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Bayer Launches Makrolon® SK Polycarbonate Sheet Line Optimized for Daylighting

Published on 2014-11-17. Author : SpecialChem

NEW ORLEANS -- 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.

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.

Source: Bayer

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