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Covestro at the VDI Congress "Plastics in Automotive Engineering"

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AtátheáVDIáCongress ôPlastics ináAutomotive Engineeringö (PIAE) onáApril 3rd andá4th ináMannheim, Covestro willábe focusing onáaánew priority topic: theácar interiorጠináline withátheámotto ôDesigning Today forátheáPassengers ofáTomorrowö (see theávideo). Due toátheir outstanding properties, polycarbonate andáits blends willáplay anáimportant role inácar interiors butáwilláalso be aákey materialáforáfuture mobility solutions inágeneral; foráexample, inátheáexterior shelláandáinátheápowertrain.

ôAtáour booth, visitors can use VR glasses andávideos toáget anáidea ofáwhat mobility could look like inátheáyear 2030,ö explains Jochen Hardt fromáglobalámobility marketing atáCovestro. TheáSample Bar also invites visitors toátouch andáfeeláaálot ofásamplesጠôanáidealáopportunity toálearn aboutátheáfascinating properties ofátodayĺs plastics,ö says Jochen Hardt.

New materials forátheáinterior
AtátheáPIAE Congress, theácompany willápresent three new polycarbonate blends, which meet theádifferent requirements foráuse inácar interiors. Foráexample, theáPC+ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) blend Bayblend« T85áXAT is anti-static andáprovides permanent dust-free interior panelingጠináaccordance witháspecifications ofámajor car manufacturers. Ináaddition, it is resistant toáUVáradiation andáoffers property improvements andácost benefits compared withátheáprevious standard product PC+ASA (acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylate).

Theáproperty profile ofáBayblend« T85áXUVáfeatures permanent light stability, excellent impact strength andálow emissions ofávolatile organic components (VOC). Onátheáother hand, theáPC+PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) blend Makroblend« SR60áprovides good mechanicaláproperties andácost advantages, primarily ináapplications witháhigh-gloss surfaces withoutáaácoating.

Theácurrent trend: hybrid speedometers
Aácurrent trend are hybrid speedometers, which bridge theágap betweenáprevious analog combination instruments andáfuture purely digitaládisplay solutions forádisplay instruments. According toástudies, these hybrid solutions may dominate theáglobaláautomotive market byá2025.

AtátheáVDIáCongress, Covestro willápresent aáhybrid speedometer witháaáblack-paneláandáfade-outáeffect andáprecision-controlled light functions. Theáthree dimensionalásurface ofátheáinstrument consists ofáMakrofol« LMápolycarbonate filmáfromáCovestro andáwas manufactured using high pressure forming (HPF); backlit symbols are seamlessly integrated. Theáfilmáoffers design freedomáandáallows functionaláintegration ofádigitaláandáanalog elements. Theáhousing was made ofáthermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) using aá3D printer.

Tailor-made battery materials
Covestro has many years ofáexperience inádeveloping polycarbonate materials foráencapsulating batteries forálaptops andáother electronic devices. Lithium-ion batteries willáalso be theácore component ináfuture electric andáhybrid vehicles. Theácompany has developed various polycarbonate blends foráthese thatámeet theácomplexárequirements andáare also extremely impact-resistant overáaáwide temperature rangeጠespecially atásub-zero temperatures. They are suitable forábattery modules, celláholders, crash absorbers andáother products.

AtátheáVDIáCongress, foráexample, Covestro willápresent anáAlta Pack battery fromáCaliforniaĺs e-bike specialist Alta Motors. It is encased ináaáhousing made ofátheáextremely impact-resistant PC+PBT blend Makroblend«. Theácompany helps its customers develop new products byáprovidingátechnicaláservices, e.g. withárheological, mechanicaláandáthermalásimulations foráoptimizing theáinjection molding process.

Kickoff atáôAutomotive Nightö
AlongáwithátheáVDI, Covestro cordially invites participants ofátheácongress toátheáôAutomotive Night,ö which takes place atátheáMannheimáfactory theáevening beforeátheácongress begins. Theáget-together offers aágood opportunity toátalk toáother participants, speakers andáexhibitors beforeátheáevent starts.

AboutáCovestro:
Withá2018ásales ofáEUR 14.6ábillion, Covestro is amongátheáworldĺs largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused onátheámanufacture ofáhigh-tech polymer materials andátheádevelopment ofáinnovative solutions foráproducts used inámany areas ofádaily life. Theámain segments served are theáautomotive, construction, wood processing andáfurniture, andáelectricaláandáelectronics industries. Other sectors include sports andáleisure, cosmetics, health andátheáchemicaláindustry itself. Covestro has 30áproduction sites worldwide andáemploys approximately 16,800ápeople (calculated asáfull-time equivalents) atátheáend ofá2018.

Source: Covestro

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