Beijing - A polyurethane coating from Bayer MaterialScience will protect the Chinese Olympic stadium in Beijing, whose unique design has resulted in it being dubbed the 'Bird's Nest.'
The company says the project is another example of its support for China's aim to using more high-tech materials in construction: "This project is another solid example of our long term commitment to China's sustainable development," said Michael Koenig, country representative of Bayer Group Greater China and president of Bayer MaterialScience for China, at the signing ceremony in Beijing on 11 Jan.
Bayer uses innovative technology "to aid China in realising its vision in the construction industry," Koenig added, in a Bayer press statement.
An aliphatic polyurethane crosslinker, Desmodur N, will be used for topcoat material to give long-term protection, excellent resistance and high performance in trying environmental conditions, said Bayer.
Zhang Hengli, deputy general manager of National Stadium Co. Ltd said his company was "eager to work with Bayer as they utilise their leading technology and innovative material to aid us in our efforts to create this unique landmark and symbol of Beijing."
BMS claims to be the first to supply key raw materials such as HDI (hexamethylene diisocyanate) and polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) in China.
To meet increasing local demand, BMS' Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants (CAS) business is raising PUD production at the Bayer Integrated Site Shanghai to 20 kilotonnes, an expansion that is due onstream in the second quarter of 2008.
PIC: l-r Hengli Zhang; Wei Ying Yang, deputy GM of National Stadium; Michael Koenig; Dr Volker Mirgel, senior VP, BMS' CAS business