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CARB Phase II compliant binders for wood composites from Bayer MaterialScience

Published on 2009-02-12. Author : SpecialChem

Pittsburgh -- Manufacturers of wood composites seeking binder materials that are compliant with the newest California Air Resource Board (CARB) environmental regulations need to look no further than Bayer MaterialScience's Mondur® polymeric MDI. The MDI binder is already being used successfully as a replacement for formaldehyde-emitting binders in flooring, cabinetry and other furniture applications. These panel products meet CARB Phase II requirements regarding the level of formaldehyde emissions.

"Without sacrificing wood panel physical properties or mill productivity, Mondur® MDI offers the best CARB-compliant value proposition for our customers," said Eric Denison, vice president, Rigid/Specialties Raw Materials, Bayer MaterialScience. "We are pleased to be able to respond to our customers' needs while at the same time promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility, both of which have always been top priorities at Bayer MaterialScience. We stand behind our product with both technical and health, safety, environmental and quality support."

The first phase of the CARB regulations began Jan. 1, 2009, with the second phase going into effect two years later. The regulations limit the amount of formaldehyde that particle board, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and other wood composite products can emit.

"Manufacturers looking to make a smooth transition to CARB-compliant NAF (No Added Formaldehyde) materials, as well as gaining LEED points, can turn to Mondur® MDI and Bayer MaterialScience with confidence," concluded David Baily, market manager for Particle Board and MDF, Bayer MaterialScience.

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 nearly 15,400 employees at 30 sites around the world and 2007 sales of 10.4 billion euros. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of 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. Our inorganic basic chemicals unit produces chlorine and related essential products for the chemicals industry.

Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. In North America, Bayer had 2007 net sales of 8.1 billion euros and employed 16,800 at year end. Bayer's three subgroups, Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience and Bayer MaterialScience, improve people's lives through a broad range of essential products that help diagnose, prevent and treat diseases; protect crops and enhance yields; and advance automobile safety and durability.

Source: Bayer MaterialScience

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