Bayer reinforced polycarbonates enable the production of lightweight, ultra-thin laptops.
Bayer reinforced polycarbonates enable the production of lightweight, ultra-thin laptops.

The materials are also said to offer design freedom, and allow fast and efficient mass production.

The new reinforced polycarbonate solution from Bayer can address the needs of end consumers for lighter, thinner, more stylish, safe and sturdy mobile devices.

At the same time it enables manufacturers to save energy and time in the production process of the parts. One full set of housing can be produced in less than
1 minute.

Dr. Ning Hao, Material Engineer at IT company Lenovo

While traditional notebooks can weigh up to 2.6 kg and have a 3.5 cm profile thickness, the new ultra-thin laptop generation offers weights as low as 1.5 kg and a 2.1 cm profile thickness.

Bayer says its specially formulated reinforced polycarbonates can trim weight further to save up to 100 g, which is 1.4 kg in total weight. And they reduce profile thickness by 45%, meaning 1.4 cm or less.

The new material also comes in a range of colours and allows the laptop housings to achieve complex geometric structures (3D) and innovative surface textures (2D). Or it can be given a coating for a 'soft touch' feel.

  • Examples of laptop housings will also be shown at the K 2013 trade show (Düsseldorf, Germany, 16-23 October.