From biomass to dispersions: For the first time BASF produces binders for interior paints based on the mass balance process

New interior paints combine environmental responsibility with premium quality

  • Replacing fossil raw materials with renewable feedstock at the beginning of the production process
  • Paint producer DAW processes mass-balanced dispersion of BASF sold under the Acronal® brand in new Caparol and Alpina interior paints

For the first time ever BASF is producing dispersions for interior paints based on the mass balance approach. To manufacture the binders of the Acronal® brand, the company replaces one hundred percent of the fossil resources used at the beginning of the production process with renewable raw materials. The paint producer DAW from Ober-Ramstadt (in Hesse, Germany) is already using one of these dispersions for its premium paints.

Biomass instead of fossil raw materials in the mass balance process

Already during the production of the basic products for the dispersions, biomass is used as feedstock. With the help of the mass balance process, which has been jointly developed by BASF and TÜV SÜD technical inspection board, the biomass share is then allocated to the dispersions according to their respective recipes. In terms of formulation and quality, the mass-balanced products are identical with their fossil counterparts.

“Since these dispersions are based on the use of sustainably certified renewable raw materials in the production process, they help save fossil resources and reduce greenhouse emissions. That way, we at BASF can help our customers develop interior paints that combine environmental responsibility with uncompromising premium quality,” explains Robert Heger, Vice President, in charge of the dispersions business of BASF for construction and architectural coatings in Europe.

Interior paints based on mass-balanced dispersion close a gap in the market

“A skillful painter and decorator needs environmentally friendly products that are easy to process, keep for a long time and are affordable,” says Wolfgang Hoffmann, Head of Caparol Product Management at DAW. “By offering new paints that are based on the mass-balanced dispersion we are breaking new ground and are closing a gap in the market.”

DAW, a European market leader in the field of architectural coatings, uses the dispersion for the production of premium-quality interior paints that are marketed under the brand names Caparol and Alpina. As of March, these interior paints are sold in the stores.


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About BASF‘s Dispersions & Pigments division

The Dispersions & Pigments division of BASF develops, produces and markets a range of high-quality pigments, resins, additives and polymer dispersions worldwide. These raw materials are used in formulations for coatings and paints, printing and packaging products, construction chemicals, adhesives, fiber bondings, plastics, paper as well as for electronic applications such as displays. With its comprehensive product portfolio and its extensive knowledge of the industry, the Dispersions & Pigments division offers its customers innovative and sustainable solutions and helps them advance their formulations. For further information about the Dispersions & Pigments division, please visit

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN).


BASF, press release, 2016-03-17.


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