Secure site design: Bayer's blast-protection solution for building facades protects critical facilities and personnel

Kos, Greece, September 5, 2012 — With ever-increasing threats and always-decreasing budgets in mind, Bayer MaterialScience has developed a new innovative blast-mitigating system for critical buildings and other structures that can be tailored to protect against a range of threat levels. The Hygard® polycarbonate laminate system can be added to existing buildings to avoid the high costs of relocating or building new, more secure structures.

The system combines the aesthetics and impact resistance of Hygard® EX1750 polycarbonate laminate panels with a high-strength, energy-absorbing steel mounting structure. The system can protect and provide a decorative appearance to new and existing (retrofit) buildings, allowing most buildings to be upgraded to higher blast protection levels than previously possible. In particular, the system is ideal for buildings in urban settings where standoff distance is greatly diminished.

Dr. Volker Benz, senior manager marketing, Impact Shielding EMEA, Bayer MaterialScience, is highlighting the new technology, including open-arena blast testing results, during his presentation "A new blast-mitigation solution for building facades protection with a laminated polycarbonate-based system" at the International Conference on Structures Under Shock and Impact being held Sept. 4-6 in Kos, Greece.

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:

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

For more information in North America, please call Roger Rumer at 412-7775639 or email roger.rumer@bayer.com.

For more information in Europe and the Middle East, please email Dr. Volker Benz at volker.benz@bayer.com.

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