Protective MacBook covers are the perfect fit

Bayer’s high-flow polycarbonate, noted for its high degree of impact strength and long-term flexibility, contributes to durable, sleek case design

Pittsburgh, November 5, 2013 — MacBook users want cases that will both protect and enhance the unmistakably clean, minimalist design of their notebooks. Speck Products, designer of form-fitting, functional cases and covers for popular personal electronics, offers multiple options for MacBook users with the help of Bayer MaterialScience’s Makrolon® polycarbonate plastic.

Speck’s lightweight, form-fitting hard-shell cases snap securely in place, providing a layer of reliable protection, while the thin, lightweight material preserves the slim profile of MacBook and MacBook Air devices. Available in a variety of colors and finishes, the translucent cases allow consumers to add a splash of color without completely concealing the Apple icon. Added details, such as vent slots for heat dissipation and rubberized feet for stability, make the cases as highly functional as they are vivid.

Speck selected Bayer’s Makrolon polycarbonate for its MacBook and MacBook Air covers due to its widespread availability and because many of its new U.S. suppliers prefer Makrolon polycarbonate to other plastics. Furthermore, Bayer representatives have been involved in many aspects of innovation and substitution steps to provide Speck with the performance it requires.

“For MacBook cases, sleek design, light weight and durability are key,” said Bruce Fine, market segment leader, Medical and Consumer Products - Polycarbonates, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “By molding its cases with Bayer’s Makrolon polycarbonate, Speck is able to achieve the thinnest walls and tight tolerances, while giving consumers the protection and precision fit they want.”

The Speck MacBook Air SeeThru covers use Bayer’s Makrolon 2407 polycarbonate. This grade of Makrolon resin allowed Speck to obtain the best physical properties and the thinnest wall possible for maximum weight savings.

“MacBook products are designed to be lightweight and incredibly thin, so we make our hard shell cases to match,” said Chris Novak, engineering manager, Speck Products. “Many of our larger parts are the thinnest wall possible, and are required to flow over long distances. Bayer’s Makrolon polycarbonate provides the tight material tolerances and light weight we are looking for.”

Speck cases for the MacBook and MacBook Air are currently available for purchase on Speckproducts.com and through multiple retailers.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,500 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2012 sales of 11.5 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, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

About Speck:

Founded in 2001, Palo Alto-based Speck is a leading designer of form-fit cases for the latest popular portable electronic devices. Speck is obsessed with designing cases that are just as smart and indispensable as the gadgets they protect. Founded by a group of design engineers, and located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we are captivated by technology and fanatical about the gadgets people love. Our focus on what people care about inspires us to craft cases that are a perfect fit. We make cases that don’t just protect phones, MacBooks, and tablets – they also contain clever details that spark delight in our customers. For more information, visit www.speckproducts.com and follow Speck on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC's polycarbonates, call 1-800-662-2927, email pcinfo@bayer.com or visit plastics.bayer.com.

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Protective MacBook covers are the perfect fit
Protective MacBook covers are the perfect fit