BASF commissions new plant for oxidized polyethylene waxes at Ludwigshafen site
A new plant for the manufacture of oxidized polyethylene waxes went into operation at the BASF site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The plant manufactures high quality oxidized waxes according to BASF’s own process. The new plant will improve the availability on oxidized polyethylene waxes now and in the future, for instance in plastics processing. The new plant fits perfectly into the integrated supply network for raw materials and energy at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site. The low-density polyethylene wax that forms the basis of the oxidized waxes comes directly from the site’s own polymerization plants. Waxes in the form of powder, fine powder, granules and pastilles are marketed under the Luwax® brand, and liquid emulsions are available under the Poligen® trademark. Oxidized polyethylene waxes are used as lubricants in the processing of plastics such as polyvinylchloride to prevent the plastic from sticking to the hot surfaces in the machinery, which saves energy and enhances the material properties of products such as PVC pipes and profiles. Oxidized polyethylene waxes can also be emulsified in water. Wax emulsions are applied as finishes to textiles in order to obtain a smoother surface in order to make them easier to sew and to make them more resistant to linting and pilling.