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High-solids polyurethane dispersions offer comfortable feel, improved efficiency for textile coatings

Waterborne-based formulation provides up to 60 percent solid content, low VOCs

ATLANTA, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For many years, polyurethane coatings have been applied to various fabrics to enhance their functionality, such as chemical and stain resistance, durability, and wind and waterproofness. Increasingly, textile companies are requesting resins with non-solvent formulations that offer high-performance properties and high solids content to replace traditional solvent-based systems.

Recently developed polyurethane dispersions from Bayer MaterialScience LLC feature ultra-low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and a solids content of 60 percent compared with the 35 – 40 percent solids of currently available products.

William Corso, technical manager, Textile and Specialty Laboratory, Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, will present "High-solids polyurethane dispersions: environmentally compatible resins for textile coatings" at 4:30 p.m., April 8, during the American Coatings Show and Conference in Atlanta. Corso will highlight the recent advancements in polyurethane dispersions that make them an ideal fit for textile manufacturers as well as formulators of non-textile applications.

"With the introduction of these high-solids polyurethane dispersions (PUDs), coaters can obtain desired properties needed for a wide range of applications with high-performance properties such as flexibility, mechanical strength, and hydrolysis, abrasion, chemical and stain resistance," Corso said.

Applications for these high-solids PUDs include foams used to form synthetic leather as well as coatings for screenprinting that offer high stretchability without cracking and excellent wash resistance.

Attendees of the American Coatings Show and Conference in Atlanta can visit Bayer's booth #2305 to learn more about its coating raw materials and technologies.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of 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 2013 sales of 11.2 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group 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, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

Sarah Schade, 412-777-5200
Email: [email protected]

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC's coatings and adhesives technologies, call 412-777-3983 or visit www.bmsnafta.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer's public reports which are available on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

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SOURCE Bayer MaterialScience LLC

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