Optimized light diffusion and distribution: The future of architectural glazing materials is strong and bright

Makrolon SK polycarbonate sheet for daylighting solutions
When used in applications with flat or contoured geometries, Makrolon® SK polycarbonate sheet from Bayer MaterialScience LLC has a higher impact resistance than acrylic or glass.

Bayer launches new polycarbonate sheet line tailored for daylighting

New Orleans, October 22, 2014 — The many benefits of daylighting – energy savings, reduction in building costs, possible improved productivity and satisfaction of building occupants, and sustainability, to name a few – are well known, leading more design engineers and architects to specify it in commercial building spaces. Commercial skylight manufacturers have a number of glazing materials available at their disposal, but what has been lacking is a single material that balances strength, light transmission and light diffusion. Until now …

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has launched Makrolon® SK polycarbonate sheet, the first in a series of “Daylighting Solutions” materials. Makrolon® SK polycarbonate prismatic textured sheet is optimized to diffuse and distribute light while maintaining a high level of light transmission, making it ideal for daylighting applications. In skylight applications, the material can be draped or thermoformed and has a higher impact resistance than acrylic or glass.

Two color options are available – clear or white. A grade incorporating a UV-enhanced cap layer is available as Makrolon® SK1 polycarbonate sheet.

“Makrolon® SK polycarbonate sheet provides commercial skylight and daylighting system manufacturers with a high-impact-strength glazing material that allows for reductions in lighting costs due to its balance of light transmission and diffusion,” says Tom Niziolek, architectural segment manager, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

Applications such as commercial skylights, canopies, overhangs, awnings and covered pedestrian walkways can all benefit from the combination of outstanding properties offered by this single material solution.

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. 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.

Bayer Contact:

Cindy Race, Phone: 413-528-7812

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC Makrolon® polycarbonate sheet products, contact Sales at 800-254-1707 or visit www.sheffieldplastics.com.

# # #

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at www.bayer.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

Editor’s Note: Follow news from Bayer MaterialScience on Twitter: