Since the start of 2004, Bayer MaterialScience AG
has been an independent, globally-operating company within the Bayer Group.
Following its reorganization, the company is now intelligently positioned on the
market and is capable of acting rapidly, flexibly, and reliably, offering a high
level of competence – something which is also made clear by the company's new
MaterialScience employs around 18,000 employees at more than 40 locations
throughout the world. Sales of some 8.6 billion euros were achieved in 2004, and
approximately 7 million tons of raw materials produced. An average of one patent
every working day is registered by company employees.
MaterialScience is currently making major investments in the boom region of
Asia. New production facilities for a wide range of different products are under
construction in Caojing (Shanghai, China), with an investment volume of 1.8
billion US dollars. The company's activities are focused on sustainable,
profitable growth. This is why Bayer MaterialScience not
only places great importance on optimizing efficiency, but is also geared
towards innovations and creative system solutions.
Bayer Materialscience Business Units
Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants
Coatings, adhesives and sealant systems based on polyurethane
raw materials from Bayer
MaterialScience reliably protect surfaces against the effects of weather and
chemicals, while offering high-quality mechanical properties at the same time.
Environmentally-compatible Bayhydrol® and Bayhydur® coating raw materials, for
instance, have proved particularly successful in water-based polyurethane paint
High-grade Makrolon®, Makrofol® and Apec® polycarbonates,
together with the Bayblend® and Makroblend® polycarbonate blends, rank among Bayer MaterialScience's
best-sellers. These products are indispensable when it comes to the production
of automotive components, data carriers such as CDs and DVDs, and a large number
of other everyday items.
Polyurethanes are an integral part of many aspects of daily
life. Their broad application range extends from mattresses, via automobile
seats, refrigerator insulation and car bumpers, through to shoe soles. The key
product brands used here are Desmodur® and Desmophen®.
Thermoplastic polyurethanes unite the properties of
high-grade polyurethane elastomers with the efficient processability of
thermoplastics. Resins under the brand names Desmopan® and Texin® are used in
technical films and textile coatings, belts, hoses, cables and profiles, in the
automotive sector (interior, exterior, chassis), in a multitude of applications
in sports & leisure (e.g. ski and sport shoes and sport equipment) and last
but not least in agriculture, mechanical engineering and industrial
Inorganic Basic Chemicals
Inorganic basic chemicals constitute the backbone of
production at Bayer
MaterialScience. This is because chlorine and its by-products of caustic
soda, hydrogen and hydrochloric acid form the basis of many of the products that
the company manufactures.
Other Bayer Materialscience Companies
Hennecke, H.C Starck and Wolff Walsrode, which operate as
independent companies, round off the portfolio of high-grade products,
technologies and future-oriented know-how and represent true added value for
Additional expert companies, active on the market for
specific industries, are integrated in the organizational structure of the
individual business units.