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Bayer MaterialScience’s Polyaspartic Coating Technology “Makes History” at the New National Museum of the Marine Corps

Published on 2006-01-30. Author : SpecialChem

PITTSBURGH -- When construction on the National Museum of the Marine Corps concludes, it will become the first site to be entirely dedicated to the history of the United States Marine Corps. Located in Quantico, Va., the 120,000-square-foot building broke ground in 2004 and will open in phases, with Phase I opening to the public in the spring of 2006.

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, which oversaw the building's construction, enlisted the help of Banker Steel Company, LLC for the structural steel fabrication, which in turn brought in The Sherwin-Williams Company to determine the best coating for the job.

To adhere to the tight production schedule and provide a structure that would stand the test of time, a coating system was selected for the building's steel beams that is based on polyaspartic coating technology from Bayer MaterialScience.

Since the museum is expected to attract visitors from all over the world and serve as a national hub for Marine Corps preservation and educational outreach, it was important to select products and materials that would require minimal upkeep while providing long-lasting service. This, in combination with time and budget considerations, made Fast Clad™ DTM Urethane from Sherwin-Williams a clear choice. Fast Clad utilizes polyaspartic coating technology from Bayer MaterialScience to provide a balance of desirable performance characteristics.

Often used in topcoat formulations that are part of a corrosion protection coating system, polyaspartic coating technology is ideal for protecting a variety of construction materials, like steel and concrete. It can be easily applied, offers outstanding durability and gloss retention, and can be modified to fit specific application needs.

Compared with other coatings, polyaspartics provide the faster dry times and higher film builds needed to develop the waterproof coat. "The final result is an exceptionally durable, UV-stable coating that can be applied quickly and cost effectively," explained Carl Angeloff, manager of market development for the Maintenance and Monomers coatings business for Bayer MaterialScience.

Since the Fast Clad coating contains a polyaspartic ester, it outperforms conventional urethanes because it can be applied at six to nine mils DFT in a single coat with no outgassing or pinholing. Typical urethane coatings require a primer and can be applied at only two or three mils DFT, so multiple coats are required for adequate substrate protection.

"In cases where steel beams will be exposed to outdoor elements, two- or three-coat systems are recommended," said Chet McPhatter, Banker Steel project manager. "But this product offers an excellent high-build finish in just one coat that dries fast - which saves time and labor costs."

Ultimate plans for the National Museum of the Marine Corps will include a memorial park, parade grounds, a large screen theater, artifact restoration facilities and an onsite conference center. According to Colonel Ray Hord, vice president of development, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, "once the museum is completed, I believe the American people will see it as a national treasure and a wonderful addition to our country's landscape of monuments. It is an engineering marvel - a truly impressive site."

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 18,000 employees at 40 sites around the world and 2004 sales of 8.6 billion euros. Our innovative developments in coating, 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 part of the worldwide Bayer Group, an international health care, nutrition and innovative materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In North America, as of April 2005, Bayer employed about 16,000 and had net sales of 8.3 billion euros. Bayer's three operating companies - Bayer HealthCare LLC, Bayer CropScience LP and Bayer MaterialScience LLC - improve people's lives through a broad range of essential products that help diagnose and treat diseases, protect crops 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. These 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 LLC

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