Composites One to distribute Bayer's polyurethane resin systems

Composites One will provide distribution and sale of all fully formulated Bayer MaterialScience polyurethane systems developed for use in manufacturing composite parts in the U.S.

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Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Pittsburgh, Pa., USA) and Composites One (Arlington Heights, Ill., USA) announced on June 20 that they have reached a distribution agreement in which Composites One will sell Bayer MaterialScience’s polyurethane resin systems directly to composite parts manufacturers throughout the United States.

The agreement is effective immediately. It covers the distribution and sale of all fully formulated Bayer MaterialScience polyurethane systems developed for use in manufacturing composite parts, particularly those manufactured through the pultrusion, resin transfer molding (RTM), vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM), resin infusion, and filament winding processes. The agreement does not include sales of Bayer MaterialScience polyurethane raw materials. No further details of the agreement were released.

Greg Shymske, vice president of marketing for Composites One, says, “There are many opportunities in composites and the market is constantly looking for new materials that offer unique advantages. We are very involved with customers as they move from open-mold processing to closed-mold techniques and to use low-VOC chemistries. Consistent with these trends, polyurethane products offer real performance and environmental benefits over some of the chemistries traditionally used in the manufacture of composites, and we want to offer those benefits to our customers. Selling Bayer MaterialScience polyurethane systems will enable us to do so.”

“Composites One’s network of 32 strategically-located distribution and stocking centers will provide speedy local delivery and shorter order times to composite part manufacturers,” says Jerry MacCleary, head of the NAFTA Polyurethanes Marketing Business Unit, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “We feel this agreement will help us all grow, and enable Bayer polyurethane systems to reach markets that we previously could not.”

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