Bayer MaterialScience LLC flexes its innovative muscle with a new polyurethane foam technology that enables the direct production of very

high air flow foams comparable to those achieved through current processes.

Enhanced air flow and the transfer of moisture away from the body are desirable traits in a number of end-use polyurethane foam applications, such as mattresses, cosmetic pads and lawn furniture. Most high porosity foams are produced by a chemical or mechanical reticulation process that involves an extra, post-step treatment to enhance the air flow. Using the new technology, foam manufacturers can more efficiently produce a variety of foams, including conventional, viscoelastic and several specialty types like hydrophilic or semi-rigid foams for specialty applications.

This technology was recently presented at the Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) Technical Conference in Phoenix, where “New Chemical Technology for the Production of Super-High Air Flow Flexible Forms” won the PFA’s Herman Stone Technical Excellence Award. The paper was presented by Adona Marcum, Bayer technical specialist. Her co-authors were Bayer research fellow Stanley Hager and Bayer scientists and marketing representatives Micah Moore, Peter Uthe, Jack Reese, Susan McVey and Scott Skolnekovich.

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 14,700 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2010 sales of 10.2 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, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.


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