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BASF’s Innovative Light Stabilizers Make Translucent Safety Helmets More Safe & Durable

Published on 2018-03-07. Author : SpecialChem

BASF light stabilizers provide long-lasting protection to translucent safety helmets against strong UV radiation thereby, extending the life of the polymer compound and providing peace of mind to workers
BASF light stabilizers provide long-lasting protection to
translucent safety helmets against strong UV radiation thereby,
extending the life of the polymer compound and providing
peace of mind to workers
Martogg Group of Companies has supported its customer, Sureguard Safety Australia, in the development of a revolutionary, translucent safety helmet – with light stabilizers from BASF playing a crucial role.

Extending Life of Polymer


Designed to be translucent with a see-through peak, this safety helmet provides wearers with improved visibility compared with a traditional hard-shell protective helmet, and can offer long-lasting protection, due to its practical design features and BASF’s innovative light stabilizers.

Hermann Althoff, BASF’s Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals Asia Pacific, said:
“Personal protective equipment is fundamental to reducing workplace injuries and fatalities. With BASF light stabilizers, these translucent helmets provide long-lasting protection against strong UV radiation, extending the life of the polymer compound.”

Key Features of BASF’ Light Stabilizers


Plastic compounds used in safety gear need to be strong and durable enough to meet strict regulations. Exposure to sunlight, and some artificial lights, can have adverse effects on the life of plastic products. In particular, ultraviolet light can initiate chemical reactions in polymers which result in discoloration and the breakdown of chemical bonds and loss of physical properties.
  • BASF’s range of light stabilizers include UV absorbers that act by shielding the polymer from ultraviolet light, and Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS) that act by removing the radical intermediates formed in the photo-oxidation process. 
  • In addition, BASF’s light stabilizers improve manufacturing productivity with more efficient continuous production, offering high chemical resistance and wide product stewardship compliance.

See-through Peak


The helmet’s see-through peak allows the wearers to look upwards without the need to tilt the head back, which causes discomfort in the neck over a prolonged period of time. The helmet can be worn in the proper, safe way without discomfort.

Mr. Craig Riley, National Sales Manager, Martogg Group, said:
“We worked with BASF to develop a plastic compound for our customer, Sureguard Safety Australia. The Clearview helmet’s modern design is an improvement on the traditional hard shell protective helmet, offering wearers maximum peripheral vision. It is manufactured from a high impact polycarbonate material that gives it light weight but extra strong properties. This product will appeal to industries where safety in the workplace and the comfort of the workforce are paramount.”

The finished product, the Clearview helmet, is available in a wide range of attractive, translucent colors.

BASF's Light Stabilizers




Source: BASF
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