WEB EXCLUSIVE: Transparent furniture is trendy, sparking increased demand from the furniture industry for transparent materials that are flame-retardant and—depending on the thickness of the material—can satisfy the requirements of the standards DIN 4102 Class B and UNI 9177 Class 1, particularly for use in public buildings. Bayer MaterialScience
AG in Germany (U.S. office in Pittsburgh) has launched two new polycarbonate grades that meet these requirements.
Makrolon FU1007 (FU stands for furniture) is easy flowing and thus suitable for more customized designs. Makrolon FU4007 is formulated for higher mechanical loads. Both grades include UV protection and are easy to process and color. “We developed both products at the request of furniture manufacturers with particular requirements for flame retardance due to use in public buildings,” says Matthias Rothe from Polycarbonate Marketing at Bayer MaterialScience AG. “This makes us the only supplier in this high-end market and rounds out our previous range of transparent plastics for the furniture industry.” Upon request, the company also supports customers with the design and trial production for such furniture applications.