Polycarbonate Sheet Diffuses and Distributes Light in Skylight Applications

Bayer MaterialScience LLC</a> has launched Makrolon SK polycarbonate sheet

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has launched Makrolon SK polycarbonate sheet.

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has launched Makrolon SK polycarbonate sheet, the first in a series of Daylighting Solutions materials. Makrolon SK polycarbonate prismatic textured sheet is optimized to diffuse and distribute light while maintaining a high level of light transmission, making it ideal for daylighting applications. In skylight applications, the material can be draped or thermoformed and has a higher impact resistance than acrylic or glass.

Two color options are available: clear or white. A grade incorporating a UV-enhanced cap layer is available as Makrolon SK1 polycarbonate sheet.

Makrolon SK polycarbonate sheet provides commercial skylight and daylighting system manufacturers with a high-impact-strength glazing material that allows for reductions in lighting costs due to its balance of light transmission and diffusion.

Applications such as commercial skylights, canopies, overhangs, awnings and covered pedestrian walkways can all benefit from the combination of outstanding properties offered by this single material solution.

Palram Americas Builds Logistics Center in Pennsylvania

Palram Americas, a manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, has broken ground on an 80,000-square-foot logistics center positioned directly next door to their Americas headquarters in Weisenberg Township, Kutztown, Pa.

“As demand for our products continue to grow, this dedicated logistics center will greatly increase our delivery capabilities,” states Mike Howser, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Palram Americas. “In addition, this expansion further entrenches our ability to be a provider of stable employment for the local community.”

This building is a $5 million construction project with two phases. Phase one consists of this logistic center and will include an additional 80,000 square feet of outside storage space. Another 80,000-square-foot building will be constructed during phase two and will be built sometime during the next 15 years. The general contractor for the project is Serfass Construction.

This new logistics center is just the latest building block of growth for the company. Palram opened its polycarbonate plant in Kutztown in 2000 and, during the ensuing years, built two large additions to this original plant. In 2007, Palram constructed an entire PVC manufacturing facility at the site. The logistics center is expected to be fully operational in July 2014.

Palram has won local newspaper The Morning Call‘s Reader’s Choice Award in 2009, 2011 and 2012 for the “Best Place to Work – Manufacturing.”