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Bayer MaterialScience Sign Distribution Agreement with Composites One

27 June 2011

Bayer MaterialScience and Composites One have reached a distribution agreement in which Composites One will sell Bayer MaterialScience’s polyurethane resin systems directly to composite parts manufacturers throughout the US.

Bayer explain that the agreement is effective immediately and covers the distribution and sale of all their fully formulated polyurethane systems developed for use in manufacturing composite parts, particularly those manufactured through the pultrusion, resin transfer moulding, vacuum-assisted resin transfer moulding, resin infusion, and filament winding processes.

Greg Shymske, Vice President of marketing for Arlington Heights, Illinois-based Composites One, said, “There are many opportunities in composites and the market is constantly looking for new materials that offer unique advantages. We are very involved with customers as they move from open-mould processing to closed-mould techniques and to use low-VOC chemistries. Consistent with these trends, polyurethane products offer real performance and environmental benefits over some of the chemistries traditionally used in the manufacture of composites, and we want to offer those benefits to our customers. Selling Bayer MaterialScience polyurethane systems will enable us to do so.”

“This agreement enables Composites One to offer our composites customers a unique package of proven polyurethane resin systems backed by an unprecedented level of technical support and service,” Shymske added. “Bayer MaterialScience is the inventor of polyurethane chemistry. We now offer their proven polyurethane resin systems backed by our technical support and service, further supported by Bayer’s extensive R&D and technical expertise.”

“Composites One’s network of 32 strategically-located distribution and stocking centres will provide speedy local delivery and shorter order times to composite part manufacturers,” said Jerry MacCleary, Head of the NAFTA Polyurethanes Marketing Business Unit, Bayer MaterialScience. “We feel this agreement will help us all grow, and enable Bayer polyurethane systems to reach markets that we previously could not.”