PIB Versatile polymer with unique properties

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Caldic and BASF, Partners in PIB

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BASF has appointed Caldic Belgium as distributor of their complete range of polyisobutenes

Polyisobutene (PIB) is a versatile polymer with a unique combination of properties and features.

BASF is the global leader in PIB with over 70 years of experience in the manufacturing of PIB and in the understanding of its properties. The vast BASF PIB product family is suited to enhance manufacturing processes and product effectiveness in a wide range of different applications. PIB is core business for BASF, secure supply is guaranteed.


GLISSOPA® is the BASF brandname for the low molecular PIB (LM PIB)

Contrary to conventional LM PIB’s, Glissopal® are polyisobutenes produced from 100% pure isobutene. They are very homogeneous polymers of high and consistent quality, with a narrow molar distribution and chemically stable against oxidation. Due to their unique production process and properties, Glissopal® can be used in a wide range of applications such as 

  • Lube oils and greases
  • Adhesives and sealants
  • Electric insulation materials
  • Asphalt modification

Moreover, Glissopal® LM PIB grades contain a high portion of terminal double bonds which introduces greater reactivity and selectivity in chemical reactions so that they are a prime grade raw material for the synthesis of fuel and oil additives.

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OPPANOL® is the BASF brandname for the middle and high molecular PIB (MM & HM PIB)

BASF can offer the broadest range of MM & HM PIB, Oppanol® grades are available with a molecular weight from 30.000 up to 6.000.000.

Key properties of Oppanol® are 

  • Water vapor and gas barrier
  • No skin irritation and food approved
  • Good adhesion to a wide variety of surfaces
  • Flexibility at extreme low temperatures
  • Electrical insulation
  • Color- and odourless
  • High filler loadings do not affect properties

Due to these properties and it’s unique production process, OPPANOL® can be used in a wide range of application areas 

  • Building & Construction : Insulating glass, Sealants, Adhesives, Roofing membranes, Anti Corrosion, Coatings,…
  • Automotive : Protective foils, Acoustic dampening,…
  • Food-related : Food packaging, Gum base,…

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From the facilities in Hemiksem, near Antwerp, Caldic Belgium can supply the BASF PIB products to customers throughout Europe and beyond.

The BASF LM PIB material GLISSOPAL® is standard available in bulk. The same material is also available in drums under the brandname CALDIC PIB®. The drumming of Caldic PIB® is done on site. Caldic can also offer LM PIB in customer specific packaging material and net weight.

The BASF MM & HM PIB material OPPANOL® is standard available in 20 kg net weight bags or cartons.

Caldic Belgium is the first choice for all your PIB inquiries : documentation, data sheets, regulatory information, samples, price quotations, technical advice, logistic services, repacking services, …

The dedicated Caldic Belgium PIB team will gladly assist you, feel free to contact us