Covestro is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fiberreinforced
thermoplastic composites (CFRTP) by introducing Maezio™ as brand
These innovative materials are set to tap into the growing demand worldwide for
strong and light materials that contribute to resource conservation and energy
efficiency. From mobility and electronics industries to consumer goods and
medical products, OEMs and part suppliers can benefit from the high
performance capabilities of advanced composites while enjoying cost-effective
and scalable manufacturing solutions offered by Maezio™.
“The brand gives us a clear and strong identity to further expand our expertise in
thermoplastic composites,” says David Hartmann, Co-CEO of CFRTP, one of
the two Co-CEOs for CFRTP composites alongside Dr. Michael Schmidt. “We
believe the new brand can truly bring value to next-generation products across
industries by delivering a combination of lightweight construction, specific
strengths and finishes at a scale unreachable by advanced materials today.”
Material of tomorrow
The composite material of the future is based on continuous carbon or glass
fibers impregnated with polycarbonate, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or
other thermoplastic resins. From these components, Covestro produces unidirectional
reinforced tapes and sheets at the production site in Markt Bibart in
south Germany for further processing by customers. Being strong, light, and
aesthetic, these components can be combined into an unlimited number of
products, giving designers completely new creative opportunities.
So far a further propagation of advanced composites was hampered by lack of
cost-effective and scalable manufacturing processes. Besides that it is difficult to
integrate them into high-volume products. All of this is about to change with
Suitable for mass production
They can be thermoformed with existing thermoforming tools at high yield ratesand low cycle times. This is vital when manufacturing scales can be in the rangeof millions of parts per year. Other production technologies such as hybridinjection molding, automated UD tape laying and automated fiber placement canbe easily integrated.
As thermoplastic composites, Maezio™ products can be recycled at the end oftheir useful life, making them “a perfect example of what scalable andsustainable composite solutions look like in giving industries the material tools topush boundaries,” says Michael Schmidt.
Strong interest from many sectors
Maezio™ is attracting interest in such diverse segments as the electrical andelectronics industry, the automotive business, household appliancemanufacturers and furniture producers, medical technology, sports goodsmanufacturers, shoe producers and the luggage industry.
Haier, the world’s largest white goods brand, has launched a state-of-the-art airconditioner under its Casarte brand, which utilizes Maezio™ for the mainhousing of the product. In the world of footwear, the composites have helpedChinese athletic wear startup Bmai to develop even lighter and strongermarathon shoes which benefit athletes and leisure runners alike.
With 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largestpolymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of hightechpolymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for productsused in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive,construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronicsindustries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and thechemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide andemploys approximately 16,200 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at theend of 2017.
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