Lighting the way: Award-winning F-150 LED headlamps molded with Bayer polycarbonate

Optical grade polycarbonate provides design freedom, optical efficiency to LED headlamps, wins SPE Automotive Innovation Award

Pittsburgh, December 2, 2014 — While the 2015 Ford F-150 has made headlines for its ground-breaking lightweight design, less known is that lighting the way are LED headlamps made with a special optical grade of polycarbonate from Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

The F-150 is the first application of a single-collimator, all-plastic molded lens for both low- and high-beam LED headlamps. Makrolon® LED 2245 polycarbonate is used in the lens for optical efficiency. Additional benefits of polycarbonate include a new level of design freedom compared with a traditional multi-lens design, as well as reduced cycle times and cost compared with glass.

This LED lens recently received a Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Award in the “Process, Assembly and Enabling Technologies” category.

“It’s gratifying to see that our Makrolon® polycarbonate is helping the 2015 Ford F-150 light the way in LED headlamp advances that improve optical efficiency and design freedom,” said Michael George, market development - program manager, Automotive Lighting, Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

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:

John Skabardonis, Phone: 412-777-5444
john.skabardonis@bayer.com

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC polycarbonate materials and technologies, call 1-800-662-2927, email plastics@bayer.com or visit www.plastics.bayer.com.

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