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Polycarbonate glazing adds style to aftermarket racing kit concept parts

Bayer MaterialScience AG : 02 November, 2004  (New Product)
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Bayer MaterialScience’s Makrolon polycarbonate glazing was selected by Altair Engineering for use in aftermarket racing kit concept parts for the Ford Focus. The concept parts – which include an innovative panoramic roof and tailgate design.

'We selected Bayer MaterialScience’s Makrolon polycarbonate because other materials – like glass – could not meet our design requirements,' said Ken Grant, Creative Design Director at Altair Engineering. 'Unlike glass, polycarbonate can be extruded into sheet and subsequently thermoformed into almost any shape. As a result, it provided our designers with unprecedented design freedom for the concept parts.'

The concept parts, which would be injection moulded upon production to ensure optimal surface quality, rely on Makrolon polycarbonate’s design flexibility, transparency, low weight and durability. Additional benefits of polycarbonate and polycarbonate glazing include impact resistance, UV protection, simplified assembly, part integration, customisation capabilities, and the ability to add colour and special effects.

When used in conjunction with polycarbonate glazing technologies from Exatec, a Bayer MaterialScience joint venture, scratch and weather resistance that meet demanding OEM standards also can be achieved.

'Polycarbonate addresses the automotive industry’s growing concern to reduce weight, thus helping to increase an automobile’s fuel efficiency,' said William Curtis, Automotive Project Manager at Bayer MaterialScience. 'In many cases, polycarbonate glazing can decrease weight by 30-50% compared with glass.'

Bayer MaterialScience’s Makrolon polycarbonate glazing has commercial applications in several vehicles including the Porsche Carrera special edition backlite, Mercedes C-class transparent body panel, SMART Fortwo rear window, and SMART Forfour panoramic roof and rear window.
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