Launch of high-performance UV absorber Tinuvin® 1600

Top Quote The solution for demanding transparent outdoor plastic sheets, films and other thin section applications. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 08, 2011 - Tinuvin® 1600 is a novel UV absorber which provides extremely long-lasting UV protection to high-performance thermoplastics. It exhibits an outstanding UV absorption capacity resulting in minimal loss of optical properties for stringent weathering requirements. Very low volatility allows excellent processing characteristics. Tinuvin® 1600 sets a new industry benchmark in ultra-high durability which cannot be achieved with current UV technologies.

    Milestone in UV absorber technology

    Tinuvin® 1600 joins the product line of BASF UV absorbers and represents a major milestone in UV absorber technology. It has been specifically developed for the long-lasting protection of thin layer applications for exterior uses, allowing plastic sheets, films and fibers to retain their mechanical properties, color and transparency for extended periods of time. Tinuvin® 1600 belongs to the class of triazines and exhibits very low volatility, excellent thermal stability and good substrate compatibility in a variety of polymeric resins, which allows very easy processing. It imparts far superior durability that traditional UV absorbers of other chromophore classes cannot achieve. Tinuvin® 1600 is the solution for the most demanding thin-section applications in terms of exposure to UV light and at the same time can improve productivity.

    For outdoor applications with a life expectancy up to 20 years

    Tinuvin® 1600 helps to extend the durability and life expectancy of products under intense exposure to UV light. Its extremely high-performance and light-stable UV-filter lends itself particularly well to long-term outdoor use for up to 20 years.

    Tinuvin® 1600 is recommended for: monolithic and multi-wall PC sheets for ultra-high-durability architectural and automotive glazing applications; biaxially oriented PET films for photovoltaics, window films, displays, protective films and other long-term applications; PMMA laminations for very durable specialty applications like window profiles, photovoltaics and demanding construction applications; PET and PA fibers; SAN, ASA high-performance plastics applications, e.g. in building and construction and automotive applications; o ther extruded or blown thin-film applications requiring extended UV protection.

    About BASF Plastic Additives

    BASF is a leading manufacturer, supplier and innovation partner of additives and pigments for the plastics industry such as ultraviolet (UV) light stabilizers, antioxidants and process stabilizers, organic and inorganic pigments, effect pigments, and other additives.

    About BASF

    BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and agricultural products to oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of about €63.9 billion in 2010 and had approximately 109 ,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet in its Social Media Newsroom at

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