BASF has inked an agreement with Lactips that authorizes it to market Lactips’ water-soluble bio-based and fully biodegradable material. The contract is in keeping with BASF’s long-standing goal to employ sustainable solutions to execute growth in the business. BASF and Lactips will contribute their respective knowhow to deliver the innovative product to various sectors, including home care and industrial and institutional (I&I). Robert Parker, Director, New Business Development at Care Chemicals, BASF says that sustainability is an essential component of their operations and Lactips’ technology for films for dishwasher tabs facilitate their profile consisting of sustainable solutions. Parker also says that the deal with Lactips will enable them to offer a wide range of biodegradable products for the home care industry.
Lactips is a recently established France-based company engaged in the biodegradable plastics and the development of film material solutions for casein obtained from an excess of milk protein production. These solutions are aimed at providing an alternative for polyvinyl alcohol films in home care and I&I applications like in dishwasher tabs. The agreement with BASF will incorporate BASF’s expertise in network and supply chain for positioning it in the market. Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, CEO, Lactips commented that the deal between the two corporations would give Lactips access to BASF’s robust network and they will also benefit from BASF’s experience and the recent developments in the home care industry.
Recently, BASF launched a new fungicide for farmers in Thailand. Seltima is an innovative fungicide that facilitates the efficient production of high-quality rice. The fungicide belongs to BASF’s AgCelence brand, its premium product profile that gives benefits going beyond crop protection. Seltima’s unique encapsulation technology allows a controlled release of its potent active ingredient directly onto the surface of the plant leaf. This provides the farmers with the means to prevent rice blast disease and improve plant health without compromising the health of the aquatic environment.