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Baulé, a Bayer MaterialScience company

BAULÉ 1976 - 2008

The story of the company is linked to Michel Baulé, founder and President of the company.

Michel Baulé establishes a moulding company in 1976. After four years in a rubber company where he develops a cast PU division, he starts his own business focusing on market demands for technical applications which could be answered thanks to the outstanding properties of cast polyurethanes. The business grows steadily, becoming a leading cast PU moulder on the French market.

In the early 80s, Michel Baulé starts formulating prepolymers to fulfill specific demands for materials. During this step, the company sets up the TDI and MDI prepolymers currently used in the CPU moulding workshop. Antonio Alvarez and Michel Baulé were the corner stones of that time.

In the mid 80s, the company starts building some casting machines based on new concepts. After a fire which destroyed the whole plant, Mauro Modugno, in charge of maintenance, builds a first prototype of metering and mixing machines easier to maintain and more accurate.

In the late 80s the firm has a first range of prepolymers and a new concept of machines. Philippe Jeantin joins Michel Baulé as Technical Manager, originally in touch with the three activities: moulding, prepolymers and machines, and later focusing on the development of the prepolymer and machine businesses.

Thanks to a unique combination of machine-system-process expertise, BAULÉ is expanding rapidly.

1988 – 1990: Baulé promotes an innovative concept of three-component MDI quasi system processed on a single three-component machine programmed for a wide range of hardnesses.

1991 – 1992: Development of a high performance PTMEG system and multi component machines for Rotational Casting.

1993: First computer controlled machine with direct pigment and catalyst injection technology.

1996 – 2000: The present site is built and the prepolymer production facility is completed. Baulé strengthens its worldwide presence, creating Baulé U K Ltd and Baulé USA Llc.

2003: Baulé acquires Secmer to become one of their subsidiaries. Baulé also develops the Purexco activity for cold cast and filled systems within the Baulé U K subsidiary.

2005: Michel Baulé is awarded the "Grand Prix de l'Entrepreneur Rhône-Alpes" by Ernst & Young and the news magazine "l'Entreprise" for the consistency of the performances of the company, ranking 7 straight years among the best companies of the Rhône-Alpes region.

2006: Baulé creates a production site in China.
The site in Romans begins the production of Low Unreacted TDI prepolymers.

BAYER 1937 - 2008

The history of PUR is closely linked to BAYER as BAYER is the inventor of polyurethane in 1937. Otto Bayer develops the novel polyisocyanate-polyaddition process. MDI and NDI are synthesized.

The next decade is mostly marked by invention and research . Polyurethane lacquers, casting elastomers, PU adhesives for shoe soles and rigid polyurethane foams were developed. Also at that time Bayer realizes that it is not sufficient simply to offer new polyurethane products. A new branch of industry has first to be created in the market.

BAYER understands very early that the mastery of chemistry has to go hand in hand with developing process and mechanical engineering.

The two decades, 1950's and 1960's, clearly demonstrate the enormous potential of polyurethane for more and more new applications in all industries.

1950 – 1955: PUR elastomer is invented with the unique Vulkollan NDI based technology. The users quickly realize the outstanding abrasion and tear propagation resistance.

1964: High performance TDI polyester prepolymers are available for the market. Desmodur PU1641, known for many years as TEC41, becomes an industry standard for many applications in severe conditions and is still largely used today.

1970: A novel amine curative 1604 with friendly health and safety characteristics is offered to the market. It gives outstanding properties when reacted with TDI prepolymers.

From the beginning of the invention all activities have been based on environmental and safety conditions.

1979: Low free TDI polyester prepolymers are available. BAYER is one of the first companies manufacturing low free TDI prepolymers .

1980's: BMS invents the rotational casting method and first introduces it in the market in 1983.

1994: In order to improve productivity of rotational casting process, the slit nozzle allowing to dispense thick layers in one pass is developed and patented. This technique allows the covering of rolls in one pass only.

2006: BaySystems ® becomes an umbrella brand for Bayer MaterialScience's polyurethanes systems houses. The systems houses operating under the BaySystems name offer customer-specific product portfolios in their particular regions. By working together they can also accelerate the market launch of polyurethane innovations.

Baulé Joint Venture : 2008 - 2012

2008 : Bayer MaterialScience AG and Michel Baulé SA sign an agreement to merge their respective cast elastomer businesses into a joint venture named Baulé SAS, in which each company holds a 50 percent interest. The JV is headquartered in Romans, France and gathers BMS and Baulé cast elastomer businesses. Deliveries and technical support to customers all over the world are ensured by the joint venture’s French and German sites and their subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, the United States and China.

2009 : Baulé extends its global presence in Brazil, Mexico and Russia thanks to the BaySystems network resources and opens Shanghai Baulé, its sales and technical support entity in China. Michel Baulé SA, shareholder of Baulé, divests the moulding company Exsto and becomes Eximium.

2010 : Baulé strengthens its global presence and offers a large product range including innovative proprietary formulations and processing technologies .

Baulé, a Bayer MaterialScience company : since 2012

2012 : End of March 2012, Bayer MaterialScience has acquired the entire company Baulé. This full ownership represents its commitment to supporting the highly specialized elastomers and cast polyurethanes industries in the most effective way.