Makrolon®, the Convincing High-tech Material for Stadium Construction

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At the international Stadia Design & Technology Expo 2010 from April 26 to 28 in New York, Bayer MaterialScience LLC will present its innovative multi-wall and solid sheets made of the polycarbonate Makrolon® at booth 3150. With its wide range of applications and impressive full-scale solutions, the high-tech material is being used worldwide, and not only in the construction of stadiums.

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At the international Stadia Design & Technology Expo 2010 from April 26 to 28 in New York, Bayer MaterialScience LLC will present its innovative multi-wall and solid sheets made of the polycarbonate Makrolon® at booth 3150. With its wide range of applications and impressive full-scale solutions, the high-tech material is being used worldwide, and not only in the construction of stadiums.

Eye-catching architecture – Makrolon® for balanced designs

Whether it is the modernization of sports venues in Europe or the newly built Olympic stadiums in China – innovative, large roof and window panels made of Makrolon® are causing a stir in the architectural sector. With their light and airy effect the designs have a unique character that fits well into the surroundings both in terms of landscape and climate. Climate protection was also the central goal in the photovoltaic installation of Makrolon® sheets at the Weser Stadium in Bremen, Germany. The polycarbonate sheets, in combination with solar cells, have the double effect of generating energy and protecting against the weather.

The Makrolon® solid and multi-wall sheets offer architectural opportunities with a wide range of benefits. The material is very solid yet highly flexible. Due to their low weight, the sheets can withstand high winds and absorb wind-induced movement without requiring massive substructures. They are highly impact-resistant and withstand strong hail as well as heavy snow and rain. At the Stadia Design & Technology Expo Bayer MaterialScience will demonstrate the strong break resistance with a special test.

The high light transmission of the material can help tp achieve optimal lighting without shadows or strong light-dark contrasts. A special UV layer filters out most of the harmful UV radiation but lets the photoactive radiation pass through so the turf is exposed to sufficient sunlight to help sustain healthy growth. Depending on the type of sheets used, the width of the sheets up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) reduces the cost of the substructure by 15 to 30 percent over designs with conventional materials.

Protecting buildings and people – Makrolon® guards both
Makrolon® Hygard may be a preferred solution to help withstand break-ins or the ballistic assult of firearms. The transparent multi-layer sheets are highly resistant to attack and the material is resistant to spider-webbing and spalling for clear visibility. For this reason Makrolon Hygard can be an alternative to bulletproof glass.

The long-lasting material Makrolon® Mak 15 has a 15-year limited warrantty for weather resistance, break resistance, and delamination, making it a material of choice for applications such as schools, mental health facilites and vandalism-prone areas that need special protection.

Makrolon® LD is the latest product for use in signage that uses LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). The material provides homogenous light diffusion while helping to avoid pinpoint hot spots.

About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2009 sales of EUR 7.5 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. 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 and sports and leisure industries. Bayer MaterialScience has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 14,300 people at the end of 2009. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

Contact:
Cindy Kahlstrom, Phone: 413-528-7812
E-mail: cindy(dot)kahlstrom(at)bayerbms(dot)com

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience, call 1-800-628-5084, info(at)sheffieldplastics(dot)com or visit http://www.sheffieldplastics.com

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