Tuesday - August 22, 2017

Covestro at the Fakuma 2017 trade show, October 17–21 in Friedrichshafen

Material diversity that you can see and feel

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At the Fakuma trade fair, Covestro will present hands-on materials: At the sample bar of its booth no. 4206 in hall B4, the company will give visitors the chance to see and touch hundreds of samples – an ideal way to discover the fascinating characteristics offered by modern plastics.

Plastics from Covestro are all around us – wherever we want to live comfortably, efficiently and safely in fact. Today’s products aim to meet a wide variety of expectations, and our portfolio encompasses a spectrum of fascinating colors and color effects, textured, matte and glossy surfaces, hard and soft materials, and plastics that can even feel warm or cool to the touch.

Covestro has been meeting the growing needs of users and customers by continuing to introduce new products and applications over the years. The company’s extensive expertise and collaboration with partners play a valuable role in this process.

Hands-on materials
Covestro is exhibiting a broad cross-section of its developments at the Fakuma trade show at booth 4206 in Hall B4. The Sample Bar gives visitors the chance to see and touch hundreds of samples – an ideal way to discover the fascinating characteristics offered by modern plastics.

“We will be presenting material solutions for customers from very different industries at Fakuma,” says Kristian Brandt, Covestro booth director. “We also offer a comprehensive service package, through which we advise them on coloring, surface design, processing and packaging, and also run simulations.”

Creative design with plastics
Designers also play an important role on the road to a marketable product. They capture ideas and make the components both functional and aesthetically pleasing. In many sectors, it is the designers who ultimately decide on the material. Covestro is therefore expanding its dialogue with designers and providing them with information about its products, while at the same time learning more about their needs in return. As a supplement to the Sample Bar, the company has developed a Sample app to support designers in making their visions a reality. The award-winning Covestro Sample Lab app can be downloaded on Google Play and from the App Store.

Lightweight solutions carry the load
Lightweight materials are in demand in many industries and applications. They play a special role in the automotive industry, especially in sustainable vehicle concepts such as electric mobility and autonomous driving.

Covestro offers a broad product portfolio for this area, ranging from transparent Makrolon® polycarbonate (PC) for automotive glazing and LiDAR-permeable PC blends, to polyurethane foam systems for interior surfaces and films for displays.

A kaleidoscope of design possibilities
Colorful products attract attention and convey brand messages. Colors appeal to the emotions of the user and lend products a certain perceived value. Covestro operates six Color Competence Centers around the world to advise customers on any questions about coloring. The centers are located in Filago, Italy; Newark, Ohio, United States; Caojing (Shanghai) and Guangzhou, China; Greater Noida, India; and Map Ta Phut, Thailand.

The automotive interior is a good example confirming that the design of plastic parts and surfaces means much more than just the coloring. It involves individual fitting as well as cost-efficient manufacture of the parts. In collaboration with partners, Covestro has developed polycarbonate products and processes, which can be used to efficiently create matte and glossy structures, attractive colors with deep shine, as well as coated or metallized surfaces.

Seeing the world in a different light
Covestro’s Sample Bar also includes a range of materials that distribute and diffuse light, including semi-finished products like polycarbonate sheets and films. They contribute to modern, energy-efficient LED light solutions – whether in buildings or car interiors. Holographic films like Bayfol® HX offer unique options for design and functionality.

LEDs are much more efficient than conventional incandescent bulbs. Nonetheless, they still emit some of their energy in the form of heat. This heat must be dissipated via cooling elements to ensure a high light yield and long service life for the lamps. Covestro developed various heat-conducting polycarbonates of the Makrolon® TC range to meet these requirements. Compared with conventional applications using aluminum, they offer a great deal of design freedom and enable new solutions for consolidating components and assembly processes.

About Covestro:
With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 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, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 15,600 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2016.

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