Covestro Deutschland AG of Leverkusen at K 2019 in Düsseldorf -- K Trade Fair

Covestro Deutschland AG

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 60, 51373 Leverkusen
Germany

Media files

Hall map

K 2019 hall map (Hall 6): stand A75-1, stand A75-3

Fairground map

K 2019 fairground map: Hall 6

Contact

Jeannette Duerr

Phone
+491753072700

Email
jeannette.duerr@covestro.com

Frank Rothbarth

Phone
+491753025363

Email
frank.rothbarth@covestro.com

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.004  Acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene polymerblends

Acrylonitrile/butadiene/styrene polymerblends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.006  Acrylonitrile/styrene/acrylic ester copolymerblends

Acrylonitrile/styrene/acrylic ester copolymerblends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.018  Compounds (Polymer blends)

Compounds (Polymer blends)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.024  Electrically conductive plastics

Electrically conductive plastics

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.033  Granulates

Granulates

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.036  Optical polymers

Optical polymers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.065  Polybutylene terephthalate blends

Polybutylene terephthalate blends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.066  Polycarbonate (PC)
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.067  Polycarbonate blends

Polycarbonate blends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.100  Polyurethane thermoplastic (PUR)

Polyurethane thermoplastic (PUR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.115  Prepregs, thermoplastic

Prepregs, thermoplastic

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.116  Reclaimed material

Reclaimed material

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.129  Thermoplastic urethane blends TPE-U/TPU

Thermoplastic urethane blends TPE-U/TPU

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.130  Thermoplastic urethane TPE-U/TPU

Thermoplastic urethane TPE-U/TPU

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.007  Polyetherester elastomers

Polyetherester elastomers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.008  Polyisocyanate

Polyisocyanate

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.009  PUR-Elastomers

PUR-Elastomers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.013  Thermoplastic PUR-elastomer

Thermoplastic PUR-elastomer

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.003  Bulk moulding compounds (BMC)

Bulk moulding compounds (BMC)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.006  Thermoset

Thermoset

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.008  Encapsulating compounds

Encapsulating compounds

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.013  Casting resins

Casting resins

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.017  High performance composite materials as semi-finished ware, adhesive films, primer

High performance composite materials as semi-finished ware, adhesive films, primer

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.040  Prepregs, general

Prepregs, general

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.041  PU elastomers

PU elastomers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.045  SMC (sheet moulding compounds)

SMC (sheet moulding compounds)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.046  Synthetic foams

Synthetic foams

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.003  Basic products PU

Basic products PU

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.004  Isocyanurate resins

Isocyanurate resins

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.007  Polycarbonate structural foams (PC)

Polycarbonate structural foams (PC)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.009  Polyesterpolyols

Polyesterpolyols

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.010  Polyetherpolyols

Polyetherpolyols

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.012  Polyisocyanurate foams

Polyisocyanurate foams

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.018  Polyurethane casting resins (PUR)

Polyurethane casting resins (PUR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.019  Polyurethane casting resins rigid structural foams-RIMsystems

Polyurethane casting resins rigid structural foams-RIMsystems

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.020  Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid structural foams-RIM-systems

Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid structural foams-RIM-systems

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.021  Polyurethane casting resins rigid foams-systems

Polyurethane casting resins rigid foams-systems

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.022  Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid foams-systems

Polyurethane casting resins semi-rigid foams-systems

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.023  Polyurethane casting resins flexible foams-systems
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.024  Polyurethane casting prepolymer binder resins

Polyurethane casting prepolymer binder resins

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.04  Foams and intermediates
  • 01.04.025  Polyisocyanates

Polyisocyanates

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.05  Rubbers
  • 01.05.008  Chloroprene rubber (CR)

Chloroprene rubber (CR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.07  Coating compounds
  • 01.07.008  Isocyanate resins

Isocyanate resins

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.07  Coating compounds
  • 01.07.012  Unsaturated polyester resins (UP)

Unsaturated polyester resins (UP)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.002  Binders

Binders

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.004  Copolyester-adhesives mouldes

Copolyester-adhesives mouldes

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.006  Dispersion adhesives

Dispersion adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.008  Pressure sensitive adhesives

Pressure sensitive adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.011  Contact adhesives

Contact adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.012  Solvent-based adhesives

Solvent-based adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.015  One-pack adhesives

One-pack adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.016  Two-pack adhesives

Two-pack adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.017  Hot melt adhesives

Hot melt adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.09  Paint resins
  • 01.09.006  Chlorinated rubber

Chlorinated rubber

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.09  Paint resins
  • 01.09.022  Polyesters unsaturated

Polyesters unsaturated

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.09  Paint resins
  • 01.09.024  Polyurethanes

Polyurethanes

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.024  Binders

Binders

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.100  Foaming agents

Foaming agents

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.101  Foamstabilisers

Foamstabilisers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.113  Release agents

Release agents

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.009  Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.016  Diamine

Diamine

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.019  Dispersions

Dispersions

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.028  Isocyanates

Isocyanates

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.029  Catalysts

Catalysts

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.034  Polyester

Polyester

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.035  Polyether

Polyether

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.036  Polymerization auxiliaries

Polymerization auxiliaries

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.038  Polyols

Polyols

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.039  Polyurethane systems PU
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.040  Raw materials

Raw materials

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.044  Toluene diisocyanate

Toluene diisocyanate

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.012  Paints, coatings

Paints, coatings

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.015  Metal polymer composites

Metal polymer composites

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.003  Production/Preparation of reinforced plastics products
  • 02.01.003.03  Production/Preparation of reinforced plastics products by pultrusion

Production/Preparation of reinforced plastics products by pultrusion

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.003  Production/Preparation of reinforced plastics products
  • 02.01.003.04  Production/Preparation of reinforced plastics products by RTM

Production/Preparation of reinforced plastics products by RTM

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.009  Parts made by foaming

Parts made by foaming

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.010  Parts made by injection moulding

Parts made by injection moulding

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.002  Plastics products and parts for automotive

Plastics products and parts for automotive

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.003  Plastics products and parts for building applications

Plastics products and parts for building applications

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.006  Plastics products and parts for electro-/household appliance

Plastics products and parts for electro-/household appliance

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.007  Plastics products and parts for electrical engineering

Plastics products and parts for electrical engineering

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.013  Plastics products and parts for furniture appliances

Plastics products and parts for furniture appliances

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.015  Plastics products and parts for transport/packaging

Plastics products and parts for transport/packaging

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.001  Semi finished products
  • 02.04.001.04  Semi finished products of polycarbonate (PC)

Semi finished products of polycarbonate (PC)

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.001  Semi finished products
  • 02.04.001.10  Semi finished products of polyurethane (PUR)

Semi finished products of polyurethane (PUR)

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.001  Semi finished products
  • 02.04.001.13  Semi-finished parts/products made from fibre-reinforced plastics

Semi-finished parts/products made from fibre-reinforced plastics

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.001  Semi finished products
  • 02.04.001.15  other and machined semi finished products/Pre-cut parts

other and machined semi finished products/Pre-cut parts

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.002  Films
  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.004  Compounds/Recyclates

Compounds/Recyclates

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.015  Electrical installation material

Electrical installation material

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.024  Glass-fibre reinforced plastic parts (GRP)

Glass-fibre reinforced plastic parts (GRP)

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.031  Hot melt films

Hot melt films

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.042  Membrane films

Membrane films

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.049  Boards and vulcanite boards

Boards and vulcanite boards

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.054  Sandwich cores

Sandwich cores

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.056  Foam products

Foam products

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.068  Technical films

Technical films

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.069  Parts of industrial laminates

Parts of industrial laminates

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.075  Reinforced plastic parts/products
  • 02.05.075.01  Fibreglass-reinforced plastic parts

Fibreglass-reinforced plastic parts

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.081  Extra springs made of micro-celled Potyurethane Elastomers

Extra springs made of micro-celled Potyurethane Elastomers

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.02  Machinery and plant for processing
  • 03.02.005  Machinery for foam and reactive resins
  • 03.02.005.03  Machinery for processing/post processing of foam and parts

Machinery for processing/post processing of foam and parts

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.02  Machinery and plant for processing
  • 03.02.005  Machinery for foam and reactive resins
  • 03.02.005.05  Casting machines for open moulds

Casting machines for open moulds

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.02  Machinery and plant for processing
  • 03.02.007  Rotational moulding machines

Rotational moulding machines

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.02  Machinery and plant for processing
  • 03.02.008  Sheet casting machines

Sheet casting machines

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.02  Machinery and plant for processing
  • 03.02.010  Machines and equipment for additive manufacturing
  • 03.02.010.01  Machines for binder jetting technology (3D printing)

Machines for binder jetting technology (3D printing)

Our products

Product category: Polycarbonate (PC), Films

5G – key technology for the networked world

  • Covestro develops material solutions for infrastructure and smartphones
  • Cooperation with Deutsche Telekom and Umeå Institute of Design
     

    5G is the latest generation of mobile communications and was developed to respond to private demand and the economic environment of 2020 and beyond. 5G will become the basis for a fully mobile and networked society; it is a key technology for the digitalization of all areas of life and the economy. The new technology enables close networking of devices such as cell phones, tablets, vehicles, household appliances, industrial plants and many others to form an Internet of Things (IoT). 

    With the installation of 5G, the demand for base stations, active antenna units (AAU) and other equipment will increase dramatically. Covestro is developing innovative and sustainable material solutions and contributing to a smart infrastructure, including sensor technologies and a digital communication environment. The company is cooperating closely with Deutschen Telekom and the Umeå Institute of Design. Covestro will present some prototypes at K 2019. The project is part of the company´s comprehensive digitalization strategy. Together with its partners, the company is committed to achieving Goals 9 (Innovation and Infrastructure) and 11 (Sustainable Cities) of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 

    New telecommunications infrastructure
    Polycarbonates and their blends have proven themselves in a wide range of electrical and electronic applications and, thanks to their outstanding properties, should also be the materials of choice for 5G technology: "They are mechanically robust, lightweight, transparent to radio frequencies and suitable for injection molding," explains Fabian Grote, who is a core member of the global 5G team at Covestro. Some grades also show good weather resistance or thermal conductivity or are suitable for two-component injection molding and laser direct structuring (LDS). 

    To increase public acceptance of an expanded network of antennas and base stations, Covestro is working with students from the renowned Umeå Institute of Design and Deutsche Telekom to seamlessly integrate these technical facilities into the cities of the future. The project includes the development of attractive base stations, their color matching and surface structuring. Düsseldorf served as a reference city for the project.

    Flexibility in antenna design
    In this project Covestro will enter this market in a hypothetical scenario with its own product range. The actual product is the outer sheath of a third-party antenna, which is designed to adapt to specific environments by either fitting in or protruding from it, depending on the environment and population density. This is where the best potential can be exploited with products that deliver the technical requirements and either integrate or reinforce the character of a city with a 5G network. "At K 2019, we will be showing a series of technical and design prototypes for small cells in the frequency range of 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz," says Grote.

    When 5G technology progresses to higher frequency, e.g. the millimeter wave band, signal transmittance could become a design challenge. “We can help our customers to enjoy more design freedom while ensuring the 5G data transmittance performance with state-of-art  testing capabilities in a broad frequency range of up to 50 GHz under a variety of environmental conditions, all in our Asia Pacific Innovation Center in Shanghai,” says Nan Hu, Global Head of Electronics at the Polycarbonates Segment of Covestro.

    New film solution for 5G smartphones
    5G technology, with its high transfer rates, will also have a significant impact on smartphone design. The antennas for 5G technology require more space. That is just one reason why metal solutions used to date for the back of devices will in future be replaced by ceramics, glass or plastics. 

    A Makrofol® SR multilayer film solution with acrylic top layer combined with a new manufacturing process results in mobile phone back covers that look like glass but are not fragile. "The film laminate can be formed in three dimensions, and the film solution also meets the requirements for transmission at high radio frequencies with wavelengths in the millimeter range," explains Echol Zhao, Head of Specialty Films Greater China at Covestro. 

    This crystal clear, 3D formable and 5G compatible film material is specifically engineered for optimal design freedom for mobile phone brands to create fashionable mobile phones using decoration technologies such as UV patterning and non-conductive vacuum metallization (NCVM). More than 50 percent of the mobile phone market in China is currently switching to such multi-layer PC/PMMA film solutions – a sign of a promising future for the coming 5G era.

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Applications
E & E, IT Devices

Target Products
Complex Geometry, Colored, Shiny, Printed/Decorated, Scratch resistant, Solid

Product category: Polyurethane systems PU

Covestro pushes forward with the digitalization of processes

  • In focus: added value for customers
  • More efficient processes through computer simulation
  • New formula finder for viscoelastic foams
     

    Digitalization is one of the most important drivers of growth in the chemical and plastics industry. Covestro hopes to take advantage of resulting opportunities with a comprehensive strategic program. The central focus of the program is the goal of providing customers with added value and setting new standards in customer collaboration. To accomplish this, the company is incorporating digital technologies and processes into production, the supply chain, research & development, at all customer contact points and in new business model development. 

    A current emphasis of the new business models is the digitalization and optimization of process flows. By simulating process steps, development times at customers and along value chains can be reduced considerably, and process flows can be designed more efficiently. At the K 2019, for example, Covestro is presenting a new formula finder for viscoelastic foams, which are used primarily in pillows and mattresses – also in the medical and care field.

    Calculating properties and formulas on the computer
    “With an easy-to-use web-based calculation tool, customers can enter the desired physical properties of the foam and wait for the matching formulas to be calculated based on our raw materials,” explains Dr. Lutz Brassat, an expert for polyurethane flexible foam at Covestro. “It can also do the reverse and determine the properties of a finished foam for a predefined formula. In any case, it saves time and materials and also costs.” The company is also increasing the processing power in a research project and is investing in advanced hardware.

    To develop the digital tool, an interdisciplinary team at Covestro first manufactured various viscoelastic foams with the aid of predefined formulas and identified their properties. Based on these data sets, the team then generated an algorithm, which uses the properties of these foams to calculate other foam densities, hardness levels and viscoelastic behaviors. 

    More comfort in bed
    Viscoelastic foam provides a high level of comfort and is therefore enjoying increasing popularity among consumers. For older or bed-ridden patients, it effectively prevents dreaded bed sores. Under the influence of its own weight and heat, a body lying on the foam sinks slowly into it, but is also supported by it. A special feature of a viscoelastic foam is its shape memory: as soon as a person changes position or gets up, the foam slowly regains its original shape. 

    Comprehensive program for digitalization
    Covestro bundles its global digitalization activities in the comprehensive program “Digital@Covestro,” which is based on three pillars. The first relies on digital operating processes in production. Its aim is to make the construction, operation and maintenance of global production facilities more efficient and transparent. This also includes evaluating real time data with the help of end devices, in order to optimize plant maintenance. 

    Another pillar of the digitalization strategy is a digital trading platform for chemicals, which was developed according to the needs of customers and is currently being tested. Here, customers can buy standard products efficiently online at current market prices. Since April 2018, Covestro has also been selling products via a flagship store on 1688.com. This online platform of the Internet giant Alibaba is currently China's largest marketplace for business customers. 

    The third pillar involves new business models, primarily digital technical services. They are important for developing efficient production processes at customers and, above all, for digitalizing entire value chains. Covestro offers a comprehensive range of services here, which extends from chemical synthesis, to developing formulas, to processing and the subsequent handling of plastic products.

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Applications
Consumer Goods, Sporting Goods, Household Goods, Medical

Target Products
Complex Geometry, Semisolid, Flexible/Elastic

Product category: Semi finished products of polyurethane (PUR)

Elastic textile fibers made from carbon dioxide: Dress with CO2

  • Covestro and RWTH Aachen University develop industrial process
  • Reduction in use of crude oil and contribution to the circular economy
  • Further milestone in the use of CO2 as an alternative raw material

     
    Dress with CO2: Two research projects have succeeded in making elastic textile fibers based on CO2 and so partly replacing crude oil as a raw material. Covestro and its partners, foremost the Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University and various textile manufacturers, are developing the production process on an industrial scale and aim to make the innovative fibers ready for the market. They can be used for stockings and medical textiles, for example, and might replace conventional elastic fibers based on crude oil. 

    The elastic fibers are made with a chemical component that consists in part of CO2 instead of oil. This precursor called cardyon® is already used for foam in mattresses and sports floorings. And now it is being applied to the textile industry.

    “That’s a further, highly promising approach to enable ever broader use of carbon dioxide as an alternative raw material in the chemical industry and expand the raw materials base,” says Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro. “Our goal is to use CO2 in more and more applications in a circular economy process and save crude oil.” 

    Sustainable production process
    The fibers are made from CO2-based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) using a technique called melt spinning, in which the TPU is melted, pressed into very fine threads and finally processed into a yarn of endless fibers. Unlike dry spinning, which is used to produce conventional elastic synthetic fibers such as Elastane or Spandex, melt spinning eliminates the need for environmentally harmful solvents. A new chemical method enables carbon dioxide to be incorporated in the base material, which also has a better CO2 footprint than traditional elastic fibers. 

    “The CO2-based material could be a sustainable alternative to conventional elastic fibers in the near future,” states Professor Thomas Gries, Director of the Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University. “Thanks to our expertise in industrial development and processing, we can jointly drive establishment of a new raw materials base for the textile industry.” 

    Development of the method of producing fibers from CO2-based thermoplastic polyurethane has been funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). It will now be optimized as part of the “CO2Tex” project, which is to be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) so as to enable industrial production in the future. “CO2Tex” is part of “BioTex Future,” a project initiative of RWTH Aachen University. The initiative is devoted to developing production and processing technologies to facilitate the future market launch of textile systems from bio-based polymeric materials.

    Development partners display interest
    What makes the CO2-based TPU fibers so special is their properties: They are elastic and tear-proof and so can be used in textile fabrics. Initial companies from the textile and medical engineering sectors have already tested the CO2-based fibers and processed them into yarns, socks, compression tubes and tapes. 

    The aim of launching CO2-based textiles on the market is to promote a material cycle in the textile and clothing industry based on sustainable resources.

     

     

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Product category: Polyurethane casting resins flexible foams-systems, Films

The next generation of electronic patches: Covestro and the Holst Centre develop skin-friendly wearables

Wearable electronic patches (wearables) are already being used in many areas of medicine, including patient monitoring and diagnosis. Market demand is rising rapidly, in line with a growing digitalization of the healthcare sector. The design of these patches allows a variety of applications in monitoring vital parameters. They offer patients more freedom of movement. The wearables must be worn on the skin around the clock for a prolonged period of time so they need to be particularly kind to the skin, comfortable, but also adhere to the skin. At the end, they should be removed as painlessly as possible.

Covestro offers material solutions for improved design compared to marketable products. The range is a response to the growing customer demand for materials with increased wearing comfort. Covestro offers the right combination of materials for the perfect lightweight, flexible and hardly visible patch that provides a comfortable feel. There is no comparable offer on the market so far. 

Complete solution for modern wearable patches
For this purpose, Covestro has developed special breathable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films from the Platilon® range. The materials are perfectly suited and designed for customers using a roll-to-roll manufacturing process that allows wearables to be efficiently produced. The electronics can be printed on the film and embedded in thermoformable polyurethane foam embedded in a second film layer for better wearing comfort. The patch is then fixed with a special skin-compatible adhesive, which adheres firmly to the skin but allows painless removal of the patch. The adhesive system and the thermoformable foam are based on Baymedix® polyurethane raw materials. Covestro thus offers a complete solution for modern and high-quality wearable patches.

A prototype was produced in collaboration with the Holst Centre, which is known for its expertise in printed electronics and wearables. The materials being used are already ready for the market. In addition to the wearable patch, Covestro will present a design study at K 2019 to present different wearable designs depending on their medical use. 

Covestro is providing convincing design and material alternatives to currently available wearable raw materials. The company is considering advances in printed electronics to demonstrate that its materials can contribute to a design with a stronger patient focus that takes into account patient comfort and skin sensitivity.

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Applications
Medical, Prostheses/Aids

Target Products
Film/Sheet, Complex Geometry, Flexible/Elastic, Tearproof, Antimicrobial, Protection

Product category: Polyurethane casting resins (PUR)

Wind power in the upswing

  • Efficient manufacture of rotor blades with polyurethanes
  • Covestro delivers first commercial order of raw materials to China
  • Efficient Pasquick® coating technology provides protection
     

    Power generation from renewable sources is a key part of the sustainability concept of Covestro and underlines its commitment to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal number 7 for renewable energy (UN-SDG 7). This applies above all to wind power, which is one of the most promising renewable energy sources due to its global availability and the technical progress already made. 

    This is also reflected in the development of wind power capacity, which is seeing double-digit annual growth across the globe. China is the world’s largest wind power market with 221 GW of installed capacity at the end of 2018, according to the World Wind Energy Association.[1]

    Concept for cost-efficient production of rotor blades
    However, cost-efficient processes for manufacturing wind power plants are in greater demand than ever to enable further expansion and for competing with traditional energy resources. Once in operation, the aim is for turbines to be used over a lengthy period with the lowest possible maintenance requirements.

    In order to meet this challenge, Covestro has joined forces with partners and developed a polyurethane (PU) resin and a manufacturing technology, which – in conjunction with glass fiber mats and an efficient production process – enables shorter cycle times. “This is a clear cost advantage for manufacturers,” says Dirk Soontjens, who coordinates the global wind power activities of Covestro. “Its advantage over epoxy resins used so far is that it flows more easily and ensures better wetting of the glass fiber mats used for reinforcement.” The resin also exhibits very good mechanical properties and meets many regulatory and industry performance standards. 

Progress in China and Europe
Only recently, Covestro has processed the first commercial order for utilization of the PU resin for production of eighteen wind rotor blades with a length of 59.5 meters each, together with the respective spar caps and shear webs, all manufactured by Zhuzhou Times New Material Technology (TMT), one of the largest wind blade manufacturers in China. The blades were delivered to Envision, a leading global wind turbine technology company, and are scheduled to be installed in a wind farm in Eastern China in July 2019. 

Also in Europe, Covestro collaborates with leading players of the wind power industry and intends to commercialize its technology shortly. Besides that, Covestro operates a new wind power laboratory in Leverkusen, which expands its global lab capacities in Asia and Europe to support customers and innovation.

High performance coatings with higher productivity
Covestro has also developed coating solutions with higher cost efficiency. For instance, protective coatings based on Pasquick® technology for steel towers as well as gel coatings for blades of wind power plants significantly increase productivity and ensure a long lasting performance with significantly reduced maintenance. This is due to the fact that the use of Pasquick® requires one layers less than conventional corrosion protection and that the coatings have a lower curing time. 

Besides that, waterborne topcoats based on Bayhydur® and Bayhydrol® provide long-lasting performance with low solvent emissions. Last but not least, Covestro also offers leading edge protection for rotor blades based on products of the Desmodur® line, providing long lasting protection against abrasion.


[1] https://wwindea.org/blog/2019/02/25/wind-power-capacity-worldwide-reaches-600-gw-539-gw-added-in-2018/

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Applications
Functional Parts

Target Products
Complex Geometry, High Strength

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Aug 14, 2019

The reinvention of mobility

  • Covestro and its partners develop a comprehensive interior concept
  • Innovative and functional material solutions
  • More than 50 years of experience: It all began with the K 67
     

    The car of the future will be a multifunctional, mobile living and working space. This is the guiding principle of a new interior concept for future mobility, which Covestro will present at the K 2019 plastics trade fair. Like the smartphone, it will seamlessly accompany its user around the clock and adapt to his or her needs. The car of the future will be fully networked and seamlessly integrated into everyday life, where it will always provide the user with new experiences and the greatest possible autonomy. 

    "Our comprehensive concept includes developments, which may become reality in a few years, but it also includes visionary ideas for the future," explains Jochen Hardt, Global Marketing Mobility at Covestro and project manager for the new concept. "We are particularly focused on the interior design, which can be both living and working space in an autonomous vehicle, offering customized experiences to the user. Future vehicle concepts for electromobility offer car manufacturers opportunities for completely new room concepts and by that open up a key area for brand differentiation.”

    Smart materials in the future car interior
    The interior is equally a matter of functionality, comfort and design, but also of efficiency. The focus is on optically and haptically designed surfaces, the integration of ambient lighting, latest infotainment systems and novel seating concepts. High-tech materials from Covestro open up a kaleidoscope of new possibilities for many different components.

    For example, Makrolon® polycarbonates and their blends will play an important role in the interior of the future thanks to their outstanding properties. They are notable for their maximum design freedom, mechanical stability and low weight. In addition, they provide good thermal and electrical insulation. Makrolon® enables a range of glass-like surfaces and up to various functional colors. This is important for the integration of future innovative displays, sensors, cameras and ambient lighting systems. 

    Maezio™ continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites from Covestro constitute a special class of composites. They are based on polycarbonate, but more robust and lightweight, due to reinforcement with carbon fibers, and are suitable e.g. for an efficient production of particularly thin-walled parts.

    New dimension of infotainment
    Makrofol® polycarbonate films are used, for example, for printed, even three-dimensional large-scale cover plates for the integration of displays. The films also serve as carrier for printed electronics in touchscreens. The number of such display surfaces and touchscreens in car interiors will increase drastically due to the progressing digitalization and networking (connectivity) as well as the trend towards autonomous driving. The seamless integration of displays is also supported by a new generation of Makrolon® AI polycarbonate materials. 

    Covestro also offers a range of Platilon® thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films. Among other things, they are used as hotmelt films for bonding different materials like textiles. The sustainable INSQIN® technology is used for textile coating in the car interior; it is based on solvent-free, waterborne polyurethane dispersions. Its use for the manufacture of coated textiles is efficient and saves water and energy, compared to conventional production. 

    Classic jack-of-all-trades: Polyurethane
    Polyurethane is a classic but extremely versatile material for car interiors. In the form of soft or molded foam, it creates the basis for comfortable and safe car seats. Polyurethane foams have also been used for a long time in instrument panels, upholstery, trim parts and roof linings and provide comfort in the interior. With TPU coatings, surfaces can be created as desired – from particularly soft to hard. 

    Polyurethane coatings are also geared towards high-quality surfaces with adjustable properties. Covestro develops raw materials for robust and abrasion-resistant coatings, which are available in various colors and surface structures that protect underlying substrates and create a pleasant feel when touched. The company is also a pioneer in the formulation of aqueous coatings with low organic solvent content. Raw materials for polyurethane adhesives for solid and durable adhesive bonds round off the range. 

    Trendy exterior design for electric cars
    At K 2016, Covestro for the first time dedicated itself to the mobility of the future on a larger scale and presented an integrated concept for the outer shell of electric cars. It was developed in close cooperation with design students from the renowned Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden and the automotive supplier HELLA. The development went beyond existing boundaries and offers new approaches for the attractive design of comfortable, functional and energy-efficient cars. The core elements are integrated sensors and antennas, holographic lighting, large-format display elements, 360-degree all-round glazing and seamless, homogeneous surfaces. 

    Groundbreaking achievements time and again
    More than 50 years ago, Covestro presented the first car with a complete plastic body under its former name Bayer at the plastics trade fair in Düsseldorf: the K 67. Since then, the company has repeatedly overcome the limits of the possible with innovative and courageous material solutions. Later milestones included the introduction of headlamps and automotive glazing, both made of the transparent polycarbonate Makrolon®. Covestro was also a pioneer in coating raw materials for waterborne automotive fillers and base coats as well as for low-solvent polyurethane clear coats.

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Aug 14, 2019

Covestro at K 2019: Pushing the boundaries for a sustainable and digital world

  • Material cycle sought across the entire value chain
  • Pioneer on the path to a future without fossil-based resources
  • Comprehensive program for digitalization
  • Innovative solutions for key industries
     

    Sustainable and digital: at the plastics trade fair K 2019 in Düsseldorf, materials manufacturer Covestro presents innovative material solutions that provide answers to the great challenges of the world. In doing so, the company continually pushes boundaries, in order to improve people’s lives and generate added value for customers, but also, above all, to reduce environmental influences. 

    Visitors to the world’s premier fair for the plastics and rubber industry will find many examples of this presented by Covestro at Booth A75 in Hall 6. From October 16–23, 2019, products and technologies for the automotive, construction and electronics industries will be on display, but also innovative and functional applications in the health, furniture, sports and leisure sectors. 

    “In addition to the advancing digitalization, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be a driving force in society and the economy for the coming years,” said CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann to journalists. “Their fulfillment is not only imperative for a better, cleaner and healthier world, but also holds great economic potential in the long term,” explained the CEO. “Covestro is determined to realize the UN sustainability goals at many levels.”

    Industry pioneer
    Steilemann named the development of a functioning circular economy and improved management of limited fossil resources, primarily crude oil, as central points for increased sustainability. “These are goals that will impact society as a whole and Covestro wants to contribute to this. Within our company, we want to establish material cycles along the entire value chain, from suppliers, to production and logistics, to the use of our products and their reuse,” explained Steilemann. 

    When recycling used plastics, it will be important to be able to exhaust all technical possibilities. “The relatively new method of chemical recycling is also an option, which requires additional support,” said the CEO. 

    A key aspect for developing a circular economy in the plastics and chemical industry is closing the carbon cycle with recycled resources. Here, plant waste and increasingly CO2 are worth considering as alternatives to fossil resources. Covestro has already achieved numerous successes in these areas. “We want to become a pioneer on the path toward a future without fossil-based resources and emphasize our claim to leadership in the industry,” stressed Steilemann. 

    Digitalization creates added value
    Another driving force is the advancing digitalization. Covestro wants to take advantage of the resulting opportunities and has started a comprehensive program, which focuses on the customer. To accomplish this, the company is incorporating digital technologies and processes into production, the supply chain, research and development, at all customer contact points and in new business model development. Various topics and exhibits at K 2019 underline how important digitalization is for the company, which hopes to set standards in this field in the plastics and chemical industry. 

    The examples below give an impression of the wide range of developments that Covestro will present at K 2019. 

    Completely networked society
    One important requirement for future mobility and the digitalization of all areas of life and business is the new transmission technology 5G. To build the infrastructure for it, Covestro is working together with Deutsche Telekom and the Umeå Institute of Design to develop innovative material solutions for base stations, antennas and other system components. Covestro is also working on a multi-layered film solution in conjunction with a new manufacturing process for the backs of smartphone bodies. Unlike conventional metal elements, these polycarbonate films are permeable to high-frequency radiation.

    Auto interior of the future
    The highlight of the trade show exhibit is a comprehensive interior concept for future mobility. In line with the latest trend, it intends to turn car interiors into multi-functional, mobile living and working spaces. “We developed the concept together with key industrial and academic partners,” explained Jochen Hardt, marketing expert at Covestro and head of the project. “It involves functionality, comfort and design in equal measure, as well as efficiency.” The car of the future is fully networked and is seamlessly integrated into everyday life. Key design features are surfaces with a decorative look and feel, integrated ambient lighting, the latest infotainment systems and cutting-edge seating concepts.

    Textiles with CO2
    Together with partners such as RWTH Aachen University and various textile manufacturers, Covestro succeeded in producing elastic textile fibers from thermoplastic polyurethane with CO2, and as a result partially replaced crude oil as the raw material. The starting point is an intermediate product called cardyon®, which is already used for the soft foam found in mattresses and the base layers of sports fields. The partners are currently working on developing production to industrial scale and want to introduce a material cycle that is based on sustainable resources to the textile and garment industry. 

    Renewable energies on the rise
    In addition to promoting an efficient circular economy, Covestro is also committed to further expanding renewable energies, such as wind power. Cooperation with partners has led to the development of a polyurethane resin as well as a process technology, which makes it possible to manufacture wind turbine rotor blades efficiently and cost-effectively. The company just recently processed its first commercial order for this from China.

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Company details

With 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 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, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2018.

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Company data

Sales volume

> 100 Mill. US $

Number of employees

> 500

Area of business
  • Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • Services for the plastics and rubber industries