisive validation of our strategy to develop intelligent and eco-efficient solutions", Prevost said.

The Eco-Efficiency Analysis showed that, compared to conventional thermal cured products, the new primer from BASF cures ten times faster. Since UV-curing is light-activated and does not rely on heat, it eliminates the need for bake ovens. As a result the energy consumption in a body shop is significantly reduced by approximately 80 percent.

"Finding a balance between the economic, environmental and social needs of today's society without impairing the development opportunities of future generations one of our essential objectives", said Rainer Blair, Group Vice President for BASF's coatings businesses in North America and the Global Automotive Coatings Solutions business. "The development of this UV-curing primer shows that we do not only talk about sustainability, but also act accordingly."

BASF's Eco-Efficiency-Analysis looks at the entire lifecycle of a product, "from the cradle to the grave," starting from the extraction of raw materials to using the product and ending with recycling or disposal after use. Such an analysis allows both economic and environmental aspects to be considered when developing and optimizing products and processes and makes it possible to determine the most eco-efficient of the various alternatives. The aim is to offer the best possible cost-effective products with good environmental performance. BASF experts have already performed more than 240 Eco-Efficiency Analyses. Their know-how has been also made available for studies in projects outside the BASF.

The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge awards have been presented annually since 1996 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to recognize businesses and individuals who have discovered innovative ways to significantly reduce pollution at its sources and have used chemistry to improve the environment. Nominations for the awards are judged by an independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society on behalf of representatives for government, industry, academia and the non-profit sector.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's intelligent solutions and high-value products help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. In 2004, BASF had approximately 82,000 employees and posted sales of more than €37 billion. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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