Covestro Deutschland AG

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 60 , 51373 Leverkusen
Germany

Telephone +49 214 60092000, Stand: 0211 229752-0
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19.10.2016

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12:00 - 12:30

Covestro Talk Automotive: "Concept car K 2016 – revolutionary lighting through seamless design and materials"

Talk Participants:
Demian Horst, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Sweden
Steffen Pietzonka, Hella
Paul Platte, Covestro
Rainer Hagen, Covestro
Jochen Hardt, Covestro

Language: English

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15:00 - 15:30

Covestro Key Note Automotive: "Magic / revealed: Pushing the boundaries of future automotive design"

Key Note Speaker:
Demian Horst, MFA Programme Director,
Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden

Language: English

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20.10.2016

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12:00 - 12:30

Covestro Talk Science Celebration Award: "CO2 – slow-go or attractive building block for the plastics industry? "

Talk Participants:
Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH
Dr. Alexis Bazzanella, DECHEMA e.V.
Henriette Naims, IASS Potsdam
Dr. Karsten Malsch, Covestro

Language: English

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16:45 - 17:15

Covestro Key Note Science Celebration Award: "More CO2 for less CO2: On Life-Cycle Assessment of CO2 utilization "

Key Note Speaker:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Bardow,
RWTH Aachen University / Lehrstuhl für Technische Thermodynamik

Language: English

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21.10.2016

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12:00 - 12:30

Covestro Key Note Sustainability: "Solar Impulse: How to achieve the impossible"

Key Note Speaker:
Bertrand Piccard; Solar Impulse

Language: English

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15:00 - 15:30

Covestro Talk Sustainability: "Carbon Productivity: Key Element In Your Growth Strategy"

Talk Participants:
Richard Northcote, Covestro 
John Elkington, Volans
Jean-Marc de Royere, Air Liquide

Language: English

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22.10.2016

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12:00 - 12:30

Covestro Talk Construction: "Energiewende" without efficiency?

Talk Participants:
Dr. Andreas Huter, Puren gmbH
Christian Noll, DENEFF e.V.
Dr. Rolf Roers, Covestro

Language: English

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15:00 - 15:30

Covestro Key Note Construction: "Neue Strömungen in der Architektur und Chancen für die Materialentwicklung"

Key Note Speaker:
Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Blum M.Arch.; Fachhochschule Münster, MSA

Language: German

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23.10.2016

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12:00 - 12:30

Covestro Key Note Fashion: "Green chemistry in the sportswear industry"

Key Note Speaker:
John Frazier, Hohenstein Institute America

Language: English

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15:00 - 15:30

Covestro Key Note Fashion: "Design for new customer, for new market."

Key Note Speaker:
Dr. soc. Janina Urussowa, Bezgraniz Couture

Language: English

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24.10.2016

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12:00 - 12:30

Covestro Talk Design Makeathon: "Covestro Makeathon"

Talk Participants:
Adam Pajonk
Mirek Claßen
David Hartgenbusch
Mara Holterdorf

Language: German

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15:30 - 16:00

Covestro Key Note Design Makeathon: "The future & how to get there. Future trends in materials."

Key Note Speaker:
Chris Lefteri, Chris Lefteri Design Ltd

Language: English

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25.10.2016

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12:00 - 12:30

Covestro Key Note Electronics: "Importance of thermoplastic composites in electronics "

Key Note Speaker:
Nick Abbatiello, Dell Technologies

Language: English

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15:00 - 15:30

Covestro Key Note Electronics: "Engineering the future in appliances"

Key Note Speaker:
Brendan Keeley, Dyson Ltd.

Language: English

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26.10.2016

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12:00 - 12:30

Covestro Key Note 3D Printing: "How Machines, Materials and Software enable new applications for Additive Manufacturing "

Key Note Speaker:
Raphael Stargrove, Autodesk

Language: English

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15:00 - 15:30

Covestro Talk 3D Printing: "3D-Printing - Implications on design"

Talk Participants:
Xiaofan Luo, Polymaker
Raphael Stargrove, Autodesk
Dr. Toon Roels, Materialise
Thomas Buesgen, Covestro
David Hartmann, Covestro

Language: English

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Polyisocyanurate foams

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Polyurethane casting resins flexible foams-systems

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Polyurethane casting prepolymer binder resins

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Extra springs made of micro-celled Potyurethane Elastomers

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Sep 16, 2016

Creative design with plastics

Covestro is looking to make the world a brighter place with its innovative and sustainable developments. To do so, it must first know the exact needs of consumers and other partners along the various value chains. It is then up to designers to breathe life into the initial ideas and add aesthetic and functional qualities so as to create marketable products. In many sectors, it is the designers who ultimately select the material. 

Creative minds can be inspired to come up with completely new ideas if they are familiar with the properties of plastics. Covestro has therefore set itself the goal of imparting its product knowledge to designers while at the same time gaining a better understanding of their needs. “We would like to significantly step up our dialog with designers,” said Rebecca Heil, who is in charge of Covestro’s designer network and Idea.Lab. “In addition to existing contacts with industrial designers, we’re also increasingly approaching talented university students.”

First Covestro Makeathon
One particular project aimed at encouraging this dialog is the first Covestro Makeathon, which the company recently organized to coincide with the K 2016 plastics trade fair. The word is a combination of the words “make” and “marathon.” Both accurately describe the atmosphere at this mammoth creative event at Münster School of Architecture. 

No fewer than 24 architecture and product/industrial/accessory/graphic design students spent five days working with Covestro plastics and discovering completely unexpected applications for the established products. Peter Zehetbauer, initiator and head of the project, summarizes,“This week with the students was a great success. For the future, we are looking forward to further activities of this kind.”

The most exciting and inspiring ideas can be admired at the Covestro stand at K 2016, with exhibits focusing on construction, health, sports and fashion. 

Hands-on materials
Another way of discovering the fascinating properties of Covestro’s materials is to head for the new Sample Bar at the company’s stand. Visitors will be able to play around with the materials and go on a journey of discovery that involves looking, listening and touching. They will encounter a kaleidoscope of colors and color effects, surfaces with different structures, hard and soft materials, and plastics that feel warm or cold depending on their thermal conductivity.

“Please do join us to find out how your visions can become a reality,” says Heil, who is also responsible for the Sample Bar. In collaboration with an external agency, she is currently also developing a Sample app. Visitors and customers who install this on their cell phones will have access anytime and anywhere to further details about selected products. 

Innovative design concept for electric cars
At K 2016, Covestro will also be presenting a seminal concept for designing electric vehicles. It was developed in close collaboration with design students and partners in the automotive industry. Students from the distinguished Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden and the Northern Works design agency in Finland were invited to Leverkusen. 

With technical support from Covestro experts, they developed completely new ideas for design and functionality that transcend the borders between design and material and play a key role in the design of the concept vehicle.

Design Day at the Covestro stand
Given the importance of design aspects, Covestro is devoting an entire day of K 2016 to the key topic of design. On Monday, October 24, Makeathon participants along with students from the Umeå Institute of Design and Northern Works will be visiting. 

Dr. Ulrich Liman, who is in charge of the Covestro stand, will also be welcoming Annabel Burton, the winner of this year’s Design Innovation in Plastics award. The British product design student has helped improve the safety of horses and their riders by creating a new quick-release surcingle buckle using a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro. The company is the main sponsor of the competition.
 
A further highlight of Design Day will be a presentation by designer Chris Lefteri. He will be reporting on how plastics influence design solutions but also, conversely, on how design concepts can initiate the development of new materials. 

Design conference at K 2016
To accompany K 2016, Messe Düsseldorf is organizing the Design Chain @ K conference, which is devoted to practical and technical aspects of design using plastics. Covestro is one of the main sponsors supporting the event, and Heil will be giving a presentation about innovative material solutions, providing an insight into innovation and co-creation at Covestro. “As well as intensifying our contacts with designers, we’re also looking to speed up development processes in materials research,” she explains. 

Be sure to visit us at the K 2016 plastics trade fair from October 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Hall 6, Stand A 75. Find more information at http://www.k2016.covestro.com/.

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Sep 16, 2016

DirectCoating: Seamless integration of light and haptics

DirectCoating/DirectSkinning technology meets the requirements of car buyers and manufacturers alike. While consumers prefer a personalized vehicle interior with a premium appearance and an attractive design, the automotive industry is looking to manufacture components efficiently. Interest in this new technology is thus growing steadily, and it is now used in series production. 

At the K 2016 plastics trade fair, Covestro will be showcasing the prototype of a new design for a steering wheel cover. This development features a wide range of colors, surface structures and tactile properties that can be reproduced on the same component from a single mold using DirectCoating.

One mold for color, surface and feel
The coated component is produced in a two-component mold using a two-stage process in an injection molding machine. Having undergone injection molding in the first cavity, the plastic substrate is then transferred to a second cavity that is one coating layer thickness larger. The solvent-free coating system is injected into this mold via a RIM (reaction injection molding) mixing head. This creates a polyurethane-coated component with outstanding properties that requires virtually no post-processing.

“Compared with conventional combination of injection molding and subsequent spray coating, the integrated process offers great potential for reducing logistics effort, energy consumption and space. This and an impressive degree of design freedom is where the significant added value of the process lies,” said Dr. Johannes Scherer, head of Covestro’s DirectCoating/DirectSkinning program.

Virtually unlimited design freedom
The component itself can be transparent, translucent or opaque. Its surface can be coated in various colors, decorated with a matte or high-gloss finish or protected with scratch-resistant functional coatings. There are also various tactile and surface structuring options. 

This is another advantage direct coating has over spray coating. The injected coating can also reproduce contours such as sharp or rounded edges and raised surfaces because it accurately depicts the mold surface. Ultrafine grain patterns with a sharp contrast between high-gloss and matte areas are one possible variant. 

Located in the driver’s direct field of vision, the steering wheel cover meets the most demanding appearance requirements. The cover’s 3D geometry also demonstrates the flexibility of the process in producing curved surfaces. This can be transferred to other components, too. The development is part of an integrated Covestro material concept for the design of automotive interiors that addresses current trends. The company has developed Bayblend® and Makroblend® polycarbonate blends as well as Desmodur® and Desmophen® polyurethane coating raw materials for the direct coating technology. 

Precise coating filling simulation
Advance computation of mold filling with the polyurethane coating is possible based on a material data set for Moldflow® simulation created by Covestro. The simulation model considers various influencing factors so that problems such as air pockets can be prevented. Trials with the model have now reached the stage where Covestro is offering its customers and their mold makers the project service of computing the ideal sprue and vent design for the coating component. 

At K 2016, Covestro will be showcasing a design variant with a thin illuminated strip that highlights the contour of the steering wheel cover and produces an ambient light effect. This is achieved by leaving the translucent thermoplastic substrate uncoated in the area of the strip. A light source fitted behind the substrate can then shine through the strip to create this delightful visual effect. In a subsequent step, Covestro is planning a combination of DirectCoating with printed electronics, for the purpose of further functional integration. 

Visit us at the K 2016 plastics trade fair from October 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Hall 6, Stand A 75. Find more information at http://www.k2016.covestro.com/.

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Aug 12, 2016

Wearables with intelligence and comfort

They’re flat, flexible and inconspicuous, but very intelligent – small electronic devices that are affixed to the skin like a patch, providing support for consumers when they’re taking part in sports and leisure activities or treating medical conditions. Such wearables have enormous market potential, even though there are still a few hurdles to clear. Covestro is driving the development forward with integral and sustainable material solutions that make the wearables more comfortable to wear while also enabling further areas of application. 

An important target group for wearables are consumers who are personally committed to safeguarding their health and well-being. The little devices can ascertain their level of physical fitness, measure body temperature and pulse rate, and evaluate the quality of sleep. It’s expected that in the future, improved and even smarter products will also play a supporting role in medical diagnoses and treatments, and even deliver medications in accurate dosages. This would require them to remain on the skin for extended periods and be comfortable to wear. 

The right mix of materials guarantees outstanding comfort
“Consumers want wearables that cling gently to the skin, and that are also breathable and hypoallergenic,” says Gerd Büschel, a films expert at Covestro. “We’re meeting this need with a clever combination of different materials. The patch is affixed to the wearer by means of a skin-friendly, breathable adhesive, which also is solvent-free and water-repellent. For this the company is offering custom-tailored polyurethane (PU) raw materials. 

A film made of thermoplastic polyurethane, frequently in combination with a thermoplastic PU foam, forms the outer envelope. In addition to protecting the electronics and ensuring comfort for the wearer, this layer must be as thin as possible to prevent build-up of the adhesive bond. The Covestro products also make it easy to embed the sensor in the patch, by using thermoplastic processing technologies – without resorting to additional wet chemistry.

A competent partner
Covestro has a broad spectrum of know-how when it comes to the materials and their processing, and the company is looking for partners along the value chain who are interested in pursuing and coordinating further projects. “It’s developments like this that are helping us make the world a brighter place,” says Büschel. 

Soon wearables may play a role not only during leisure activities, but also in the workplace, for example in hospitals, industrial facilities and businesses. 

Be sure to visit us at the K 2016 plastics trade fair from October 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Hall 6, Stand A 75. You will find more information at http://www.k2016.covestro.com/.

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Aug 11, 2016

Smart electronics for smart clothing

Covestro is showcasing an item of luminous clothing at the K 2016 plastics trade fair. LEDs make it truly stand out, but can also perform key functions such as protecting pedestrians and cyclists against accidents. What makes it special is that the light-emitting diodes are not positioned on a panel or strip, but on a piece of soft fabric. 

At the center of the development is an electronic system that is responsive to movements without losing its functionality. The system comprises a flexible and formable film made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro. The TPU is the substrate for the printed copper circuits, which are arranged in a meandering pattern and can thus also be bent and stretched. 

Intelligent technology
Smart circuits are manufactured using an efficient, multi-stage process. First, copper films are laminated onto the polyurethane films. The printed circuits are produced in a subsequent structuring operation featuring highly effective adhesion. The coated films are then shaped as required using conventional thermoforming. 

“The films are resistant to standard etching and imaging processes,” said Covestro film expert Wolfgang Stenbeck. “Formable electronic systems can also be directly laminated onto textiles, as in the case of the luminous dress.” 

The production technology was developed as part of various projects funded by the EU Commission, among them STELLA and TERASEL. The objective is to produce 2.5-dimensional electronic circuits cost-effectively using conventional forming processes. The freely formed components can be integrated seamlessly into energy-efficient electronic components. They can be processed using standard PCB industry equipment and are also suitable for applications with higher currents or voltages. 

The smart circuits meet a whole range of other customer needs and are thus ideal for applications in a variety of industries. Compared to conventional electronic components, they offer greater design freedom and reliability while enabling more sustainable products due to the reduced use of materials. 

From functional underwear to automotive interiors
The technology opens up an extremely wide range of options for smart textiles alone. Besides fashion items such as the luminous dress, freely formable electronic systems are already in use in underwear, where they monitor heart rate and breathing. They assist patients with therapy and help athletes monitor their training. 

TERASEL technology also enables production of modular automotive interior components in which all functions are already integrated. This reduces complexity in assembly, cuts costs and shortens time to market. It also clears the way for new lighting concepts in automotive interiors and buildings, where designers and architects can position LEDs exactly where they are needed most. 

In consumer electronics, smart circuits are supporting the trend toward increased miniaturization of components, as they can be incorporated directly into the outer shell of products. 

Stretchable circuit board (SCB) technology for manufacturing stretchable electronic circuits was developed earlier as part of the European STELLA project. This was led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) and the Technical University of Berlin. Coated TPU films can be stretched repeatedly up to 60 percent, and on a one-time basis by as much as 300 percent. 

Visit us at the K 2016 plastics trade fair from October 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Hall 6, Stand A 75. Find more information at http://www.k2016.covestro.com/.

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Aug 2, 2016

Like floating on air: Inflatable seat cushions with Covestro films boost comfort of aircraft seats

It’s true that flying is the fastest form of transportation, but over long distances it can be pretty exhausting. Aircraft seats with air-filled cushions are helping to ease the strain. They offer passengers much greater comfort than conventional seats using foam and are also exceptionally light. Lantal, a Swiss supplier serving the aviation industry, has developed a sophisticated system that uses films made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro. 

Air travelers can individually adjust the firmness of their seats or backrests as desired, simply by further inflating the cushions or releasing air from them. The extremely elastic and flexible TPU films ensure that the pressure inside the cushions is optimally distributed. “It’s with innovations like this that we want to make the world a brighter place,” says Wolfgang Stenbeck, Product & Application Manager for specialty films at Covestro. “In addition to developing the material, we also supported Lantal with our processing know-how.”

An efficient solution

Lightweight seats benefit not only airlines, but also the environment. That’s because when compared with conventional foam cushions, weight savings of up to three kilograms per seat can be achieved in business class, and as much as five kilos in first class. “That saves fuel and reduces CO2 emissions,” says Andreas Gühmann, Technology Director for Pneumatic Comfort Systems at Lantal. “And the system requires zero maintenance, which helps to further reduce operating costs.” 

Airlines also are using the seats to better position themselves in a ferociously competitive market – in the knowledge that such a high degree of comfort is valued particularly by customers for the more expensive seating categories.

Considering these advantages, it’s no wonder many top airlines are choosing seats with the pneumatic comfort system (PCS) from Lantal. The technology has already demonstrated its impressive reliability during years of use in 170 aircraft. 

Endurance test passed

Swiss aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg completed a very grueling endurance test in the seat aboard their Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft. The trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Seville alone took over 70 hours. Covestro is an official partner in the project, and the company’s development of the innovative, sustainable material was an important contribution to the first around-the-world flight powered by the energy of the sun. 

Be sure to visit us at the K 2016 plastics trade fair from October 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Hall 6, Stand A 75. Find more information at http://www.k2016.covestro.com/.

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Aug 2, 2016

Covestro starts brand launch for CO2 products

By using the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to synthesize plastics, Covestro is helping to preserve increasingly scarce fossil resources and close the carbon loop. The company has developed a new technology for using CO2 to make substances, which are then used for the manufacture of premium foams. Under the new brand name cardyon®, Covestro now offers partners in the polyurethane industry the opportunity of reducing their dependence on oil and thus the size of their carbon footprint. 

“Our customers want more sustainable raw materials, but also the same high product quality they achieved with conventional components,” explained project manager Dr. Karsten Malsch. “cardyon® is an equal alternative to conventional products. At the same time, customers can set themselves apart from the competition with our product.” 

Award-winning development

The technology also impressed EUROPUR, the European association of flexible polyurethane foam blocks manufacturers. At the association's 50th anniversary conference, it selected Covestro as winner of this year's Sustainability Award. Jean-Pierre de Kesel, chief sustainable innovation officer at Recticel, spoke on behalf of the jury, praising the outstanding contribution made by innovations of this kind to reducing the industry's ecological footprint. The award was presented in cooperation with the trade journal Urethanes Technology International.

Covestro will soon be commencing operation of the first production plant for CO2-based polyether polyols at its Dormagen site. The facility will produce raw materials for products such as the flexible polyurethane foams used in mattresses and upholstered furniture. 

Covestro is collaborating with partners in industry and academia to develop further components and potential applications for CO2-based polyurethanes.

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Aug 1, 2016

Covestro sharpens focus on sustainability

Covestro is launching a comprehensive program to further sharpen its focus on sustainable development. The materials manufacturer has established five measurable targets it wants to achieve by 2025, covering processes and products as well as research and development. The program also addresses suppliers, customers and consumers. The company aims to develop new partnerships and business models to help improve the lives of ten million people in underserved markets. Other focal points are resource conservation and climate protection. 

“Our five new targets cleary demonstrate how much sustainable development will drive our business in the future,” said CEO Patrick Thomas. “We are embedding sustainability at the heart of our strategy and anchoring it firmly throughout our entire company. At the same time we aim to assist others throughout the entire value-added chain to the end consumer. Together we can master the major challenges of our time and make the world a brighter place, which is both the vision and purpose of Covestro.” 

Suppling underserved markets 

In keeping with this vision, the company has undertaken to improve the living conditions of ten million disadvantaged people primarily in developing and emerging countries by the year 2025. Covestro is working with customers, governmental and non-governmental organizations to develop solutions based on its materials, enabling affordable housing, preventing food spoilage and improving hygiene.

As a result, sustainability is a key driver behind innovation at Covestro. The company intends to dedicate four-fifths of its research and development expenditures to delivering sustainability solutions through to 2025. The respective projects will take into account the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations and are to be achieved together with, or with the support of, recognized institutions. 

50 percent less greenhouse gases 

Covestro intends to halve direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 per metric ton of product relative to 2005 emissions by 2025. The company had previously set a target of a 40 percent reduction by 2020, but thanks to numerous improvements in production had already almost achieved this in 2015. 

Focusing on carbon, Covestro aims to use the this key element as intelligently as possible and generate from it the greatest possible value. In a first step, the company plans to develop a measurement methodology in collaboration with business partners and recognized institutions.

Also, Covestro will work with its larger suppliers for them to comply fully with its sustainability requirements. A deadline of 2025 has been set for full attainment of this target. Through this initiative, Covestro also wants to help suppliers improve their own sustainability efforts.

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Aug 1, 2016

Covestro develops new materials for 3D printing

3D printing is a fascinating method for designing three-dimensional parts of complex geometry on computer, and then using the CAD data to manufacture the parts on a special 3D printer. Prototypes and samples can be fabricated layer by layer at a reasonable cost.

After recognizing the advantages of these additive manufacturing processes, industry now also views them as a major opportunity for efficient mass production of complex or individualized parts. 

3D printing has to clear some hurdles before it can go into more widespread use. One key issue is the lack of suitable materials. While over 3,000 materials [1] are available for conventional component manufacturing, only about 30 are available for 3D printing. 

New materials for all common 3D methods

Covestro, a world leader in polymer technology, currently is developing a comprehensive range of filaments, powders and liquid resins for all common 3D printing methods. 

The company markets products with a variety of properties like toughness and heat resistance as well as transparency and flexibility that support a number of new applications. Covestro's efforts will make a key contribution to advancing the use of 3D printing in industrial mass production. 

Partners wanted

“We want to work with leading partners in the process chain to further advance these developments,” added Julien Guiu, who leads the company's global 3D printing activities. “These include formulators, 3D printer manufacturers, software companies, service providers and of course OEMs.” The company believes that the material data should be integrated into the software used on 3D printers so that component structures can be further optimized.

Covestro recently opened a new laboratory for 3D printing at its headquarters in Leverkusen. The lab will soon be receiving additional equipment and is used by the company and its partners to develop material solutions and test them under practical conditions. The Covestro competence team for additive manufacturing has extensive know-how in the processing of materials using common 3D printing technologies. 

Versatile offer for fused filament fabrication process (FFF)

Covestro offers a broad choice of filaments for the FFF process, from flexible thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) to high strength polycarbonate (PC).

Covestro TPU is very well suited for additive manufacturing thanks to its excellent abrasion resistance and elasticity. Typical applications are sports, footwear or automotive.

Covestro PC grades transformed into filaments by its partner Polymaker show excellent temperature stability and toughness. 3D-printed products made from these polycarbonates can be used in lighting, design and other applications that depend on good strength even with exposure to high temperatures. Further information and also a video can be found at http://3dprint.com/95697/polymaker-covestro-filament/.

The first fully flexible materials for selective laser sintering (SLS)

Covestro also offers TPU powders for selective laser sintering (SLS), in which a laser beam is used to sinter the material. Spatial structures are thus created layer by layer. TPU displays significant advantages over materials commonly used in SLS, which tend to be less tough and elastic. 

TPU powders are already used in the industrial production of individualized high-perfomance soles for shoes, for example. Those products are formulated and commercialized at key footwear OEMs by Covestro’s partner Lehmann&Voss&Co.

Next generation liquid resins for industrial additive manufacturing

Covestro has been developing systems for stereolithography (SLA), digital light process (DLP) and inkjet printing.

These PU-based resins offer the unique opportunity to customize performance (toughness, flexibility, chemical & weathering resistance) due to the broad range of isocyanates and polyols from Covestro. This chemistry will enable customization of object properties at the voxel level, for example to create gradient materials. 

[1] quoted after: Jeff Kowalski, CTO Autodesk, Euromold 2015

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Aug 1, 2016

Innovative design concept for electric cars

At the K 2016 plastics trade fair, Covestro will be unveiling an entirely new concept for designing electric motor vehicles. It was developed in close collaboration with design students and partners in the auto industry, and is based on pioneering plastics technologies. The visionary concept is to be presented in the form of a contemporary electric car incorporating current trends in exterior design, including a seamless front end, innovative holographic lighting, polycarbonate wrap-around glazing and the use of sustainable coating and adhesive systems. 

“Our concept helps to expand electromobility, which is destined to make a major contribution to climate protection,” said project manager Jochen Hardt. “These developments are pushing boundaries, offering new solutions for attractively designing comfortable, functional and energy-efficient cars. They are our way of helping customers raise the bar on styling, functional integration, profitability and sustainability.”

Redefining automotive lighting

Automotive lighting is entering a totally new dimension defined by luminous surfaces with integrated headlamps and rear lights: Light and the lighting effect itself is now the styling element. Automotive designers today have access to remarkable possibilities for styling the front and rear ends, including homogeneously integrating sensors, antennas, light and signal elements. While consumers want a sophisticated and trendy look, car makers want unique features and an unmistakable brand design.

Holography will likely prove to be a top technology in future automotive lighting. Together with automotive supplier HELLA, Covestro has developed an innovative solution based on holographic films, with which various light functions can be integrated into the body parts. The solution requires very little space and opens up entirely new possibilities for using light as a design element. 

Another trend is seamless, homogeneous surfaces, which are about more than just aesthetics: The less drag a vehicle creates, the less energy it consumes or, in the case of electric cars, the greater their range. To help reduce drag, Covestro equipped its concept car with additional components to improve aerodynamics. 

All-around visibility

Wrap-around glazing made of transparent polycarbonate provides for better all-around visibility. Wrap-around glazing rewards passengers with a panorama view, and enhances pedestrian safety because it almost entirely eliminates blind spots. 

New developments in raw materials for coatings and adhesives are another part of the design concept. The coating hardener is made with biomass: 70 percent of its carbon content is of plant origin. Coatings formulated with this raw material achieve the same high-level properties as conventional coatings, even surpassing them in some cases. On top of that, they contribute to climate protection.

Another hardener enables plastic automotive add-on parts to be coated at low temperatures. In the medium term, this technology will offer the opportunity of coating plastic, composite and metal parts together for the first time. For more sophisticated demands, Covestro also has developed raw materials for transparent adhesives. 

Material meets design

Covestro worked closely with various partners on its new automotive concept. For instance, the company invited students from the distinguished Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden and the Northern Works design agency in Finland, to Leverkusen. The purpose of the project was to shift existing boundaries between aesthetics and materials and to develop new ideas for design and functionality that fulfill the dreams of future drivers. The focus was on material solutions based on polycarbonate. 

As many as 50 years ago, Covestro, then operating under its former name Bayer, introduced the first car with a plastic body at the plastics trade show: the K 67. Since then, the company has been repeatedly pushing boundaries with innovative and bold material solutions. Additional milestones include the introduction of headlamps and automotive glazing made of polycarbonate, raw materials for waterborne fillers and base coats, as well as low-solvent polyurethane clear coats.

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Company details

With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2015.

 - Bayer MaterialScience -

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Company data

Sales volume

> 100 Mill. US $

Number of employees

> 500

Foundation

2015

Area of business
  • Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • Services for the plastics and rubber industries
Target groups
  • Plastic product manufacturing
  • Chemical industry
  • Rubber manufacturing / processing
  • Machinery construction
  • Packaging / distribution
  • Vehicle construction / aerospace
  • Electronics / electro technology
  • Medical technology / precision engineering / optics
  • Energy technology / photovoltaics
  • Sports / leisure
  • Other industries
  • Universities, technical colleges