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Covestro Introduces Advanced Material Solutions for Automotive Interiors

New design possibilities with hard coated polycarbonate film | Better interior air quality with waterborne PU adhesive solution
Covestro Introduces Advanced Material Solutions for Automotive Interiors

Design innovation and material sustainability are the megatrends of automotive industry globally, which gives designers and engineers lots of opportunities and challenges using various material solutions to develop the new generation of cars. Covestro, the world leading polymer solution provider, introduces its advanced material solutions based on polycarbonate and polyurethane technology for automotive interiors at ChinaPlas 2016. These solutions represent Covestro’s latest development on material solutions addressing the new design and manufacturing trends in China market and give the industry insiders inspirational design ideas and solid project experience references.

The trend of function integrated design with superior surface quality

Addressing the increasing popularity of display function integrated design for instrument clusters and control panels, Covestro has developed the scratch-resistant, anti-glare, formable polycarbonate hard coated film solution with Makrofol HF and Makrofol AG product series for the decorative component surfaces in automotive interiors. The newly developed polycarbonate hard coated film solution is the ideal material solution for designers to achieve design flexibility and superior surface quality, e.g. anti-scratch, anti-glare and chemical resistance. The polycarbonate hard coated film has excellent balance between hardness and formability. It can be easily printed, formed or back-injected in a film insert molding process, especially suitable for 3D application. The good formability, even with small radii of curvature and high depth of draw, is due to the special pre-cured coating layer. The three-dimensional crosslinking of the coating gives the film its high scratch and abrasion resistance; and the film is also resistant to sun protection products and chemicals.

With the help of hard coated films, manufacturers can produce trendy and quality interior components with higher yields and process efficiency. The films are available in high gloss and different matte levels to meet every design need.

Along with the polycarbonate hard coated film solution, Covestro has also developed the black panel technology, which gives designers the new choice of elegant and premium piano black finish for the display function panels and speedometer.

The trend of sustainable interior bonding solutions

In recent years, VOC emissions during production and its residues in new cars have become key issues that cause rising concerns among end consumers and also lead to more strict industry regulations. How to match the new industry prerequisite and create better brand image in public? Covestro has developed the sustainable interior bonding solution with its waterborne polyurethane technology Dispercoll to help automotive manufactures tackle the new challenges. Today, about 50% passenger cars in the U.S. already adopt the new waterborne bonding solution by Covestro. It can be used for many applications, e.g. instrument panel, door panel, headliner, seat etc.

Formaldehyde and methylbenzene are two of the eight controlled substances listed in the Guideline for Air Quality Assessment of Passenger Car highly related to adhesive usage in car production. Based on lab testing, using roof component as reference, the new waterborne PU adhesive solution can reduce formaldehyde by up to 80% and methylbenzene up to 90%, compared with traditional solvent based solution.

And it doesn’t stop here. The new waterborne PU interior bonding solution can enable efficient and energy saving process due to its low activation temperature. It can be applied for complicated structure components, such as large curved surface or grooved surface. It’s also suitable for bonding a wide variety of textiles, leather and other materials, thus giving better design flexibility to develop trendy automotive interiors.

Interested? Welcome to visit us at ChinaPlas 2016 and exchange new ideas with our automotive experts.

Indoor Booth: Hall N1, Booth E41
Outdoor Booth: A1

About Covestro
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 the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and employs approximately 15,700 people (full-time equivalents) as of the end of 2016.

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