High-performing Bayer polycarbonate films meet demands of sophisticated security and ID card market

Broad portfolio of high-tech polycarbonate films help facilitate product innovations

Las Vegas, May 13 — Security and ID cards are becoming increasingly more sophisticated. But incorporating cutting-edge features requires high-performing materials that can meet the market’s demanding requirements. Bayer MaterialScience is one of the world’s leading suppliers of polycarbonate films for security and ID cards, offering a portfolio of polycarbonate films that addresses the needs of this highly innovative sector.

Makrofol® ID 332 Superlaser film for security cards offers a number of advantages to manufacturers and issuers of secure identity documents. Unlike other existing laser-engravable films, this high-tech film is able to increase laser personalization speeds while maintaining excellent high contrast and image quality. For example, cards utilizing Makrofol ID Superlaser film can be engraved roughly 20 percent faster than other cards with comparable construction and contrast levels, saving time and money. Furthermore, the film significantly reduces the chance of laser-induced bubbling versus other commonly used films. Reducing defects not only improves quality, but also translates into increased throughput.

In addition to Makrofol ID 332 Superlaser film, Bayer offers a broad portfolio of Makrofol ID polycarbonate films specially designed for card applications. These include a transparent scratch- and chemical-resistant grade (Makrofol ID 320 polycarbonate film), a D2T2 printable grade (Makrofol ID 285 Dyefusion film) and a very thin, white film (Makrofol ID 4-4 polycarbonate film) designed to cover chip modules integrated into the core of polycarbonate cards.

Bayer has achieved its position as a global leader in films for ID cards by staying abreast of the latest trends in this fast-growing and dynamic market, according to Dr. David Jurbergs, business development representative for security applications, Specialty Films, Bayer MaterialScience. “Collaborating closely with our customers puts us in an excellent position to introduce high-tech materials tailored to their needs and contribute to the next wave of innovation.”

Professionals and decision makers can learn more about these and other films for security and ID cards at the Bayer booth (#1322) during CARTES America May 13-15 in Las Vegas.

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 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2013 sales of 11.2 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group 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.

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s films, call 412-777-3983 or visit www.bmsnafta.com/.

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