BASF is to build a new plant to produce Basotect foam at its Schwarzheide site in eastern Germany. The plant, which will have an annual capacity of 170,000 cubic metres, will take 18 months to build. ” Basotect will further strengthen Schwarzheide’s position as a plastics production site. In addition, the plant will offer outside companies new opportunities to set up foaming-processing facilities on our site as part of our initiative to attract investment and create jobs”, said Dr Albert Heuser, managing director of BASF Schwarzheide GmbH. Basotect is a flexible open-cell foam made from melamine, an aminoplastic thermosetting resin. The foam’s special chemical and physical structure gives excellent sound absorption, good heat resistance, flame retardance, very good flexibility and ease of processing. Major uses of Basotect include sound deadening and heat shields in automotive manufacturing, acoustic ceiling and wall panels in the construction industry, pipe insulation, and acoustic and thermal isolation in the aerospace industry.