Leverkusen, Germany - Bayer MaterialScience and AzkoNobel are teaming up to create one of the world's largest media facades at Bayer's former headquarters building in Leverkusen, Germany. The 122-metre-high building will, from mid-2009 onwards, feature a coloured Bayer cross up to 40 m in diameter, visible by day and night, sending messages out to the Leverkusen region about Bayer.
Bayer said the steel structure will be protected from corrosion by Intercure 99 from AkzoNobel subsidiary International Paint, adding that, "based on polyaspartic binding agents from Bayer MaterialScience's Desmophen NH range, the product offers enormous economic and ecological benefits over conventional coating systems."
"With coatings based on polyaspartics, a significantly thicker layer can be applied in a single layer than with conventional topcoats," said Thomas Bäker, manager of Bayer MaterialScience's corrosion protection laboratory.
According to Bayer, the need for fewer coats will reduce labour costs, save time and money as well as benefit the environment. "Combined with a low-viscosity polyurethane curing agent from the Desmodur N range, polyaspartics allow the formulation of ultra-high-solid coatings with a low VOC (volatile organic compound) content which more than meet the current statutory requirements," concluded Bäker.
Netherlands-based AzkoNobel is a major producer and supplier of paints, coatings and speciality chemicals. Bayer MaterialScience is one of the world's major polymer companies serving the automotive, electrical, construction and sports industries.