Improving the safety of security cards: Bayer MaterialScience "IDs" new developments in card security

Miami, April 16, 2012 — Card security and technology are constantly evolving and improving. More card manufacturers are seeking increased security measures. When it comes to the latest developments increasing safety, Bayer MaterialScience LLC holds the trump card.

In addition to its already established line of materials for cards, Bayer is adding a new and improved product to its offerings. Bayer's existing anti-scratch Makrofol® ID 320 film, a 2011 Elan-Award winner, is now offered in a laser-engravable version. Not only does this simplify card construction, but it is a significant improvement in the film's security capabilities.

This new film offers a number of benefits to card manufacturers. It can be laminated similarly to conventional polycarbonate films, and cards made with this film do not require additional layers of laser-engravable film. This new innovation from Bayer is ideal for card producers seeking to incorporate high-resolution images and tactile elements into high-durability, long-life ID documents.

Bayer will showcase the new developments for its Makrofol ID 320 film at its booth, #41, at ICMA's 2012 Card Manufacturing & Personalization EXPO, April 15-18, in Miami. In addition to its new laser-engravable film capability, Bayer will also feature its other film and card technologies, such as its Makrofol ID Dyefusion for color personalization of IDs and cards made of polycarbonate, as well as its Bayfol® HX line of light-sensitive films utilized to produce holograms.

Visitors can also see Bayer's full line of Makrofol ID polycarbonate, Platilon® ID thermoplastic polyurethane and Bayfol HX light-sensitive, holographic films, samples of which will be on display at the Bayer booth.

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 14,800 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2011 sales of 10.8 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience's 2011 sales in North America were $2.9 billion. 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 films for IDs, call 412777-3983 or visit www.bayerfilms.com.

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