By Liz White
Whether it’s a niche use or a more general elastomer or foam product, the formulation experts at BayOne Urethane Systems llc can probably offer a polyurethane system to meet it.
But the group’s skills go far beyond formulating: since its customers no longer employ chemists, “when they run into a glitch,” they call BayOne, so on-site processing support is crucial also, said Mark Vanover, marketing manager with BayOne Urethane Systems, based in St Louis, Missouri.
One recent gap the group filled was to provide lightweight soling formulations for military boots, with better abrasion than the rubber soles they replaced.
Another lies in novel low-density flexible moulded foam formulations for office furniture based on MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate — see story below). In this use, “In one production trial and customer mould after another, we have been able to consistently come in at a 15-20 percent reduction in density,” said Vanover.
BayOne, which operates only in the US and Canada, was formed in 2003 to combine a urethane cold-cure systems unit acquired by polymer group PolyOne with certain pieces of BMS’s US systems operation.
Globally, most of BMS’s commodity systems for flexible and rigid foam are supplied via its BaySystems operation, a 30-unit strong global network of systems houses.
BayOne in the US, meanwhile, focuses on seven key areas; footwear, filters, cold-cast elastomers, rigid foams, flexible moulded…