Bayer MaterialScience seals its position as a coating & sealant market innovator

Two-component, polyurethane waterborne technology for sealers

Las Vegas, January 24, 2012 — One of the fastest growing market segments in the concrete flooring arena is sealers for decorative and polished concrete surfaces. There is a need in this market for a more durable, longer lasting product, and Bayer MaterialScience LLC sealed its position as a coating and sealant market innovator by developing a new technology for sealers.

Applicators want a product with chemical and stain resistance, low odor, long-term performance, ease of use and concrete penetration. Bayer developed a two-component (2K), polyurethane waterborne technology for sealers that offers a number of advantages over currently available concrete sealer products, including:

  • Better ease of use
  • Improved durability
  • Low odor
  • Increased service life
  • Ultra-low volatile organic compounds (below 15 grams per liter)

Steven Reinstadtler, construction marketing manager for coatings, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, says that this 2K, polyurethane waterborne technology guards against stains as it is resistant to a wide range of household and industrial chemicals or staining agents.

"There are three types of flooring – decorative stained, diamond polished and color-pigmented concrete – that are becoming popular and sustainable flooring options and could use a sealer," says Reinstadtler. "These types of floors are increasingly being installed in higher visibility venues where aesthetics matter, and the 2K, polyurethane waterborne technology for sealers from Bayer protects the flooring while also preserving its aesthetics."

The various types of stained and polished flooring on which the sealer would be applied are often found in commercial and retail spaces, such as hotel lobbies and restaurants. The technology is primarily applied to indoor surfaces, but is also appropriate for outdoor applications.

To learn more about this technology, stop by Bayer's booth, S11847, at World of Concrete 2012.

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.

Contact:

Thomas Erdner, Phone: 412-777-5200
E-mail: thomas.erdner@bayer.com

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC's concrete coatings technology, call 412777-3983 or visit www.bmsnafta.com.

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