Covestro begins commercial production of a novel lightweight, high-strength and aesthetically powerful material. Many customers and industries are taking a keen interest in this continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite material as it can be produced efficiently. The new material is abbreviated as CFRTP and can be used to make films and sheets in very variable ways offering new creative freedom to designers.
Covestro has invested double-digit million Euros to enhance the production capacity and has developed the Franconian town of Markt Bibart into a location for high-tech materials close to renowned universities doing intensive research into the further development of composite materials.
Composite materials (composites) are very useful for climate protection and resource conservation due to their light weight and high strength that helps in reducing energy consumption and offering powerful sustainability opportunities.
Patrick Thomas, CEO, said, “Covestro develops material solutions and technologies for the major challenges facing mankind, such as climate protection, population growth, urbanization and increasing mobility. Composite materials are playing an increasingly important role in this.” He further added “The driving force behind all these developments is sustainability: We want to benefit society and improve people’s quality of life but minimize the impact on the environment. We have also developed a polyurethane resin that, in combination with reinforcing glass fibers and a special manufacturing process, enables the cost-efficient production of rotor blades for wind turbines.”
Michelle Jou, heads Covestro’s global polycarbonate business from Shanghai, commented “Our polycarbonates have already proven themselves in many applications that require strength, low weight and beauty, and have replaced conventional materials such as metal and glass. They can be found in applications such as laptop housings, car interiors, headlights and panoramic roofs, and medical devices, just to name a few.”