04/03/2012

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Bayer holds third contest for technical papers in the urethane CAS sector

After the final round of presentations from 15 finalists, three were awarded first prizes. Each first prize thesis was awarded CNY 10,000 and the winners will be invited to the Asia Pacific Coatings Show 2012. The winning papers covered topics from adhesives used in E-paper, waterborne wood coatings to applications of carbon nanotubes.[image_0] "This year, we have a lot of submissions on the topics of eco-friendly coatings, adhesives and specialities raw materials and some are about applications in the areas normally regarded as ‘new' to our industry,” said Dr. Taijiang Gui, General Engineer/Vice Director of Marine Chemical Research Institute, chairman of the judging panel. "For example, one of the first prize winners wrote about adhesives used in electronic products, which is very innovative and was eye-opening for us as well.” Many finalists found the contest not only an opportunity to present their creative ideas for the industry but also a platform for technical exchanges and a precious opportunity to have their innovative ideas reviewed by industry experts. "I truly appreciate the opportunity offered by Bayer MaterialScience which expands my professional horizon,'' said Songli Wei, one of the first-prize winners. "At this platform, I got to know so many experts in this industry and their valuable inputs will help me improve my work.” The judging panel comprised of top industrial leaders and academic gurus from renowned companies and institutions such as Tsinghua University, China South University of Science and Technology, Anhui University, China Academy of Construction Science, National Coatings Industrial Association, Changzhou Coatings Research Institute, Huarun Coatings Group, the Jotun Group as well as from Bayer MaterialScience. For Bayer MaterialScience, organising this contest not only demonstrates its commitment to innovation and sustainability but also increases the awareness about its products in the industry. "Bayer MaterialScience, as the leader in its industry, keeps innovation at the heart of its strategy to develop and offer sustainable solutions to address the challenges posed by the global mega trends such as population growth, climate change and the protection of our precious environment,” said Samir Hifri, Senior Vice President of the CAS Business Unit Bayer MaterialScience Asia Pacific. "[…] we take these challenges seriously and see them as an opportunity to build on our long innovative tradition to offer a wide range of concrete solutions to our industry in various market segments.” Since 2009 China has become the largest manufacturing and consuming country for coatings materials and the industry is enjoying an impressive average growth rate of 10 % per year. However, it still lags behind developed countries in terms of research and devolpment. Through this contest, Bayer MaterialScience aims to discover more talents in the industry and encourage their innovation to benefit the sustainable development of the industry. This contest has proved to be a win-win event for both the participants and the organiser. With support from Bayer MaterialScience, some of the creative ideas from the previous two contests, held in 2007 and 2009, have been merged into business solutions such as car refinishing, wood coatings, corrosion protection, air transportation, railway and marine engineering.

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