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German design prize for products made of Bayer materials

Bayer MaterialScience AG : 27 August, 2004  (Company News)
On August 27, 2004 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 21 products from a total of 904 entries were presented with the highest design award in the Federal Republic of Germany by the German Design Council on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor.
Among the products to win an award was the adidas Roteiro™ soccer ball used in the recent European Championships, and the Watercone®, a device for producing potable water made by Disc-O-Bed GmbH, Loerrach. 'We would like to congratulate our customers on winning this prestigious award, and we are also delighted that our high-tech materials are helping to open the door to so many outstanding designs,' said Ian Paterson, the member of Board of Management of Bayer MaterialScience AG responsible for Marketing and Innovation. The Roteiro™ is made, among other things, from syntactic foam based on Impranil®, while the Watercone® is made of Makrolon® polycarbonate.
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. The surface of the Roteiro™ soccer ball is highly resistant to abrasion and is characterized by low water absorption. These properties can be attributed to a coating formulated with raw materials from Bayer MaterialScience’s Impranil® line of products. Another unique feature is the flexible layer of syntactic polyurethane foam with good low temperature flexibility, which provides good flight and damping characteristics.

The Watercone® is used for a simple water distillation process that works well even under extreme climatic conditions. The functional design of the transparent cone is outstandingly simple: Salty or brackish water is filled into a flat black tray on which the cone is placed. Through solar radiation and condensation, water appears in the form of droplets on the inner wall of the cone. The droplets trickle down the inner wall and collect in a circular trough inside the base of the cone.

After unscrewing the cap at the tip of the cone and turning it upside down, the clean water can be filled into a drinking device. The Watercone® can produce up to 1.7 liters of water a day. It is the excellent properties of the high-tech Makrolon® plastic that make the cone so practical. It is as transparent as glass, impact-resistant, dimensionally stable, highly heat-resistant and exceedingly light in weight. The black tray also is made of the high performance plastic of Bayer MaterialScience. The inventor of the Watercone®, Stephan Augustin, explains: 'As a designer, you not only need good ideas, you also need the right materials. For the Watercone®, the only possibility was Makrolon®.'

The surface layer consists of a highly abrasion-resistant coating that absorbs a minimum of water and can be readily printed. This coating is based on the Impranil® range of raw materials from Bayer MaterialScience. Beneath the seamless surface of the ball, an elastic polyurethane layer of syntactic foam based on Impranil® ensures accurate ball contact, good damping properties and an accurate flight path. It also has outstanding flexibility in the cold. The key feature of this Bayer material is that it is made up of numerous tough and elastic gas-filled microcells, which are responsible for the ball’s outstanding properties.
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