The reason RISE gear's hard luggage has an indestructible shell is because of the super strong material named Makrolon®, which is made by Bayer. Makrolon® is the most advanced luggage material availabe on the market today. It is the leading brand name for poly-carbonate. Our Makrolon® polycarbonate cases are the ultimate material to withstand extreme temperatures and resist impact during transit.


Bayer polycarbonate makes luggage lighter and more secure


"Travelling more comfortably – a new polycarbonate grade from Bayer reduces the weight of luxury suitcases." - UNWTO


According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), some one billion people traveled the globe in 2012. Thanks to increasing mobility, this number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion travelers a year by 2030. In light of this trend, manufacturers of suitcases and other travel articles anticipate rising demand for their products.

Makrolon® polycarbonate from Bayer Material Science offers a number of advantages, which can also be beneficial for holidaymakers this summer: The strong and durable plastic shell is much lighter than those of suitcases made of aluminum or other materials and provides reliable protection for the traveler’s belongings. Furthermore, the plastic can be colored in a variety of shades and shaped virtually at will in order to satisfy individual customer wishes.

Bayer has developed an extrudable polycarbonate grade to help keep suitcases looking good even after extensive travel. Makrolon® ET MS240 offers significantly better surface protection, making it the ideal material for RISE gear luggage cases.

“Bayer’s material innovations and on-site technical support were a tremendous advantage during the development of the scratch-resistant polycarbonate shell of the new RISE gear luggage cases,” says Sean Renshaw, Chief Operating Officer of RISE gear. "What better material can you find for great looking luggage that can survive a trip unscathed, only to return looking just as good as before?”

“The new Makrolon® grade is a scratch-resistant resin that can be formed into a suitcase shell in a single-step process,” said Godwin Suen, a Bayer expert for the production of travel articles in the Asia/Pacific region. “By broadening our portfolio and introducing a product with a significantly higher scratch resistance to the market, we have significantly widened the range of options available to suitcase manufacturers.” Hard-shell suitcases made from this product combine durability and light weight with a fashionable design. The surface feels smooth and comfortable to the touch.


Makrolon® Polycarbonate

Makrolon® polycarbonate

What do medical devices, automotive headlamps, sporting equipment, electronics, DVDs, eyewear, architectural glazing and LED lighting have in common? They’re among the diverse applications that rely on Makrolon® polycarbonate produced by Covestro, a high-performance thermoplastic that affects many lives on a daily basis. With an outstanding balance of properties, polycarbonate is one of the most versatile and successful thermoplastics ever.

The high-performance properties of Makrolon® polycarbonate (PC) make it a go-to material for applications in diverse industries.

Manufacturers rely on Makrolon® polycarbonate's unique combinations of properties. It is extremely robust, lightweight with glass-like transparency and is impact resistant – even at extremely low temperatures. It has a high dimensional stability and is easily molded, yet has excellent heat resistance with a glass transition temperature of up to 148ºC.

Products made out of polycarbonate boast a long life and allow efficient reusability. Stronger and lighter than glass, polycarbonate also provides energy and CO2 emmision savings. Furthermore, it reduces product losses due to breakage during distribution and use. Most post-production waste is mechanically recycled into “recyclate grade” polycarbonate blends.

Makrolon® polycarbonate continues to pave the way for tomorrow's product innovations.


We hope this helps you better understand why we chose material for your luggage. It is a guarantee of quality so that you can count on this luggage to be with you through all your travels.

-RISE team