Guess what bullet-proof glass is made of? Yup, polycarbonate.

Makrolon 100% Polycarbonate


The lightest and strongest material

"Travelling more comfortably – a new polycarbonate grade from Bayer reduces the weight of luxury suitcases." - UNWTO


According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), some one billion people traveled the globe in 2012. Thanks to increasing mobility, this number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion travelers a year by 2030. In light of this trend, manufacturers of suitcases and other travel articles anticipate rising demand for their products.

Makrolon® polycarbonate from Bayer Material Science offers a number of advantages, which can also be beneficial for holidaymakers this summer: The strong and durable plastic shell is much lighter than those of suitcases made of aluminum or other materials and provides reliable protection for the traveler’s belongings. Furthermore, the plastic can be colored in a variety of shades and shaped virtually at will in order to satisfy individual customer wishes.

What do medical devices, automotive headlamps, sporting equipment, electronics, DVDs, eyewear, architectural glazing and LED lighting have in common? They’re among the diverse applications that rely on Makrolon® polycarbonate produced by Covestro, a high-performance thermoplastic that affects many lives on a daily basis. With an outstanding balance of properties, polycarbonate is one of the most versatile and successful thermoplastics ever.

The high-performance properties of Makrolon® polycarbonate (PC) make it a go-to material for applications in diverse industries.

Manufacturers rely on Makrolon® polycarbonate's unique combinations of properties. It is extremely robust, lightweight with glass-like transparency and is impact resistant – even at extremely low temperatures. It has a high dimensional stability and is easily molded, yet has excellent heat resistance with a glass transition temperature of up to 148ºC.

Products made out of polycarbonate boast a long life and allow efficient reusability. Stronger and lighter than glass, polycarbonate also provides energy and CO2 emmision savings. Furthermore, it reduces product losses due to breakage during distribution and use. Most post-production waste is mechanically recycled into “recyclate grade” polycarbonate blends.

Makrolon® polycarbonate continues to pave the way for tomorrow's product innovations.