Bayer Material Science launches polycarbonate sheet

Explosion-proof material pioneered to provide extra insulation and versatility

?A new alternative to glass has been launched by polymer manufacturer Bayer Material Science.

The polycarbonate sheet, made of the company’s trademarked Makrolon, can be used for application on interior and exterior windows, walls and ceilings. The surface provides heat insulation that is comparable to that of tripleglazed glass, without the weight or bulk of actual glass, according to the company.

“Transparent Makrolon sheets offer a similar level of light permeability, plus they are safer and provide more freedom of design. That is why they are a good alternative to glass,” said Bayer MaterialScience global project manager Dr Volker Benz.

The products, which were recently showcased at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai and K 2010 in Dusseldorf, are also light enough for use as temporary interior structures, such as exhibition stands.

“Makrolon sheets are extremely flexible in their range of uses, they can be easily shaped but nonetheless remain robust,” added Benz.

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