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BASF’s PU rigid foam used in insulated panels for vaccine storage facilities
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:08.Jun.2021

United Panel-System M Sdn. Bhd, (UR), Malaysia’s leading insulated panel, commercial and industrial refrigeration systems producer, manufactures COVID-19 vaccine logistics facilities with BASF’s Elastopir PH 1132/509/0, a high-quality polyurethane rigid foam insulation solution.


According to UR, as vaccines need to be preserved in super cold temperatures ranging from minus 70°C to plus 8°C to maintain their potency, the reliability of cold storages is very important.


“Thanks to BASF’s Elastopir solutions, which provides extra-high temperature stability for the interiors, coupled with United Panel’s sound technological expertise for commercial refrigeration systems, we are able to produce high-quality COVID-19 vaccine storage facilities for our customers across Asia,” said Dato Sri Dr.Bee Loh, UR.


Storage facilities ensure vaccines are maintained in constant and reliable conditions, at temperatures as low as minus 70°C.

Elastopir PH 1132/509/0 is a n-pentane-blown foam, with a low global warming and ozone depletion potential. Additionally, the solution aids lower energy consumption, increasing the facilities’ energy efficiency, an important consideration in many parts of Asia where electricity supply is hard to come by.


“It is heartening to know that BASF’s Elastopir solution is playing a part to support the COVID-19 vaccination programs in different locations,” stated Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF. “Our collaboration with United Panel once again demonstrates our spirit to “go beyond,” as we work together to produce the highest quality panels for the vaccine storage facilities.”


Elastopir has superior fire performance, which enhances the protection of these facilities against fires. It was also recently used to produce mobile medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities by Rinac India Limited to support India’s urgent need for more hospital beds during the pandemic.



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