Covestro Receives European Plastics Innovation Award
Covestro Deutschland AG, Leverkusen, Germany, has developed a sophisticated composite technology that opens the door to a sustainable future for lightweight products. It is based on continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) in combination with a highly efficient production method. The company recently received this year's European Plastics Innovation Award for its composite “A-Cover” for next-generation laptops. The development took second place in the category “Best Lightweight Innovation.”
David Hartmann, Co-CEO of CFRTP composites at Covestro, particularly highlights the major weight advantage of the product: “Compared to a conventional magnesium-aluminum alloy, we achieve weight reductions of approximately 15 percent. And the A-Cover composite exhibits the same good bending and torsional rigidity as the metallic material.” Moreover, CFRTPs meet Underwriters Laboratories' flammability standard of V-0.
The composites give product designers an unprecedented degree of design freedom. For example, various combinations of resin and carbon or glass fibers can be used for optical effects. Textures can also be created, for example within the mold or by sandblasting, CNC milling and laser cutting. The A-Cover composites come close to achieving the quality of a Class-A surface. An environmentally friendly water-based two-component finish with optimal adhesion to polycarbonate substrates provides the visual upgrade and permits individual design.
The European Plastics Innovation Award was instituted by the pan-European trade association PlasticsEurope and the Society of Plastics Engineers, SPE. The awards honor companies that use plastics to develop new ideas, methods, products or technologies that meet the needs of society while respecting the demands of sustainability.
Covestro Deutschland AG
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