Kuala Lumpur – BASF's Elastopir (PH1132) is being used as the insulating element in new cold storage facilities for coronavirus vaccines made by United Panel System.
Insulated panels made with BASF PIR find home in Malaysia
'Vaccines need to be preserved at super-cold temperatures ranging from –70°C to +8°C. The reliability of cold storage is extra important,' said Bee Loh from United Panel System. The cold storage products are being used in Malaysia, which has approved the Pfizer vaccine.
The company chose BASF's system because the material can produce storage with stable temperatures. BASF's experience in systems for commercial refrigeration systems also helped, the decision, United Panel System added.
United Panel System was founded in Johor, South Malaysia in 1978, and had made PU, PIR and PS insulated panels for walk-in cold rooms since that time. The company claims it has the only continuous PIR line in the ASEAN region that produces PIR panels. It also claims to be the first company to make a 250mm thick PIR insulated panel in the world.
Andy Postlethwaite, BASF’s SVP for performance materials in Asia Pacific, said: '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.' BASF added that the system was designed around n-Pentane.