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For Immediate Release

EKO-FLOR composite flooring modules for trailers gain strength with polyurethane resin system from Bayer MaterialScience


March 9, 2010

Pittsburgh, March 9, 2010 — Due to the success of its EKO-FLOR product line, Conforce International, Inc., is adapting its cs-4 module for use in trailer products worldwide. The EKO-FLOR composite flooring systems utilize a proprietary two-component polyurethane resin system based on Baydur® PUL 2500 from Bayer MaterialScience LLC that offers significant strength and lightweight properties, which translates into an extended service life for the unit.

The EKO-FLOR cs-4 flooring modules, which have been well-received in the international shipping community, feature a tough, performance-extending wear layer jointly developed by Bayer MaterialScience LLC and Conforce. The Conforce team has taken the benefits of the cs-4 module and created the xts module, which gives a seamless shape that will better suit the tractor and trailer industry.

The composite flooring, formed from Baydur PUL 2500 polyurethane chemistry using the polyurethane pultrusion process, is 22 percent lighter than the traditionally used tropical hardwood and other wood-based materials used in trailer products. It is also significantly stronger, sustainable and non-porous when compared with conventional material. And because of its strength and toughness, the flooring requires less repair and maintenance, making it more cost effective over its service life.

"Our goal for this product is to make it standardized flooring for trailers, replacing wood over time," said Perry Pearlman, vice president, Business Development, Conforce International, Inc. "The EKO-FLOR xts is in a price neutral environment as compared with wood, yet it's lighter, stronger, and more durable which translates into improved fuel efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint."

Both EKO-FLOR xts and cs-4 modules are also highly resistant to the typical maintenance problems that plague wooden floor modules such as rot, mildew and insect infestation. Wood-based flooring can also be brittle at similar densities, whereas the composite modules have surpassed expectations and industry requirements during load testing. The EKO-FLOR xts meets and exceeds the Tractor Trailer Manufacturing Association Recommended Practices, which controls the rating of van trailers and container floors for lift truck loading. Similarly, EKO-FLOR cs-4 meets and exceeds ISO 1496 and IICL TB-001 strength and performance testing for ocean-going containers.

"The strength properties exerted by the EKO-FLOR are like nothing we've ever seen in a panel of this type," said Harry George, head, Diversified Industries, New Applications, NAFTA, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "Working with Conforce on this innovative product line has given us the opportunity to offer not only our materials, but also our technical know-how to help them with developing a top-notch product."

Currently in testing with tractor trailer manufacturers, Conforce estimates full commercial production of EKO-FLOR xts modules to begin in six months. Through the companies' alliance, Bayer MaterialScience LLC provides value-adding ongoing global product supply and technical support such as advanced design and material analysis, efficient production practices and other technical know-how to all Conforce manufacturing locations.

"Bayer MaterialScience LLC has been closely involved in production of the EKO-FLOR modules, most often physically at the plant, working hands-on during development," said Conforce president and CEO Marino Kulas. "They have engaged in finite element analysis, computer modeling, product testing and preliminary environmental studies. Their expertise and assistance has played an important role in bringing this product to market."

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with nearly 15,100 employees at 30 sites around the world and 2008 sales of 9.7 billion euros. 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, medical, and sports and leisure industries.

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC's line of polyurethane resins, call 1-800-662-2927, e-mail naftainfo@bayerbms.com or visit www.bayermaterialsciencenafta.com.

For more information about Conforce International Inc. and the EKO-FLOR cs4 and EKO-FLOR xts systems, visit www.conforce1.com.

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The EKO-FLOR composite flooring systems utilize a proprietary two-component polyurethane resin system from Bayer MaterialScience that offers significant strength and lightweight properties, which translates into an extended service life for the unit.


During internal testing, the strength characteristics of the panel surpassed industry standards.






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