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BASF to Stop Producing Lead Chromate Pigments by 2014 & Concentrate on Alternative Products

Published on 2012-02-22. Author : SpecialChem

BASF is going to stop producing lead chromate pigments by the end of 2014 at the latest and concentrate worldwide on the production and marketing of alternative products. These are offered by the company for the yellow as well as the red color range. They include pigments sold under the brand names of Sicopal®, Sicotan®, Paliotan®, T-Shade®, Paliotol®, Paliogen®, Cromophtal®, Irgalite®, Cinquasia® and Irgazin®.

"We have for years been in the possession of a large portfolio of organic and inorganic pigments that represent excellent alternatives to lead chromate pigments," says Stefan Sütterlin, Head of the Business Management Pigments of BASF in Europe. As, however, a one-hundred-percent substitution for lead-containing pigments does not exist, customers above all from the coatings industry have so far resisted change. "We are going to assist our customers, if they want us to, with the change-over," explains Joachim Straβner, Head of Marketing for Pigments for Industrial & Decorative Coatings of BASF in Europe. "This means that we will help them plan their exit strategy, agree on the quantities that are to be phased out and the technical changeover," continues Straβner.

BASF is one of the largest pigment producers worldwide and has a virtually unique product and technology portfolio. One of the oldest product groups is lead chromates which, due to their properties such as weather fastness and color strength, have been in great demand. Recently, the process for approval prescribed under the European chemicals regulation REACH concerning these substances has been started. Hence, from May 2015, it will no longer be permitted to put into circulation lead chromate pigments without approval by the authorities.

BASF produces lead chromate pigments exclusively on its site in Besigheim/Germany. This is where the future production of alternative products will gradually be developed and expanded.

About BASF

BASF is 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. They combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation they enable their customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Their products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. They have summed up this contribution in their corporate purpose: They create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €63.9 billion in 2010 and had approximately 109,000 employees as of the end of 2010.

Source: BASF


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