GERMANY – Germany-based chemical company BASF has partnered with Japanese coating manufacturer Nippon Paint to introduce sustainable industrial packaging in China.

The packaging material is launched for Nippon Paint’s dry mortar products using BASF’s water-based acrylic dispersion Joncryl High-Performance Barrier (HPB) as the barrier material.

In addition to offering ‘excellent’ vapour and water resistance properties, Joncryl HPB eliminates plastics and improves the recyclability of paper-based packaging in the industrial segment.

The use of Joncryl HPB material will enable Nippon Paint to save thousands of tonnes of plastics while reusing around 10,000t of paper bags a year.

The construction materials packaging is made using water-based Joncryl HPB dispersions to replace plastics with paper in the industrial packaging sector

BASF said that this will reduce carbon emissions and help achieve a circular economy and sustainable development within the packaging industry.

“Sustainability and innovation have always been our core strategies,” said Carol Jiang, Business Management Director, Resins for Printing & Packaging, BASF in the Asia Pacific.

“At BASF, we are committed to providing sustainable solutions to our customers to help them reduce carbon footprint, utilize resources efficiently, and help the industry fulfill its sustainability commitments.

“This cooperation with Nippon Paint is another innovation in the industrial packaging segment, marking our joint effort in leading the industry development, promoting a circular economy, and creating a better life.”

On his part,  Kevin By, President of Procurement Headquarters, Nippon Paint China said: “Sustainability is an important strategy that Nippon Paint has been adhering to for years. The cooperation with BASF is a step forward on the path of green development.

“Nippon Paint will continuously be a green ‘activist,’ connecting upstream and downstream partners across the industry chain to build a green ecology through the eco-upgrade of product packaging and lead the new trend of sustainable packaging to green development a core competency.”

Since its entrance in China market in 1992, Nippon Paint is committed to being a market with integrated coating solutions.

Earlier this month, the company launched a long-term R&D project aimed at developing a new antifouling paint that would eliminate the release of microplastics from ocean-going ships while increasing fuel efficiency by more than 8%.

Antifouling paint prevents barnacles and other marine life from growing on the bottom of ships below the water line, reducing their speed and damaging the hull.

Products currently in use gradually dissolve into the water, releasing resins categorized as micro-plastics.

The Japanese paint and paint products manufacturer hopes to start testing the new paint on ships in 2028 and introduce it to the market in 2030.

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