• Lumina™ Royal Blue pigments for ultimate color intensity
  • Plantaquat® NC for hair conditioners protects against breakage and reduces splitting
  • Kollicoat® Smartseal 30 D tablet coatings allow for easier ingestion and protect against moisture
  • New paper qualities for flexible packaging
  • Emgard® drive axle lubricants: better fuel efficiency and increased protection from wear and tear

Methanesulfonic acid

The readily biodegradable alternative to conventional acids

Value for BASF




Yearly increase in sales volumes

since 2003

Value for the environment




Value for BASF

Marketed under the brand names Lutropur® MSA and Lutropur® M, BASF produces methanesulfonic acid using a proprietary and patented process. The innovative technology and high product quality allow for numerous new applications. Since its introduction, we have raised sales volumes of methanesulfonic acid by an average of 55% per year.

Value for the environment

Methanesulfonic acid is not only colorless and odorless, it is also 100% biodegradable. According to OECD criteria, it is also considered “readily biodegradable,” since significantly more than 70% of the substance degrades within ten days. Methanesulfonic acid occurs in nature as a part of the natural sulfur cycle. Its unique set of properties makes it possible to modify established industrial processes or to replace less environmentally friendly acids.

We fulfill the varying design requirements of our customers with our unique portfolio of high-quality color and effect pigments for the coatings industry. LuminaTM Royal Blue is the first in a new family of pigments based on a mica substrate and offering the ultimate color intensity and brilliance with its optimized form and particle distribution. In addition to new design options, LuminaTM Royal Blue allows our customers greater flexibility in their formulations.

With Plantaquat® NC, we have developed a new solution for hair conditioning products in the dynamic market for natural cosmetics. Plantaquat® NC is a balanced combination of emulsifiers, stabilizers and conditioning agents, effectively protecting hair from breakage, reducing split ends and providing exceptional sensory properties. The product consists entirely of renewable and biodegradable raw materials.

Kollicoat® Smartseal 30 D tablet coatings mask unpleasant-tasting ingredients under a protective layer, making medications easier to take. At the same time, the water-repellant polymer film effectively guards the tablet’s contents against moisture. Medications not only retain a longer shelf life, they can also be stored more easily. As opposed to products treated with solvents, Kollicoat® Smartseal 30 D is a water-based solution, thus making a contribution to the reduction of emissions.

In collaboration with the paper manufacturer Sappi, we have developed new paper qualities for flexible packaging. A polymer dispersion-based layer keeps mineral oil and other undesirable substances from migrating from recycled-paper packaging into food. This makes the new types of paper suitable for applications such as packaging for sweets, tea and other dried foods. In addition, we offer extrusion polymers such as Ultramid® and ecovio® as migration barriers. The German Packaging Award 2013 was granted to the Belgian company Van Genechten for its folding carton with Ultramid® as a mineral oil barrier.

Compared with conventional mineral oil-based lubricants, Emgard® drive axle lubricants extend drain intervals, enhance fuel efficiency and provide better protection against wear and tear. The secret is in this lubricant’s high viscosity index: Its viscosity remains constant over a broad temperature spectrum. Emgard® drive axle lubricants are formulated with antiwear additives as well as oxidation and corrosion inhibitors that ensure protection of gears and bearings under a wide range of load conditions.