BERND STEINHILBER
Former Head of Functional Films
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Bayer MaterialScience, the materials division of the Bayer Group, is one of the world’s largest polymer companies. Bayer MaterialScience stands for the link between "Science", the knowledge which provides us with the driving force for our innovative and sustainable solutions, and "Material" which we use and develop for new products and new markets.

BERND STEINHILBER "Two important principles for Bayer Material-Science are to provide quality products and solutions for our customers and to create a culture of openness and trust. I believe we achieve both these goals with this award. Driven by the mega trends of globalization and urbanization, the growth market of logistics takes on special importance for material solutions with the change to the "internet of things". This requires new solutions in packaging and handling. The Functional Films business opens up entirely new possibilities and opportunities in terms of interdisciplinary thinking and acting. This is why the Functional Films team was assembled from diverse Bayer MaterialScience departments and regions, thereby implementing diversity as a key driver for fresh ideas and a global perspective. Through the award, we have shared our material development targets and visions with young designers for the creation of new market-oriented product concepts. We would now like to share these inspiring results with our customers."