For Immediate Release

BayOne Urethane Systems LLC develops renewable resource foam for insole applications

Lightweight Bayflex® NOP 1002 insole system contributes to sustainability efforts in footwear market


St. Louis, January 18, 2011 –– BayOne Urethane Systems LLC, a unit of Bayer MaterialScience LLC, has developed a new Bayflex® natural oil polyol (NOP) 1002 low-density insole system. This product molds to a density of 16–20 pounds per cubic foot (pcf) and boasts the added benefit of a renewable resource content of approximately 18 percent by weight. NOPs are one of the building blocks of the Bayer MaterialScience sustainability program, a commitment to innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

“BayOne is an active participant in the footwear industry, with numerous insole, midsole, and outsole polyurethane formulations for military and recreational applications,” said Mark Vanover, marketing manager, BayOne Urethane Systems LLC. “We’re thrilled to expand our already strong offering with an insole system that responds to market interest in sustainable footwear formulations – without sacrificing desirable low-density properties.” 

Bayflex NOP 1002’s molded density of 16-20 pcf approaches that of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) providing an economical, more durable alternative, while reducing the consumption of petroleum-derived raw materials.

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 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2009 sales of 7.5 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.

Thomas Erdner, Phone: 412-777-5200

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