Because image is everything: Bayer's first flame-retardant PC/ABS plastic for extrusion applications targets diagnostic imaging

Anaheim, Calif., February 16, 2012 –– Bayer MaterialScience LLC is debuting a new specialty grade of resin primarily designed for use in the medical market for applications such as diagnostic imaging equipment – computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scanners; workstations; and kiosks.

Bayblend® M303 FR is a non-reinforced, flame-retardant, amorphous, thermoplastic polymer blend of polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer (PC/ABS) for extrusion, blow molding and thermoforming. It can be used in surface device applications contacting intact skin. Bayblend M303 FR PC/ABS meets the requirements of ISO 10993-5 (Cytotoxicity) and ISO 10993-10 (Irritation and Sensitization) guidelines.

The material has good chemical and hydrolysis resistance, excellent melt strength for extrusion and deep draw for thermoforming. Naturally opaque, this PC/ABS blend is also available in custom colors.

Bayblend M303 FR resin is the latest grade to join Bayer's existing portfolio of materials for the medical market. "The addition of Bayblend M303 FR plastic to Bayer's product offerings continues the history of innovation and proven technical and materials expertise that Bayer offers the medical industry," says Bruce Fine, market segment leader, Medical and Consumer Products - Polycarbonates, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

Bayer is introducing this new material at Medical Design & Manufacturing West (MD&M West) 2012, taking place February 14-16, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Attendees of MD&M West 2012 interested in learning more about this new grade or any of Bayer's other medical–grade materials are invited to stop by booth #2021.

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:

Sean Kelly, Phone: 412-777-5200
E-mail: sean.kelly@bayer.com

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC's materials for the medical market, call 1-800-662-2927, email medicalinfo@bayer.com, or visit www.bmsnafta.com.

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