For Immediate Release

Next-generation polyaspartics coatings improve throughput speed by reducing handling times

Bayer MaterialScience LLC at Advances in Polyurethane Technology Conference

 Charlotte, N.C., September 14, 2011 — Current coatings technologies for steel construction require long dry-to-handle times that can lead to construction delays or damage during shipping, fit-up and erection. Increasingly, engineers, architects and other building professionals are seeking coatings technologies with early development characteristics that reduce handling time and minimize damage when working with steel construction.

Mike Jeffries, strategic technology manager, aliphatic isocyanates and polyaspartics, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, will discuss the benefits of polyaspartic coatings for steel construction during a presentation entitled “Polyaspartic Coatings: Next-Generation of Durable Shop and Field Applied Finishes,” at 10:35 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, as part of the Advances in Polyurethane Technology conference. This event, sponsored by the American Coatings Association, takes place Sept. 14-15 in Charlotte, N.C.

During his presentation, Jeffries will detail polyaspartic coating chemistry and its features, including improved shop and field throughput by reducing handling time, fast cure at ambient and low temperatures, high film build and proven durability. Jeffries will also highlight the results of independent ambient and cold temperature tests comparing handling times of current coating technologies with next-generation polyaspartic coatings. More specifically, he will describe initial ambient test results indicating that polyaspartic coatings offer better resistance to abrasive/dust pick up and compression damage. Furthermore, according to Jeffries, cold temperature testing showed polyaspartic coatings outperformed current coating technologies in resistance to abrasive/dust pick up, compression damage and contact point damage.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,700 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2010 sales of 10.2 billion euros. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC's polyurethane coating technology, call 412-777-3983 or visit www.bmsnafta.com.

 
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