Leverkusen, Germany -- Bayer MaterialScience will be presenting sustainable technologies for polyurethanes at the forthcoming UTECH Europe 2012 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, including a solution for automotive bodywork that the company says is "lighter than water."
BMS has developed Bayflex RIM Light Weight, a new material for bodywork parts produced using reaction injection moulding (RIM). The company said in a 27 Jan news release that "a sophisticated combination of fillers reduces the weight of the parts by 20 to 30 percent compared with conventional polyurethane solutions while retaining the mechanical properties."
The German chemical giant said development efforts at BMS are focused on reducing the size of the cells of rigid PU foam even more in order to further enhance the insulating properties, thus further reducing energy consumption and emissions.
Dr Reinhard Albers will introduce the Baytherm Microcell polyurethane system at the UTECH Europe 2012 Conference. Bayer said this sustainable foam system is characterised by very small cells with diameters in the micrometer range.
Bayer MaterialScience has also developed a process technology for the "incorporation" of carbon dioxide into polyols. A pilot plant using this technology was brought on stream at the Leverkusen site in early 2011. At the conference, Dr Christoph Gürtler will present the principles behind such "dream reactions" before Dr Hans-Georg Pirkl discusses the properties of flexible foam products produced on the basis of these modified polyols.
Bayer added that its agenda for the UTECH Europe 2012 Conference includes a number of technical presentations by company experts on innovative polyurethane developments, ranging from lightweight composites to a more efficient method for the production of metal-faced sandwich panels.
UTECH Europe 2012 will be held 17-19 April in Maastricht, the Netherlands.