Global chemical provider BASF will continue to expand its newly established Center for Sustainable Paper Packaging and includes French start-up venture BT3 as part of its plans.
BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, announced January 23 that it is implementing a series of measures in its paper chemicals business to further strengthen the competitiveness of its Performance Products segment.
It was interesting to me that in one of the three sections, Expansion of Center for Sustainable Paper Packaging, the chemical giant noted its association with start-up venture BT3 technologies S.A.S.
The company's technology was the focus of a Packaging Digest Tech Report last June.
According to the release, while optimizing efficiency in its traditional paper chemicals business, BASF will continue to expand its newly established Center for Sustainable Paper Packaging. “We aim to grow our new business line of sustainable solutions for packaging manufacturers. In this area, licensing of intellectual property, development partnerships and smaller acquisitions are possible,” said Dr. Uwe Liebelt, president of the Paper Chemicals division. Recently, BASF signed an agreement with the French company BT3 technologies S.A.S. to evaluate the joint development of an alternative to wax in corrugated packaging board in order to facilitate recycling.
“Altogether these measures will position the paper chemicals business to be more responsive to market and customer needs while showing significantly improved profitability. These steps reinforce BASF’s commitment to the paper industry,” continued Liebelt.
Loïc Tron, directeur général/CEO of BT3, provides this comment to Packaging Digest: “BASF is clearly targeted on green chemistry and wants to work with us to develop worldwide our portfolio of applications, especially as an efficient and competitive green alternative to wax for corrugated cardboard.”
To read the Tech Report, see ‘Chromatografting’ imparts barrier to paper
To read the release at the BASF website, click here.
Sources: BASF, BT3 technologies