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July 2017

Strengthening of sales partnership: Biesterfeld distributes BASF polystyrene

Biesterfeld Plastic is further developing its collaboration with long-term partner BASF by now distributing polystyrene in Europe, North Africa and the CIS region.


The well-known polystyrene 158K and the recently commercialized polystyrene 148HQ from the BASF plant in Ludwigshafen, are to be added to the international plastics distributor’s product portfolio.


“We have an expert distribution partner in Biesterfeld. We’re delighted that we have now also been able to agree a strategic cooperation at international level,” said Bartholomäus Stiburski, Sales Management and Marketing Styrene/Polystyrene EMEA, BASF SE.


Martin Umbach, Managing Director of Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH, added, “BASF has been an important partner of ours for around 20 years. These two types of polystyrene, which offer consistently high product quality thanks to the uniform manufacturing process, complement our extensive product portfolio extremely well.”


Polystyrene 158K has versatile applications in numerous industries. Its properties of heat resistance and fast solidification make this food-safe polystyrene (EU Regulation 2016/1416) especially suitable for food applications such as disposable tableware and packaging.


The high transparency of the plastic also enables it to be used as a stretch wrap film. The product type 158K also has growing areas of application in medical equipment and laboratory supplies, for example in the manufacturing of petri dishes, beakers and lab slides.


The insulating properties of polystyrene 148HQ make it especially suitable for the production of XPS insulation boards and impact sound insulation. In addition to applications in building insulation, where high and stable output is required, this polystyrene type is also used to manufacture consumer goods.

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