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Polymers unlock wide-ranging potential for construction industry


Leverkusen / Dubai, November 2007 – Staged annually in Dubai, BIG 5 is the most important trade fair for the construction industry in the Middle East. As an international development partner for architects and engineers, Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) will be exhibiting in Dubai on Stand O13 in the German Pavilion from November 25 to 29, 2007. On show will be the entire range of services BMS has to offer – from designing an application to delivering the necessary raw materials. Stephan Rosenthal, Managing Director of Bayer Middle East, and Dr. Marc Schuetze, head of Business Development BaySystems Pearl and the man in charge of the BMS stand at BIG 5, see the fair as the ideal platform for discussing current material trends and design opportunities face to face with design engineers from all sectors of industry. “We have taken part in the fair before, through the BaySystems Pearl joint venture. The Middle East market is currently the fastest-growing construction market in the world. Raw materials and insulation products from Bayer MaterialScience are also ideally suited to the local climate.”

Materials for climate protection

The Bayer Group attaches great importance to climate protection. For example, rigid polyurethane foams from Bayer MaterialScience – used for a range of applications including building insulation – can help to significantly cut energy consumption and emissions. Another example is the new Bomatherm® solar air collector roof insulation system from Puren GmbH. It is fitted instead of roofing tiles and performs five functions at once, acting as a vapor barrier, insulator, rainproof roof substructure, cladding and solar collector. The system also delivers outstanding energy efficiency. Cold air flows into the multiwall sheets made of Makrolon® at the eaves, rises upwards, warms up, and is collected at the roof ridge. The warm air can be used for room heating or for heating domestic water by means of a heat exchanger, or it can be fed into a heat pump or a geothermal energy store. Insulation based on rigid polyurethane foam also prevents thermal bridges and ensures that only a minimal amount of heat energy is lost through the roof.

Middle East markets have become increasingly important to Bayer MaterialScience over recent years – a development that is reflected in the recent establishment of a BMS Innovation Center in Dubai. This facility is the first development center for high-quality polymer materials in the region to have access to a wide range of options for technical service, the development of new applications, and training for customers and employees.

Continuous development ensures reliability

Bayblend®, a plastic blend made primarily from the polycarbonate Makrolon® and the acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (PC+ABS), continues to offer enormous potential. And newly developed Bayer MaterialScience products are taking the 30-year-old success story of Bayblend® even further, with bromine-, chlorine- and antimony-free flame-retardant FR grades setting new standards in the electrical and electronics industries. For example, cable conduits extruded from Bayblend® FR 3030 meet fire retardance standards DIN EN 50085-1 and DIN VDE 0604-1 and are halogen free in line with DIN VDE 0472-815. However, bromine- and chlorine-free flame retardant plastics are not just important in Europe; they are also gaining worldwide significance as the requirements defined in the relevant European guidelines are increasingly adopted at an international level. For example, there are now similar guidelines in China, Korea and some U.S. states.

Comprehensive cross-section

The applications described above reflect just a small selection of the wide range of products that the Polyurethanes and Polycarbonates Business Units are exhibiting in Dubai. The Thermoplastic Polyurethanes Business Unit will also be presenting a low-melting TPU for coating conveyor belts. While the Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants Business Unit is demonstrating a two-layer system, the topcoat of which is based on polyaspartic bonding agents from Bayer MaterialScience. This system cuts the application and drying times for entire structures in steel construction plants to 6 to 8 hours.

About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2006 sales of EUR 10.2 billion (continuing operations), Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Bayer MaterialScience has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 14,900 people at the end of 2006. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

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