Covestro and its partners have developed a high-performance thermoplastic (HPT) for industrial sectors such as aviation, automotive and health. The new development would significantly increase the sustainability and performance of products.
Covestro is coordinating a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to enable the continuous production of the new plastic on a commercial scale. HTP can be processed by injection molding.
Covestro in collaboration with RWTH Aachen University, the Technical University Berlin, the Leipzig Plastics Center and the aircraft manufacturer Airbus is implementing a BMBF research project “DreamCompoundConti”, which is funded up to 1.5 million euros over the next three years by The Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The research project is part of the supporting program “Research for Sustainability (FONA)” in the measure entitled “r+Impuls – Impulse für industrielle Ressourceneffizienz” (funding code 033R199). The objective of the project is to develop a continuous process that will enable environmentally compatible and economical production on an industrial scale.
Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO of Covestro, said, “With this new joint project, we are underlining our efforts to produce particularly high-performance plastics in a climate-friendly and simultaneously economically efficient process.”
Development of a novel catalyst system, for the first time, enables the production of thermoplastic HPT from easily accessible basic chemicals that saves CO2 emissions and energy throughout the process. The complex process steps are no longer required when compared to the production of conventional high-performance thermoplastics.
According to an initial Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of RWTH Aachen University for the industrial manufacturing process, HPT produces more than 20 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions for production in comparison to similar thermoplastics. The new continuous process under development requires fewer solvents.