BMS’s high performance plastic sheets chosen for Japan reconstruction project

Bayer MaterialScience’s (BMS) high-performance plastic sheets have been chosen for an agricultural reconstruction project in the disaster area of earthquake and tsunami-stricken northeast Japan.

The material is used in a new greenhouse of a local farming corporation called VEGi-Dream Kuhara, which has been set up by subsidiary companies of Toyota Motor Corporation in cooperation with the local government.

The transparent multiwall polycarbonate sheets have been selected mainly due to their good thermal insulation.

The Toyota-led reconstruction project intends to make agricultural production more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Hence, the new greenhouse is using waste heat from a nearby Toyota automobile plant for warm water generation.

The greenhouse serves for growing paprika for domestic use. Since more than 90% of the Japanese paprika market consists of imported products, the project also aims at increasing the self-sufficiency of the population with agricultural goods.

The plastic sheets are lightweight, durable, easy to install and , as distinct from glass, unbreakable.

The material is also used in the construction sector , such as in roof constructions, as well as in other application areas in transportation, consumer electronics and medical technology.

In a related event, Bayer has provided nearly EUR2.3 million in aid to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. In the immediate wake of the catastrophe, the company provided emergency relief in cash and in-kind donations. Bayer also supports reconstruction projects through the Bayer Cares Foundation.


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