Polyurethane expert develops healthy and quiet interior space for vehicles

Covestro debuts at China International Automotive Interiors and Exteriors Exhibition

From August 15–17, Covestro, the inventor of polyurethane, is making its debut at the 2019 China International Automotive Interiors and Exteriors Exhibition. By showcasing a series of innovative polyurethane materials and customized solutions applied in the automotive industry, Covestro aims to create a healthier and quieter interior environment for vehicles, and further drive the sustainable development of automotive materials.

Due to national standards of in-vehicle air quality becoming more stringent, improving the interior environment of vehicles has become an R&D focus for vehicle manufacturers and parts enterprises. Simultaneously, lightweight automobile design has become a key focus for the global automotive industry. These trends are triggering market demand for sustainable and innovative automotive materials.

“Vehicles are the key connecting our homes and offices. Not only do drivers and passengers need a safe and healthy in-vehicle environment when travelling with their families, but they also require noise-free surroundings when travelling alone,” said Rachel Zheng, Global Head of Auto Solution, Business Unit Polyurethanes at Covestro. “With the innovative polyurethane materials developed by Covestro, consumers can now benefit from better in-vehicle journeys.”
Due to national standards of in-vehicle air quality becoming more stringent, improving the interior environment of vehicles has become an R&D focus for vehicle manufacturers and parts enterprises. Simultaneously, lightweight automobile design has become a key focus for the global automotive industry. These trends are triggering market demand for sustainable and innovative automotive materials.

“Vehicles are the key connecting our homes and offices. Not only do drivers and passengers need a safe and healthy in-vehicle environment when travelling with their families, but they also require noise-free surroundings when travelling alone,” said Rachel Zheng, Global Head of Auto Solution, Business Unit Polyurethanes at Covestro. “With the innovative polyurethane materials developed by Covestro, consumers can now benefit from better in-vehicle journeys.”

Safe, comfortable and quiet in-vehicle environment
As an important material for vehicle interiors, polyurethane performs well in reducing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and absorbing noise. During the exhibition, Covestro have showcased several innovative polyurethane vehicle interior and exterior applications, aiming to create a healthier and quieter interior environment for drivers and passengers.

Vehicle odors and VOC emissions will affect the health of passengers and drivers. Since the sources of in-vehicle odors and VOCs are very complex, reducing emissions has become one of the major challenges facing automobile manufacturers.

Covestro’s polyurethane solutions for instrument panels and headliners have been designed to improve the quality of in-vehicle air. Instrument panels, made from semi-rigid polyurethane filling skin foam Bayfill®, are characterized by low emission of VOCs, as well as excellent flowability and fast demoulding properties, which can significantly enhance production efficiency. The headliner, manufactured from Covestro’s Baynat® rigid foam, has been designed to absorb in-vehicle noise and demonstrates lower emission of VOCs, while also having the advantages of high bearing capacity and fracture resistance.  

Additionally, with increasing demand for soundproofing in cars, Covestro has introduced two innovative NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) solutions, which provide quieter and more comfortable in-vehicle experiences for drivers and passengers. Covestro’s polyurethane structure foam, for example, is able to reduce in-vehicle noise and vibration from structural interspaces through the injection of Bayfit® SA materials into structural vehicle cavities. Covestro also exhibited a newly designed engine cover that focuses on absorbing engine noise and improving productivity while ensuring a high-quality external appearance.

Driving the automotive industry towards a sustainable future
With over 50 years of extensive experience in the automotive industry, Covestro has established close relations with major carmakers around the world.  As a preferred partner for customized solutions of automotive materials, Covestro is committed to joining forces with the automotive industry, for all-round cooperation starting from pre-design, development and testing to commercial production.

Driven by the “New Four Modernizations” (Electrification, Intellectualization, Networking, Sharing) trend of the automobile industry, Covestro will further deepen material innovation to drive the automotive industry to a brighter and far-reaching future, thus promoting the sustainable development of the industry.

About Covestro:
With 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 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 has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2018.

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