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Q&A from the Experts

  • I have an idea for a new design--can you help me?

    We provide solutions tailored to fit your requirements, optimized and adjusted in our appliance lab to match your needs. Specific processing conditions are simulated and optimized, with the final products tested, applying international standards and manufacturers’ test procedures. 

  • How does polyurethane foam help fencing and decking last longer?

    High-density polyurethane foams used for these applications offer a low H2O absorption rate and moisture-resistance (water absorption rate under 1% by volume) that does not attract mold, fungus, rot or insects. And because it is designed for low maintenance, BASF high density foam can take varying temperatures and climates and maintain appearance.

  • What materials are compatible with polyurethane adhesives for flooring?

    Polyurethane adhesives can be formulated for bonding to wood, expandable polystyrene (EPS), oriented strand board (OSB) or specific metals.

  • What is Micro-Springs Technology?

    Micro-Springs Technology is made up of millions of micro-cellular, polymer springs and offers better pressure distribution, low hysteresis loss and improved comfort over conventional metal springs. In fact, Micro-Springs Technology distributes pressure more effectively than eight-way hand tied springs. Other benefits include design flexibility, faster construction cycles and reduced labor costs.

  • Where can polyurethane foam be found in everyday items?

    BASF Elastoflex® flexible foams, with Elastoskin® polyurethane coverings and Elastofoam® integral skin system can be found in seating for many of today's snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles because of their durability and high resistance to water. They also give designers the flexibility to create a wider range of grain, texture and color surfaces, all using a single, in-mold process.


    From rollerblades to beach clogs, hiking boots to jogging shoes, BASF makes insoles, midsoles, outsoles and more that enhance support, reduce fatigue and promote longer wear.


    BASF Elastopor® systems are used to create MDI based surfboard blanks that have proven to be popularly lightweight, durable and increasingly cost-effective.


    Superior puncture, tearing and moisture resistance make BASF polyurethane flexible foams and integral skins ideally suited for balls and other toys.


    BASF microcellular foams are giving bicycle and other recreational tire makers a durable yet process-saving alternative to air-filled tires.


    BASF polyurethane flexible foams' sound damping properties, and soft touch comfort are music to the ears of some of the best headphone manufacturers and audiophiles.

  • How does polyurethane improve durability?

    BASF's custom-formulated rigid foams and glass sphere syntactic foams offer lower K-factor insulation, which is critical to maintaining oil flow with longer, more complex pipelines in deeper ocean environments. BASF cast and spray elastomers also improve pipe corrosion and abrasion resistance. For deep water applications, BASF offers a unique glass sphere syntactic foam that is capable of withstanding deep sea ocean pressure and higher oil temperatures while offering very low K-factor.

  • What is a high resilient foam?

    Pluracol® HR polyols by BASF are typically used to produce the most comfortable and durable cushioning for furniture and bedding applications. Pluracol® Graft HR polyols are polyether polyols containing co-polymerized styrene and acrylonitrile, which are filtered to allow for efficient processing through a wide range of equipment. Foams produced from these polyols can be made to pass California Technical Bulletin 117* smoldering and open flame tests.

  • How does polyurethane compare with latex?

    Latex foam is often marketed in the luxury bedding segment as a long lasting, highly resilient, highly comfortable bedding material. But Pluralux foam may be a better choice. Data shows that Pluralux foam exhibits excellent feel and resilience properties while outperforming talalay latex with respect to pressure relief, support, dynamic fatigue, tensile and tear properties. Unlike latex, Pluralux foam can be made to meet the California Technical Bulletin 117* flame and smoldering tests.


    Pluralux foam, made from Pluracol® materials, maintains a high level of performance in "comfort" products. These foams exhibit outstanding resilience, support and durability properties. They absorb and distribute energy to relieve pressure points. Pluralux foam is an excellent material choice in producing mattress cores or padding for the luxury bedding segment.

  • How do you determine the properties and features or slow recovery foam?

    BASF utilizes Dynamic Mechanical Analysis to target the properties and features of Pluracel foam. With this tool, Pluracel foam formulations can be adjusted to move the glass transition temperature, as well as target a specific temperature range for visco-elasticity. In addition, we analyze the height and breadth of the curve as a means of targeting recovery rates and pressure relief qualities.

  • What are the benefits of isocyanate woodbinders?

    Lupranate® isocyanate composites offer strong internal bond and excellent water resistance. Our Lupranate® M20FB binder also gives the producer the option to increase productivity by reducing press cycle times because the binder sets up faster.

  • Are polyurethane elastomers versatile?

    BASF elastomers can be molded to almost any size, shape and texture. This makes them well suited to producing everything from wristwatch straps to molds for simulated stone and outdoor decking to retail store mannequins.

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