By Anthony Clark, Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Leverkusen, Germany -- Bayer MaterialScience has acquired the worldwide marketing and usage rights for the Durflex superstructure system from Hyperion Verwaltung. The two companies have signed an agreement to this effect. Financial details have not been disclosed.
The superstructure system, which stabilises the ballast stones under rail tracks, is based on the Bayflex flexible polyurethane foam system from Bayer. Durflex was developed by Hyperion, drawing on the track-building expertise of its partner Frenzel-Bau of Freden, Germany, and in close cooperation with Bayer. It can be used for building new sections of track and for upgrading existing stretches.
"This innovative track construction system can be used to cut operating costs anywhere in the world," said Peter Vanacker, head of Bayer's polyurethanes segment. "In extending the marketing concept for this system, we want to continue our successful partnership with Hyperion, Frenzel-Bau and the other companies involved, but are also looking forward to establishing new agreements with German and international track construction companies and network operators."
Bayer MaterialScience plans to step up its investments in technology, for example, in the form of additional rail vehicles for installing Durflex.
PIC: Track trials on laying the Durflex system in Germany