BASF has announced the development and launch of a new range of drop-in additives based on bio-attributed raw materials according to a certified biomass balance approach. The initial products in the new range are the antioxidants Irganox 1010 BMBcert and Irganox 1076 BMBcert, both of which have been certified by TÜV Nord according to ISCC Plus. The new additives are a part of the Valeras portfolio, the brand under which BASF has combined its sustainable plastic additives solutions.
The BMBcert offerings, where BMB stands for biomass balance, help reduce the use of fossil-based feedstock by substituting this by ISCC certified bio-based feedstock in the cracker. A corresponding amount is then attributed to the product according to a mass balance approach, reducing the product’s cradle-to-gate carbon footprint by up to 60 percent, compared to the global average product carbon footprint of conventional grades.
As drop-in replacements for Irganox 1010 and Irganox 1076, the products in the BMBcert range are identical to the conventional grades in performance, quality, and product stewardship and regulatory aspects. As a result, customers do not need to requalify the new additives or reformulate their products.
“By leveraging BASF’s highly integrated global production network of interconnected sites and plants, we are able to produce these industry-first, low carbon footprint, drop-in solutions with the same performance characteristics,” said Joerg Bentlage, head of global product management, Plastic Additives, BASF.
Irganox 1010 BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert will initially be produced at BASF’s site in Kaisten, Switzerland, with additional availability of Irganox 1010 FF BMBcert and Irganox 1076 FD BMBcert from McIntosh, USA in early 2024.