Congratulations from all sides
Congratulate a plastic on its birthday? Unusual maybe, but perfectly logical when you think of the contribution Makrolon® has made to simplifying our everyday lives, helping sportsmen to achieve peak performances, inspiring artists, making scientists inventive, and creating cost-saving new ideas. Many people have therefore come forward to offer their congratulations.
Jens Nowotny, a member of the German soccer team and runner-up last year with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, wishes Makrolon® the best of luck for the future: "1:0 to Makrolon®! Thanks to the light-weight Makrolon® roof on our BayArena, our fans can watch the matches in the dry. And our grass is a rich, lush green because the plastic lets virtually all the sunlight through."
Congratulations, too, from the artist Svenja John, whose pieces of jewelry made of Makrolon® consistently fascinate visitors to the American Craft Museum in New York and the handicrafts museum in Berlin: "With Makrolon® film, I can turn my sculptural ideas into reality without making any compromises. Because the material is so light and because of the design freedom it gives me, I can attain dimensions of expression that would not be possible with conventional jewelry."
And Julius Gruner is also happy: "Now I no longer need to be afraid of injections at the dentist. I now get needle-free jabs with Makrolon® ampoules! Thank you Makrolon!"
Rahul Agrawal, a chemical engineer from India and upcoming student at Harvard University, has a big smile on his face as he extracts a CD-R from his light briefcase: "Happy Birthday! Thanks to Makrolon®, I don't need to drag important study documents around with me like reports, lectures and works of reference in paper form. I can easily burn them onto this tiny silver disc that weighs just 16 g."
Skiing star Martina Ertl, two-time silver medal winner at the Olympic Games and twelve-time World Cup winner, primarily has the safety aspect in mind as she offers her congratulations: "The Makrolon® lenses in my ski goggles always guarantee a clear view. That allows me to concentrate entirely on the subtleties of the piste when racing."
Prof. Rolf Mühlhaupt, Director of the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry at Freiburg University, where Nobel Prize winner Hermann Staudinger first laid the foundations for polymer chemistry, has no worries about the future of Makrolon®: "Even after 50 years, there is still enormous development potential in Makrolon® because of its well-balanced and unique range of properties that enable it to respond to new technological challenges. This is true, for example, of optical storage media and flexible solar modules."
When Nick Faldo, the international golf champion, thinks of Makrolon®, he thinks above all of the tee he himself developed, the Nick Faldo Laserline: "With Makrolon®, I was able to design it to give maximum accuracy when teeing off. This benefits both amateurs and professionals."
Prof. Dr. Jörg Vienken from Fresenius Medical Care AG in Bad Homburg also offers his congratulations, with his thoughts in particular going to patients with chronic kidney failure: "Without plastics like Makrolon®, life-saving dialysis treatment for several hundred thousand patients would certainly not be so technically mature and reliable."