Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- Bayer MaterialScience has entered into a formal agreement with Martin Pultrusion Group to "better demonstrate the benefits of polyurethane chemistry to the pultrusion production industry" and further strengthen the alliance between the two companies, a 23 March BMS statement said.
"Polyurethane chemistry offers many benefits over the chemistries traditionally used in the pultrusion process," Harry George, a PU expert at BMS, said in the company statement. "Not only can polyurethane chemistries be customised on a project-by-project basis to provide greater strength, as well as better working and performance characteristics than polyesters, vinyl esters and epoxies, polyurethane resins are also free of the hazardous styrene emissions common to polyesters and vinyl esters," he added.
According to George, the pultrusion process, combined with PU chemistry, is enabling OEMs to develop profiles for new applications and to enter markets that were not possible with familiar pultrusion systems.
Martin Pultrusion, a manufacturer of pultrusion equipment dies and guidance systems, has been working with BMS since June 2008.
"Bayer MaterialScience brings the clout and muscle of a major science-based corporation with its network of BaySystems customised PU systems houses -- the scientists, labs, resources, formulating expertise, testing services, FDA compliance knowledge and unwavering commitment to advance the science," said Jeffery Martin, president of Martin Pultrusion Group.
Martin said that the successful development of new PU pultrusion applications requires a dedicated team of an OEM/pultruder, an equipment/die manufacturer and a resin supplier. "We've demonstrated success with numerous OEM/pultruder programmes," George added.
With three knowledgeable partners, and the intrinsic understanding that grows from a long-term working relationship, Martin said, "you've got a formula for enduring success." (RD)