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Bayer MaterialScience AG : 29 April, 2005  (Company News)
'VisionWorks' will be the stand motto when Bayer MaterialScience AG exhibits for the first time at the international Interzum Furniture Fair in Cologne from April 29 to May 3.
The stand will feature the company's broad range of products and services for the furniture industry and its suppliers as well as for interior designers, stylists and design engineers. It will focus on the versatility of the Bayfit®, Baydur® and Bayflex® flexible and integral skin polyurethane foam systems for the production of home and office furniture. Bayer MaterialScience will share its exhibition stand with Technogel Italia s.r.l., who will present its high-tech Technogel® material, a polyurethane gel with outstanding tactile properties and a broad field of application.

'With our comprehensive product portfolio for polyurethanes and our wealth of know-how, we are the partner of choice for customers throughout the world. We want to hold on to our position as the global market and technology leader and build on it with new developments and our proven service offerings,' said Reiner Schneider, head of Marketing and Business Development for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America Regions within the Polyurethanes Business Unit of Bayer MaterialScience, during a press conference. Accounting for 27 percent of the business unit's sales, wood processing and furniture production are the most important fields of application economically for polyurethanes. 'This is due above all to the versatility of this class of materials: the properties can be tailor-made to suit individual requirements,' said Schneider.

Foams for designers’ dreams

Bayfit®, Bayer MaterialScience's flexible foam, can be used to produce spectacular shapes combining a high degree of functionality and maximum comfort with top quality. It is particularly suitable for the production of very large molded parts. Functional elements such as interior springs, supports and joints can be integrated directly into the molded part. Bayfit® also makes it easy to incorporate inserts or to back-fill fabrics with foam – from super soft to extra hard. The 'Le Bambole' sofa from the Italian manufacturer B&B, for example, is made of it.

The products in the Baydur® range are rigid engineering plastics. They are noted for their outstanding strength and hardness and can also be coated economically by the in-mold coating process. Molded parts made of Baydur® 60 integral skin foam have a sandwich structure with a cellular core, making them extremely durable and lightweight. This opens up an enormous range of applications for the material, and also ensures economical production. One example is the 'Rolf Benz 7200' chair.

The Bayflex® range of polyurethanes is also noted for its many varied applications. These flexible, elastic integral skin foams have a cellular core that makes them extremely lightweight. They, too, offer plenty of design scope and outstanding comfort, as demonstrated by the 'glide-away' couch manufactured by the Swiss company, W&S Formschaum AG.

Focusing on the future

Bayer MaterialScience is looking beyond current applications, and has its sights set on developments for the future. In a network project entitled 'Future Living', the company has got together with 13 partners from industry and academia to develop future scenarios in answer to the question, 'How will we live in 2020?'. 'Our goal is to be the first-choice solutions provider of raw materials and technologies for this key industry. To be successful in this, it is crucial to identify future consumer needs early,' said Schneider. Workshops were held with the partners to develop two future scenarios: First, a world of polycenters and second, a world of oligocenters. Polycenters are regional economic and growth zones that may extend beyond international frontiers, while oligocenters are just a few networked megacities, such as those already developing in Asia. The findings obtained from both scenarios are being incorporated in detailed studies on individual topics such as traffic, logistics, energy generation, communications, leisure, living, working and nutrition.

Technogel® offers comfort for the office chair

Many people do their job sitting down. Seating comfort makes an important contribution to the well-being and thus to the productivity of the employees. The way body pressure is distributed on an office chair has a major influence on comfort, particularly in areas where the softer tissues of the pelvic region come into contact with the seat. It is this that decides which parts of the muscles are tensed when sitting, and to what extent. 'Padding made of Technogel® combined with padding made of Bayfit® offer much greater comfort than foam cushioning,' said Michele Lion, head of Sales & Marketing at Technogel. 'This was confirmed in a couple of studies carried out e.g. by the Polytechnic University of Milan and the University of Boston.'
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