Omya and BASF have decided to extend their existing partnership in the pilot coating center for paper and paperboard.
Omya provides calcium carbonate-based mineral filler solutions and innovative coating concepts, as well as complementary pigments and additives for the production of paper and cardboard.
BASF provides a comprehensive and innovative series of adhesives and coating additives for the formulation of paper and paperboard coatings .
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In 2003, the two companies decided to join forces to link their technologies in the field of paper and cardboard coatings.
The core of the partnership is BASF’s pilot coating center in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which provides the most advanced pilot coating equipment-including 2 pilot coaters, 1 super calender and laboratory Test equipment-operated by a highly skilled team.
The existing partnership will expire at the end of 2021.
Omya and BASF are now happy to announce that their existing partnership will be extended for at least four years.
Their customers will continue to benefit from the world-class technical services and coating expertise of these two market leaders.
"The pilot coating center facilitates the effective transfer of technical solutions, new product development, and optimized formulations from the laboratory to the paper mill, while reducing risks.
In today’s challenging era of increasing competition and cost pressures, this More important.
Shortening time to market and reducing non-standard production help our customers save costs.
" said Volker Scharffenberger, head of BASF's Ludwigshafen Pilot Coating Center.
Karlheinz Hurst, Director of Technical Services at Omya International AG, said: "In the past two years, we have seen other market players reduce their services to the industry.
For example, PTS closed its VESTRA trial in Munich in 2019.
The cloth factory, Trinseo then closed its pilot coating plant in Samstagern in 2020.
Our strategy is different.
We fully support our customers to develop customized coating color solutions in the most effective and economical way.
This is why we decided to continue to use BASF’s pilot coating center in the future.
The discussion with BASF was straightforward because the two companies follow the same market approach.
Both companies are looking for the best overall value proposition and are very concerned Technical services and coating expertise as a differentiating factor.
Thomas Schiele, Vice President of Dispersants for BASF's Adhesives, Fiber Bonding and Paper Coating Business, said: "The European paper coating market is undergoing tremendous changes.
On the one hand, we are seeing a significant decline in the demand for coated construction papers because The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating.
On the other hand, the market demand for packaging paper and paperboard is rising.
Finally, only the most suitable paper mills can survive and benefit from changes.
An important part of the solution is The color formula of the paint, and this is what our pilot paint center can support.
"We invest millions of Euros every year to maintain and improve our equipment.
This represents our long-term commitment to the paper and cardboard industry and our technological advantages in such a challenging market.
At this stage, we can Simulate almost all common application methods in our state-of-the-art facility, including our curtain coater.
Air knife applications are even possible on our second smaller coater," Schiele added.
"For Omya, entering BASF’s test coating center is an important asset for the development of innovative paper and cardboard packaging solutions and their proof of concept.
To date, we have launched several concept packaging, such as recyclable barrier coatings.
, To reduce the demand for plastic packaging; or to provide cardboard and box board manufacturers with a customizable concept coating to overcome the shortcomings of white fiber and improve printing performance.
We welcome all interested customers to use the proof of concept provided by Omya , Verified at BASF’s test coating center.
Omya International AG's paper and paperboard vice president Bernd Balzereit said: "Only with a strong and determined partner can we master the challenges of the future.
In addition to continuing cooperation, the two companies will continue to independently sell their paper industry products and services.
The existing business relationships between BASF and Omya and their respective customers will remain unchanged.
BASF also provides interested third parties with the possibility to benefit from its excellent technical infrastructure, which can simulate and optimize customers' processes from paper coating to printing.