Bayer MaterialScience's Ultraviolet-Cure Resins for Waterborne Coatings

Timing is everything: UV-cure resins reduce downtime

Pittsburgh, February 24, 2009 -- Bayer MaterialScience LLC's one-component waterborne ultraviolet (UV) resins, including Bayhydrol® UV resin, enable polyurethane coatings for floors that utilize the fastest cure technology for on-site flooring applications.

"This coating is designed for applications where downtime must be kept to a minimum, such as hospital operating room floors or commercial kitchens," said Ed Squiller, director of business development, Corrosion and Construction Coatings, NAFTA, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "As an added benefit, the one-component technology eliminates mistakes that can be made during the mixing process, which is required with two-component coatings."

Applying UV-cured polyurethane coatings on-site is a newer application for this technology, which traditionally has been used to manufacture flooring typically used for in-shop coating applications, according to Squiller.

Contractors can use a variety of methods for UV curing, including exposure to natural sunlight, full-spectrum UV bulbs and QUV-A bulbs. In addition to offering a fast turnaround, UV-curable polyurethane coatings feature a number of other beneficial properties: they are odorless, UV light stable for resistance to weathering, non-yellowing, abrasion resistant and chemical resistant.

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with nearly 15,400 employees at 30 sites around the world and 2007 sales of 10.4 billion euros. 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, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Our inorganic basic chemicals unit produces chlorine and related essential products for the chemicals industry.

Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In North America, Bayer had 2007 net sales of 8.1 billion euros and employed 16,800 at year end. Bayer's three subgroups, Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience and Bayer MaterialScience, improve people's lives through a broad range of essential products that help diagnose, prevent and treat diseases; protect crops and enhance yields; and advance automobile safety and durability.


Thomas Erdner, Phone: 412-777-5200


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