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Bayer Polymers Discusses Development of UV-Curable Waterborne Polyurethane Dispersion For Soft Feel Applications

Published on 2004-02-23. Author : SpecialChem

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 19, 2004 - Researchers with Bayer Polymers will present a paper on the development of waterborne polyurethane dispersions (PUD's) for soft feel applications. Soft-touch coatings are used in a number of plastic applications across a wide range of markets including automotive interiors, consumer electronics, exotic packaging applications, hand held plastic consumer goods, and graphic arts.

Aaron Lockhart, Business Development, Plastic Coatings; Lyuba Gindin, Innovations, Polyurethanes; Pete Schmitt, Innovations, Polyurethanes; and Phil Lunney, Innovations, Statistics; Bayer Polymers, LLC, will present their paper Feb. 19, 2 p.m., here at the International Waterborne, High-Solids, and Powder Coatings Symposium.

The paper is entitled Development Of UV-Curable Waterborne Polyurethane Dispersion For Soft Feel Applications.

The researchers will explain the benefits of one- or two-component cross-linked films in terms of chemical resistance and mechanical durability, particularly in soft-touch coatings, which showed good resistance to suntan lotion and insect repellent.

"One of the greatest limitations to the success and expansion of soft- touch coatings technology has been its poor chemical resistance," said Lockhart. "This study sought to increase the resistance to suntan lotion by increasing the crosslink density of soft-touch coatings through UV-cure without compromising the softness of the coatings."

For more information on waterborne polyurethane or a copy of this technical paper, call 1-800-662-2927 or visit www.BayerPolymers.com.

With 23,000 employees at 120 sites around the world and 2002 sales of 10.8 billion euros, Bayer Polymers is a leader in the global industry of performance polymers. The company's materials and solutions are the backbone of modern life, serving primarily the automotive, construction, information technology, appliance, furniture as well as sports and leisure industries. As a member of the global Bayer Group, Bayer Polymers benefits from a wealth of resources while enjoying the flexibility to focus on its primary objective: to be the partner of choice in polymer materials.

Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is the U.S. holding company of the worldwide Bayer Group, an international health care and chemicals group based in Leverkusen, Germany. Bayer employs 24,600 in North America with net North American sales of 8.9 billion euros in 2002. Our four operating business areas - HealthCare, CropScience, Polymers and Chemicals - produce a broad range of products that help diagnose and treat diseases, purify water, preserve local landmarks, protect crops, advance automobile safety and durability and improve people's lives.

Source: Bayer Corp.


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