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Bayer MaterialScience enters into cooperation with GEBA Kunststoffcompounds GmbH

Bayer MaterialScience AG : 10 September, 2004  (Company News)
Bayer MaterialScience AG has commissioned GEBA Kunststoffcompounds GmbH to manufacture brightly colored compounds of the new Desmopan
The colored TPU will be used primarily for blow molding and powder slush skins. These are mainly used on instrument panels, gloveboxes, door trims and post finishers.

'Our new types of TPU are lightfast and can thus be produced in bright colors. This enables us to respond to the current trend for colorful automobile interiors. We expect a sizeable increase in demand in this sector in the near future', explains Jürgen Hättig, Sales Manager in the TPU Business Unit at Bayer MaterialScience.

His optimism is also based on the properties offered by the new types of TPU. Among other things, they provide good resistance to abrasion and scratching, produce soft touch surfaces and do not contain plasticizers or halogens. With their low-temperature flexibility, they represent an alternative to conventional materials for the manufacture of molded skins used in the vicinity of airbag flaps.

GEBA, based in Ennigerloh, Germany, has made a name for itself all over the world as a compounder for a wide range of thermoplastics, particularly in the automotive and electrical engineering/electronics sectors, and is listed as an AA supplier by several industry leaders.

'We are reaping benefits from the expertise acquired by GEBA over many years of enhancing TPU', says Hättig. GEBA has at its disposal a comprehensive range of compounding units specifically designed for TPU, including an underwater pelletizer for special types of TPU. A separate production shop intended specifically for compounding the new TPU material and meeting very high cleanliness requirements recently went into operation.

Another benefit is the extensive experience that GEBA has in color matching. This is particularly true for assemblies in automotive interiors whose individual components comprise a variety of thermoplastics. The experts in the in-house color laboratory have at their disposal a special formulation program and an extensive color database which enable them to achieve a level of color matching that remains constant even in different lighting conditions.

Customers of Bayer MaterialScience will also benefit from the logistical capacities built up by GEBA over the years. A logistics center covering an area of 5000 square meters was recently built in which large amounts of materials can also be stored on behalf of customers. If desired, deliveries can be made 'just in time' using a modern vehicle fleet complete with trailers and silo wagons. 'We are consequently planning to have the colored versions of Desmopan® delivered directly from GEBA to our customers', says Hättig.
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