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A Better Alternative: Bayer MaterialScience Offers Innovative Materials, Application Technologies For Eco-Friendly Alternate Energy Vehicles

Published on 2008-01-17. Author : SpecialChem

Detroit -- Development of eco-friendly alternate energy vehicles (AEVs) is revving up. From consumer pain at the pump caused by steadily rising gas prices to concerns about global warming and tougher fuel economy legislation, there are a variety of economic and environmental forces in play that are transforming AEVs from the periphery to the mainstream. Bayer MaterialScience LLC (BMS), with its global resources and broad product portfolio, is at the forefront of this exciting, fast-paced market.

"Whether OEMs are looking for ways to slash vehicle weight or to incorporate materials that are inherently more environmentally friendly than the status quo, they can feel confident turning to BMS," said David Loren, project leader, Future Business Group, BMS LLC.

By definition, AEVs comprise all non-traditional combustion engine passenger vehicles, including gas/electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. An off-shoot of AEVs that can also benefit from Bayer technologies and offer eco-friendly alternatives are neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) designed for shorter trips.

The market potential is significant. In fact, a recent UBS/Ricardo study projects that U.S. sales of 1.2 million hybrid vehicles in 2012 is realistic; other sources project even stronger sales. This competitive market features a mix of traditional OEMs as well as emerging OEMs that are striving toward taking these vehicles from the drawing table to the driveway.

BMS' engagement in this emerging market is logical on two fronts. First, the company is dedicated to sustainable development. This commitment has a constant impact not only on BMS' day-to-day business operations, but also the products it produces and the markets it serves.

Second, Bayer has always been a leader in automotive innovation. In 1967, the company unveiled the world's first plastic car. This leadership continues today, most recently with its collaboration with Rinspeed Inc. to provide materials and expertise for production of the acclaimed Senso, zaZen and eXasis concept cars.

"Bayer has materials suited for the AEV market along with applications engineers who are able to meet the challenges this market presents," said Loren. "This type of attitude and out-of-the-box thinking is invaluable as we assist OEMs in meeting the challenges of bringing viable AEVs to market."

BMS' key value proposition for this emerging market is:

  • Materials and application technologies to reduce the mass of vehicles, which is critical for improved fuel economy and can lead to lower CO2 emissions.
  • Materials that are more eco-friendly, which is critical to the environment.
  • Materials and application technologies that require lower initial capital investment, which is critical to start-up companies and OEMs producing lower-volume vehicles.

BMS has an extensive portfolio of materials well-suited for AEV vehicles. Select interior materials/applications include:

  • Baydur® STR reaction injection molding (RIM) system for instrument panel (IP) substrates and Baytec® chemicals for producing IP skins, resulting in an IP that is 100 percent recyclable.
  • Baydur RIM and Baypreg® F systems for composites for underbodies/load floors that are modular and lighter weight.
  • Bio-based Bayfit® systems for foam for seating/headrests that are more environmentally friendly.

Select exterior materials/applications include:

  • Makrolon® polycarbonate (PC) for glazing applications such as panoramic roof panels, backlites and side windows that decrease vehicle weight and enhance occupant safety.
  • Makrolon PC and Apec® PC for LED lighting that results in less energy drain on the battery.
  • Baydur RIM system composite roofing systems that are modular and lighter weight.
  • Makroblend® PC/polyester blend resin, Bayblend® PC/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) blend resin or the Bayflex® RIM system for reducing the weight of body panels/fenders.
  • Bayhydrol® polyurethane dispersions and Bayhydur® hardeners for waterborne two-component (2K) polyurethane coatings - a more environmentally friendly alternative to solvent-based coatings.
  • Roskydal® UV-cure 2K polyurethane coatings as well as Makrofol® and Bayfol® PC films, all of which make it possible for OEMs to avoid the expense and environmental impact of a conventional paint line.

Loren also emphasizes that utilizing many BMS materials requires only a low capital investment, which is particularly important for cost-conscious OEMs. "Any way you look at it - from materials performance and environmental impact to technical expertise and economic feasibility - BMS is the smart choice for the AEV market."

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

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 14,900 employees at 30 sites around the world and 2006 sales of 10.2 billion euros from continuing operations. Our innovative developments in coatings, adhesive and sealant raw materials, polycarbonates, polyurethanes and thermoplastic urethane elastomers enhance the design and functionality of products in a wide variety of markets, including the automotive, construction, electrical and electronics, household and medical industries, and the sports and leisure fields. Our inorganic basic chemicals unit produces chlorine and related essential products for the chemicals industry. Let us give life to your vision. Bayer MaterialScience - Where VisionWorks.

Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and innovative materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In North America, Bayer had 2006 net sales of 7.8 billion euros and employed 17,200 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 prevent and treat diseases; protect crops and enhance yields; and advance automobile safety and durability.

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. Th ese factors include those discussed in our public reports filed with the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (including our Form 20-F). The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

Source: Bayer MaterialScience

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