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High-tech plastic makes notebooks razor-thin

News International-French

16 Aug 2013

Casing thickness and weight considerably reduced with a total design freedom to achieve sleek and stylish forms

Light enough to be taken anywhere, razor-thin and stylish, powerful and long-lasting: this is what defines a new generation of laptops – the “ultra- notebooks”. They address the needs of today’s technology-savvy people on the move. To help producers meet these demands even better, Bayer MaterialScience is launching a new material solution for the housings: reinforced polycarbonates that offer lightness, durability, and total design freedom, and allow fast and efficient mass production.

”The new reinforced polycarbonate solution from Bayer can address the needs of end consumers for lighter, thinner, more stylish, safe and sturdy mobile devices,” says Dr. Ning Hao, Material Engineer at the IT company Lenovo. “At the same time it enables manufacturers to save energy and time in the production process of the parts. One full set of housing can be produced in less than one minute.”

While traditional notebooks can weigh up to 2.6 kg and have a 3.5 cm profile thickness, the new ultrathin laptop generation offers weights as low as 1.5 kg and only a 2.1 cm profile thickness. Bayer’ specially formulated reinforced polycarbonates can trim weight further to save up to 100 g, which is 1.4 kg in total weight. And they reduce profile thickness by 45%, meaning 1.4 cm or even less.

The new material also comes in a broad range of color choices and allows the laptop housings to achieve complex geometric structures (3D) and innovative surface textures (2D). Or it can be given a coating for a soft touch surface feeling.

About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2012 sales of EUR 11.5 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest polymer companies. 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 and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2012, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,500 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

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