Pittsburgh, August 23, 2012 — With millions of iPad 2 tablet devices now in homes and offices worldwide, there is strong consumer demand for cases that will protect the tablets from damage, while also providing customization options.
Belkin International's Snap Shield Perforation case provides iPad 2 users with a case unlike any other. The case provides full access to all of the iPad 2's controls and ports, while providing scratch- and impact-resistant protection. Weighing 10.4 ounces and measuring 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches, the grey-colored case features a unique perforated pattern on its back surface. This enables users to swap out different colored inserts (green, blue, pink and orange) to match their Smart Cover. With the inserts, iPad 2 users can easily change the look of their case to match their mood, the season or even their outfit. Bayer MaterialScience LLC provided assistance with material selection for the inserts and the case itself. The variety of colors is made possible thanks to Bayer color technologies, which provided color development support.
"For consumer products, customization is the name of the game," said Bruce Fine, market segment leader, Medical and Consumer Products - Polycarbonates, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "By molding the case and its colorful inserts with Bayer's Makrolon® polycarbonate, Belkin International is able to give consumers what they want most: a way to protect and personalize their iPad devices at the same time."
The intricate but tough protective case and the colored inserts utilize Bayer's Makrolon® 2207 polycarbonate. This high-flow plastic has easy-release properties and is well suited for general applications that require a durable, heat-stable material. It also lends itself to projects requiring thin wall molding.
"Both the material and associated support provided by Bayer MaterialScience, enabled our product vision to become a reality," said Patrick Sullivan, director of product management, Belkin International Inc. Belkin International's Snap Shield Perforation case for the iPad 2 is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com, as well as at Office Max, Meijer and Fry's.
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.
About Belkin International Inc.:
At Belkin, we make people inspired products. With more than 200 patents, Belkin invents products that harness the power of technology to enrich people's lives. From wireless home networking and entertainment, to mobile accessories, energy management, and a broad USB and cable mix, Belkin products connect the dots between people and the things they love. Belkin also provides public and private sector organizations with high-quality security, infrastructure, energy, and server-room solutions. A privately held company founded in 1983, Belkin has more than 1,200 employees in 21 countries. Headquartered in Playa Vista, Calif., Belkin can also be found on the web at Belkin.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/belkin, and on Twitter at Twitter.com/belkin.
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