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Stylish rail interiors with Bayer polycarbonates

Efficient manufacturing using thermoforming
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Polycarbonate sheets of the Makrolon® and Bayblend® ranges from Bayer MaterialScience are lightweight and hence ensure a greater energy efficiency of rail vehicles, while at the same time maximizing passenger safety through their flame retardance.

Leverkusen, September 2014 – The interiors of railroad, subway and trolley cars have changed significantly in recent years. What was uniform and often uncomfortable has become stylish and highly functional, with state-of-the-art lighting concepts, comfortable seating and spacious aisles. Increasingly, rail operators are also discovering interiors for their own purposes, using special colors and surface structures to ensure their vehicles convey a distinctive image to their customers.

Bayer MaterialScience supports its rail industry partners in producing cutting-edge interior designs with its range of customized polycarbonates, polycarbonate blends and the sheets made from them.

Bayblend® polycarbonate blend sheets are a key focus at InnoTrans 2014. Bayblend® MTR sheets meet the fire protection requirements of the North American and Chinese markets, while Bayblend® MTX sheets are aimed at the requirements of the European EN45545 standard. Both grades are available in a countless number of colors and can also be used to produce textured surfaces. The two product ranges boast eco-friendly flame retardance and can be processed highly efficiently using thermoforming.

Vast design freedom thanks to thermoforming
The method used to process is particularly efficient and versatile. The semi-finished products are heated until they soften and shaped into the desired form in the mold by bending or drawing. This makes it possible to manufacture wall and ceiling coverings, window frames and backrests for seating in small to medium quantities.

Flame-retardant Makrolon® FR DX polycarbonate sheets that meet the requirements of the EN 45545-2 R4/HL3 fire safety standard are new to the range. Their outstanding light diffusion makes them particularly well suited for LED lamp covers, where they ensure bright, consistent illumination. They are thus also the material of choice for slimline design solutions.

Bayer MaterialScience also offers polycarbonate grades for manufacturing components in accordance with EN45545-R22. These are designed for injection molding and extrusion applications.

Products made from Makrolon® and Bayblend® can be recycled on reaching the end of their useful lives, thus saving money and protecting the environment.

About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2013 sales of EUR 11.2 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2013, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,300 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

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