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Bayer MaterialScience LLC introduces high solids polyurethane dispersions for textile coatings in North America

Published on 2010-05-11. Author : SpecialChem

PITTSBURGH -- Bayer MaterialScience LLC, a leader in polyurethane chemistry, recently announced the availability in the North American market of new high-solids, fine-particle polyurethane dispersions for the formulation of textile coatings.

These high-solids products, which offer environmental and economic advantages for applicators, were developed for various textile applications and markets, which include automotive interior and contract upholstery.

The new products are:

  • Impranil® LP RSC 1554 polyurethane dispersion ® gives textiles more volume and body; is well suited to sporting goods and interior furnishings.
  • Impranil® LP RSC 1380 polyurethane dispersion ® improves the haptic properties of synthetic leathers in sporting goods and interior furnishings.
  • Impranil® LP RSC 1537 polyurethane dispersion ® characterized by its softness and flexibility, this specialty product is well suited to the creation of an adhesion layer that is subsequently transferred to the textile together with the top layer.

"From an economic and logistical perspective, these new aqueous dispersions help make the textile coating process more efficient," said Scott Grace, technical director, Waterborne Business Development, Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

Because these dispersions feature solids content of up to 60 percent, the inventory amount of raw materials that is needed can be reduced. Furthermore, applicators can achieve higher film builds in one coat, reducing the number of overall coats that are necessary. Also, processing is more efficient because less water needs to be evaporated, and fewer stabilizing additives are required.

There are several environmental advantages, as well. "Utilizing polyurethane dispersions as a replacement for PVC coatings allows for a coating with ultra-low volatile organic compounds (VOCs)," said William Corso, technical manager, Textile and Specialty Laboratories, Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "For this reason these Impranil® dispersions are a more eco-friendly and applicator-friendly option for synthetic leather formulations."

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 approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2009 sales of 7.5 billion euros. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops 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. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

This website may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup 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. These factors include those discussed in Bayer's public reports which are available on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. 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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