Bayer MaterialScience AG has acquired the worldwide marketing and usage rights for the Durflex track superstructure system from Hyperion Verwaltung GmbH.
The financial details have not been disclosed.
With 2008 sales of EUR 9.7 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world's largest polymer companies.
The superstructure system stabilises the ballast stones under rail tracks, thus enabling more cost-effective railroad operation in the long term. It is based on the flexible Bayflex polyurethane foam system from Bayer MaterialScience. (See: Bayer MaterialScience develops noise protection system through foamed track ballast layer)
Durflex was developed by Hyperion, drawing on the track-building expertise of its partner Frenzel-Bau of Freden, Germany, and in close cooperation with Bayer MaterialScience. It can be used for building new sections of track and for upgrading existing stretches.
''This innovative track construction system can be used to cut operating costs anywhere in the world,'' says Peter Vanacker, head of the polyurethanes segment and a member of the executive committee of Bayer MaterialScience. ''In extending the marketing concept for this system, we want to continue our successful partnership with Hyperion, Frenzel-Bau and the other companies involved, but are also looking forward to establishing new agreements with German and international track construction companies and network operators.''