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BASF Introduces Poles for Telcos and Power Producers
Updated: 2018-09-21 12:42 Source: businessmirror share:

Germany-based BASF recently said it plans to work with small and independent power producers and telecommunications providers in the Philippines for their pole requirements.

The company said it is promoting the Boldur poles in the country, as it is one of the most heavily exposed places to typhoons and other natural disasters.

Ronald Mercado, managing director of BASF Philippines said it high time for the country to have a proactive approach in managing disasters.

“The Philippines gets an average of 19 typhoons a year. Boldur’s superior strength can improve the resilience of power distribution infrastructure during and after extreme weather conditions. This helps build local communities’ readiness in facing the effects of global climate change,” he said in a press statement.

“During natural calamities, such as typhoons, the lack of electricity puts further stress on affected communities. Traditional concrete, steel and wooden poles often topple after being buffeted by typhoon winds,” said Greg Hosford, senior manager for Performance Materials, Construction, BASF.

Globally, the Philippines is one of the countries most exposed to tropical storms, with typhoons being most active from the months of June through September. Boldur utility poles can mitigate the effects of tropical cyclones in affected communities by ensuring continuous delivery of electricity.

Mercado said the plan to introduce new innovations led to the development of Boldur. “There was a demand in the market for poles that are not as cumbersome as traditional concrete poles and do not crack as easily or corrode under harsh weather conditions,” he said.

BASF’s Research & Development teams went to work, tapping into our vast accumulated experience in the compounding of glass fiber and polyurethane material. Coupling with our unique filament winding technology, BASF was able to develop low-cost, lightweight, strong composite materials, giving Boldur utility poles their robustness and durability.

The company said Boldur utility poles are robust and lightweight at less than 1one-fourth the weight of conventional concrete poles, weighing just 250kilograms. It also pointed out installing the poles require little manpower and lifting equipment and can be installed in difficult terrain, cutting through remote mountainous and through swampy areas. “Initially, we are mainly working with small and independent power producers and telecommunications providers in the Philippines to identify key needs,” the company explained.

Compared to conventional concrete utility poles, Mercado Boldur poles are twice as wind resistant, enabling them to stand firm in strong wind and heavy snow, as well as in other natural disasters. Boldur  poles are approximately one-fourth of the weight of traditional poles, making them simpler and faster to install even in remote areas.

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