Since the product’s first presentation at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the pilot plant and at K 2013, the new insulating material has generated huge interest. “We have talked a great deal to companies of the construction and refrigerator industries who have been a tremendous help in the on-going optimization of the product’s properties,” said Dr. Nils Mohmeyer, New Market Development. “These early and direct consultations have also given us a better understanding of the requirements of the insulation market as a whole,” Mohmeyer adds. BASF can thus offer a product that is tailored directly to the needs of target groups while also being energy-efficient. SLENTITE offers an ideal combination of low thermal conductivity and an open porous structure, thus offering excellent insulation values as well as a good room climate.
The next step will be the full-scale commissioning of the pilot plant in Lemförde at the beginning of 2015. With the first sample quantities, innovative projects can be jointly realized with selected partners from industry and architecture. “Our new product has successfully accomplished the transition from the laboratory to the outside world,” said Dr. Friedhelm Lehrich, Vice President Business Management Construction. “The future of building construction faces many challenges. With such an innovative product as SLENTITE, we want to help to solve some of these problems by piloting novel applications with our project partners and successfully launching them on the market.”