12 August 2014
12 August 2014
Bayer MaterialScience will showcase material solutions for key trends at the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from October 14 to 18, 2014.
According to Bayer ManterialScience, visitors will be able to find out about the latest developments in the automotive and LED lighting sectors and about new production processes. The company’s programme will be rounded out by speedtalks from experts - short, concise presentations about key themes.
Bayer MaterialScience explains it has developed a broad spectrum of materials for various general lighting and automotive applications. They include products for display and light control technology. Focusing lenses, optical fibres, diffuser and light-directing elements, reflectors and thermally conductive housing components, for example, are manufactured from polycarbonate resins, films and sheets.
The company claims a kaleidoscope of design variations will be on show at Fakuma, ranging from matte, textured and high-gloss structures, coated and metalised surfaces, and attractive colours to the design of displays with three-dimensional surfaces.
The DirectCoating / DirectSkinning technology co-developed by Bayer MaterialScience enables the manufacture of decorated components in a single step. Another production concept originates from Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik in Lüdenscheid, Germany. This uses just one master mold to create a whole range of decoration variants with Bayer polycarbonates, which facilitates customized design for small-volume production.
With the development of the customised TPU material Desmosint for selective laser sintering, Bayer MaterialScience is making a contribution to establishing this process for rapid prototyping and small-volume production. Layer for layer, laser sintering can even produce complex parts with cavities and undercuts that were previously impossible to manufacture using injection molding. Working with cooperation partner Lehmann & Voss, initial successes have been achieved which confirm the excellent potential that Bayer MaterialScience sees in this development.
"Our innovative materials and solutions improve people’s lives and create value," explains Rainer Rettig, Head of Commercial Operations for Polycarbonates at Bayer MaterialScience in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. "However, we also want our developments to provide the answers to major challenges such as climate change and population growth. In this way, we aim to contribute to conserving resources and minimising the impact on people and the environment. All of this is part of Bayer MaterialScience’s comprehensive sustainability concept."
Bayer MaterialScience will be exhibiting on stand 2406 in Hall B4 at the show.
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