25 February 2002 00:00 [Source: ICB Americas]Bayer AG is using nanotechnology in a new family of flame retardants (FR). Based on a polycarbonate and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer, and consequently chlorine- and bromine-free, the new products in the Bayblend FR range can be used in a wide variety of applications from thin-wall technology, to high temperature applications to extrusion or thermoforming applications requiring a high-strength melt. By using a nanotechnological approach developed and patented by Bayer, FR remains entirely within the polymer matrix during processing.
Also, Bayer's paper colorants and chemicals business unit has opened a new technology center in Woodbridge, Conn. Built in 1999, the center is a former Bayer pharmaceutical research facility. It has been expanded to 25,000 square feet and is intended to centralize the paper colorants and chemicals business unit's technical activities in the Nafta region. The unit's global application technology group is also based at the center.
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