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Performance Polymers

Elastocool® (PU)

Ingeniously flexible and modular

Elastocool® is a pentane-based polyurethane rigid foam system for insulating refrigerators and freezers. Elastocool® offers maximum productivity coupled with extremely low material consumption and delivers improved energy efficiency.



Friendlier to the environment and your manufacturing processes

With energy costs soaring; customers demanding more energy efficient appliances and innovations; new environmental and energy regulations on the horizon; and global competition at an all-time high, refrigerator manufacturers face a significant challenge - improve performance and competitiveness while developing new designs.

Whether it's a side-by-side in the kitchen, top- or bottom-mounted in the garage, or a 3-door refrigerator in the basement, polyurethane rigid foam systems from BASF have been developed to meet a wide variety of new design demands, while providing outstanding insulation and sealing solutions.

By allowing much of the development work to be done in our fully-equipped appliance lab, instead of on your production line, we can help you bring new technologies to market faster and more cost-effectively.


Polyurethanes - An ice-cold hot love!

Salmon from the Norwegian Sea, steaks from Argentina or fruit from South Africa – everything that is of good quality , in high demand and perishable needs ways and means to reach the consumer in the freshest possible condition.

In practical terms this means refrigeration solutions for supermarkets and professional use have to ensure that the very vital deep-freeze temperature is maintained at all times.

Our Elastopor H zero ODP and low GWP PU systems significantly contribute to achieve these conditions whilst helping to reduce energy consumption and hence actively contributing towards climate protection.


Comfortable Warmth, Cleverly Wrapped!

Nobody wants to lose anything precious! Such as energy! The ideal heat retainer: Elastopor H, BASF’s highly efficient insulation material.

Our motto: efficient heat retention through optimum material usage.

Elastopor H is the preferred polyurethane rigid foam system for the production of storage heater insulation across Europe.

Low GWP rigid foam systems, using water as the blowing agent, have been well established in this industry for many years now. These special formulas make it possible to perform direct foaming in metal jackets or foam moulding for in situ production of elements for retro insulation of hot water tanks at the construction site.

As a leading supplier in the UK, BASF offers the full range of low-pressure injected or sprayed PU systems for all sizes of boiler / heating systems.

The fast insulation solution for fridges and freezers

Elastocool® F 2030

The fast insulation solution for fridges and freezers

Elastocool® F 2030 is the new high-performance PU insulation foam from BASF for the refrigeration industry. This pentane-blown system offers maximum productivity combined with low material consumption and improved energy efficiency. This cutting-edge insulation technology has been developed using a completely re-engineered raw material set and facilitates a robust foaming process.


Fast demolding is the key word for high productivity

A polyurethane rigid foam is the solution of choice when it comes to insulation of refrigerators and freezers, as these materials offer the highest level of thermal insulating properties. The demand for fast demolding has increased in importance in order to be able to save energy and to enhance productivity. The BASF R&D-Verbund consequently focused on this as one of the key features for the new generation of Elastocool®. Elastocool® F 2030 boosts the capacity of foaming lines and adds flexibility to the production process. Additionally, the mechanical properties have been significantly improved, enabling a lower overall material consumption.

Product properties and benefits at a glance

  • Significantly reduced post expansion leads to faster demold cycles
  • Capacity increase of existing foaming equipment without investment
  • Improved energy efficiency derived from better thermal insulation properties and potential increase of wall thickness without compromise in productivity
  • Lower material consumption due to high structural stability
  • Excellent surface quality
  • Improved sustainability according to life cycle assessment

Applications for Elastocool® F 2030

  • Domestic fridges and freezers 
  • Commercial appliances
  • Refrigerated display- and service cabinets
  • Vending machines for chilled goods
  • Cooler boxes

3-component dosing technology

Elastocool® iQ

Leaving the beaten path: three components offer new possibilities

The 2-component system is supplemented by another, individually selectable component to improve critical properties. BASF offers targeted performance tailored to the customer with Elastocool® iQ. 3 components instead of 2 lead to an intelligent tailor-made product that meets your highest requirements. Elastocool® iQ system offers a maximum flexibility in an optimized production, adjustable lambda and full cost control through customized use of HFO.


  • Flexibility in production
  • Adjustable lambda
  • Full cost control by tailored use of HFO

Further on-demand options for 3C processing:

  • Faster demolding
  • Improved surface quality
  • Enhanced flowability

Processing of Elastocool 

The following methods can be used for the processing of Elastocool

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