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BASF launches a new series of products for metal injection molding

Basf recently launched two Catamold < products for the metal injection molding industry: Catamold < 17-4PHK and Catamold < 316LK. These two cost-effective stainless steel feeds can help metal injection molding manufacturers to produce metal parts of the same quality and performance at significantly reduced costs.
Thanks to the new formulation, BASF has improved the efficiency of the production process. "We want to deliver this economies of scale to our customers," says Matthias Pfeiffer, Ph.D., who manages Catamold < global operations. "With lower raw material costs, customers will be able to explore new markets and enhance their technological competitiveness."
BASF offers these two new products to global customers and can be used in industrial-scale projects; the BASF team of experts will provide technical support to customers from all regions.
In December 2012, Basf announced a new plant in Guanyin, Taiwan, to produce Catamold < feedstuffs, and will start production in the second half of 2013. In addition to the Technical Services Laboratory in Ludwig, Germany, Basf opened a Catamold < Applied Technology Laboratory in Shanghai a few months ago. "These investments reflect Basf's commitment to promote the development of the metal injection molding industry," said Stefan Koser, vice president of Basf's Metal Systems business.
Catamold < is a ready-to-use raw material for the metal powder injection molding (MIM) and ceramic powder injection molding (CIM) industries. The product mix includes low alloy steel, stainless steel, special alloys and ceramics. Catamold is widely used in many fields, especially in electronics, automobile and consumer goods industries. Thanks to Catamold <, parts with very complex geometries can now be processed on conventional injection molding equipment. It makes metals and ceramics as easy to form as plastics, creating new possibilities for the processing of complex parts; in addition, it has outstanding economic and technical advantages, including: high degree of automation, wide range of shapes, near-net-shape manufacturing, excellent mechanical properties and so on.
About BASF Greater China
The origin of BASF and the Greater China Market can be traced back to 1885, and since then BASF has been a faithful partner of China. BASF is one of the largest foreign investors in China's chemical industry. The main investment projects are located in Nanjing, Shanghai and Chongqing. The BASF Asia-Pacific Innovation Park in Shanghai is the R&D hub of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2012, sales in BASF Greater China were about 6 billion 700 million euros, with a total number of 8435 employees by the end of this year. At the same time, BASF has 21 main wholly-owned subsidiaries and 10 major joint ventures in Greater China. For more information, please login:
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BASF is the world's leading chemical company: TheChemicalCompany. The company's products cover chemicals, plastics, specialty products, crop protection products, as well as crude oil and natural gas. We integrate economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation, we help customers from all walks of life to meet the needs of the current and future society. Our products and systems solutions contribute to the protection of resources, the provision of nutrients, and the improvement of quality of life. Our corporate philosophy outlines such contributions: "Creating new chemicals - the pursuit of a sustainable future." BASF's global sales in 2012 amounted to about 72 billion 100 million euros, and around 110000 by the end of 2012. For more information on Basf, visit or, a social media newsroom.