Monday - September 15, 2014

High-tech material from Bayer for better images

Smart plastic for camera smartphones

Polycarbonate also key material for action cameras

Leverkusen, September 15, 2014 – Smartphones have long been a popular choice for photography, too. The focus now is on further improving the image quality, for example with better flashes. A particularly high-performance plastic from Bayer is helping to make this possible, resulting in photos with greater clarity and truer colors. At this year’s photokina in Cologne, the leading international imaging trade fair, the camera phones are sharing the spotlight with “action cameras.” Materials from Bayer make these products exceptionally rugged and safe.

In the smartphone segment, demand is growing for products that deliver top-quality photos. As a result, LED lenses for camera flashes are becoming increasingly important. Bayer MaterialScience has therefore developed a material solution that extends the service life of the lenses. Conventional materials, by comparison, are softer and therefore more easily damaged. Not only that, the Bayer innovation also improves image quality.

Crystal clear and optimal formability

The plastic behind this is Apec®, a special polycarbonate that combines a range of properties such as light weight, good formability, high transparency and, particularly important, outstanding heat resistance.

Polycarbonate, which Bayer invented some 60 years ago, is also being used in the action camera segment. These cameras are most commonly used for capturing images of outdoor activities. Sports cameras that are particularly well-suited for challenging sports such as surfing and snowskating feature numerous components made from the plastic, including the waterproof housing that enables dives of up to 60 meters.

About Bayer MaterialScience:
With 2013 sales of EUR 11.2 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 2013, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,300 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

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