Company supported by three main pillars

Successful trio

Although their products are very diverse, they share a strong focus on markets and customers: the three main business units of Bayer MaterialScience. They are supported by Industrial Operations and Administration and Services.


On the move together: All three business units are suppliers to the automotive industry.

Born of foam – the Polyurethanes Business Unit

Be it in upholstered furniture, refrigerators, ski boots or mattresses, polyurethane is a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. The material can be rigid and brittle or soft and flexible. Bayer MaterialScience develops and produces the necessary components: isocyanates and polyols. In 2013, the 4,800 employees in this business unit generated sales of roughly EUR 6.1 billion, or more than half of total company sales. In addition to high-volume basic products, customers also receive tailored solutions from a worldwide network of systems houses.

For more information on precursors for polyurethanes, including established brand names such Desmodur® and Desmophen®, click here.

Hard as nails and sharp as a tack – the Polycarbonates Business Unit

Transparent, shatterproof and easily shapeable, the premium plastic polycarbonate makes cars lighter, protects laptops and supports bold architecture. Some 3,600 employees generated sales of roughly EUR 2.6 billion in this business unit in 2013. In addition to granules, the company supplies prefabricated polycarbonate sheets and customer-specific blends from its global compounding centers.

For more information on polycarbonate, including established brand names such as Makrolon®, Apec® and Bayblend®, click here.

Glowing appearance – the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties Business Unit

Eco-friendly coatings that cure on exposure to UV radiation, adhesives that are both hard and flexible – these are just two examples of what is possible with raw materials and systems from Bayer MaterialScience. This business unit achieved sales of EUR 1.9 billion in 2013 with its 2,600 employees.

For more information on precursors for coatings, adhesives and sealants, including established brand names such as Bayhydrol®, click here.

A strong backbone – Industrial Operations

Safe plants, reliable raw material supplies, efficiency in managing resources: These activities and many more form the basis for smooth operations at Bayer MaterialScience. They are combined under Industrial Operations, which supports the business units and produces basic chemicals, such as chlorine, sodium hydroxide solution and hydrochloric acid. Industrial Operations generated EUR 680 million in sales in 2013 with some 1800 employees.

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