BASF will be participating at the Techtextil 2007 in Frankfurt from 12- 14 Jun 2007. Innovative ideas shaped into actual solutions for technical textiles will be shown. One of the highlights will be the self-cleaning technical textiles. When treated with Mincor TX TT, instead of sticking to the surface, a drop of honey will contract to form a blob and will pearl off, or can be washed off with a sprinkle of water. Mincor TX TT is a finishing system based on nanotechnology that provides better cleaning for technical textiles.
Nanoparticles are firmly embedded in a binder producing a highly structured surface. In combination with fluorocarbon-based auxiliaries, dirt particles are rinsed off more easily with water. Another innovation is electro conductive textiles (E-Textile). Textiles can be metallized by means of coating, or they can be printed with different patterns to give them the electrical characteristics requested. BASF has also developed a superabsorbent fleece material, Luquafleece, suitable for passive moisture management. Not only does it absorb a large amount of aqueous solutions, it can also absorb and release aqueous vapours based on a reversible moisture binding system. Luquafleece can be applied in a broad range of industrial applications where fluid management or climatic comfort is important.