Covestro starts up new thermoplastic composites’ investments

Covestro starts up new thermoplastic composites’ investments

9:17 AM, 26th July 2019
The Covestro team for thermoplastic composites headed by Lisa Ketelsen (3rd from right) is pleased about a new R&D tape line and hybrid injection molding machines, for supporting the portfolio expansi
The Covestro team for thermoplastic composites headed by Lisa Ketelsen (3rd from right) is pleased about a new R&D tape line and hybrid injection molding machines, for supporting the portfolio expansion to an increasing market demand.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Covestro AG said that it is further developing its offerings and capabilities in continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites in response to market trends and a growing demand from customers.

Its Maezio brand of CFRTP composites are based on continuous carbon fibres impregnated with thermoplastics like polycarbonates. A new tape line is now commissioned in its Leverkusen laboratory to develop new products with different fibre and resin combinations. Their manufacture will in turn be scaled and commercialized at the production site in Markt Bibart in South Germany.

One such product under development is thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) -based CFRTP, which boasts excellent chemical resistance properties and superior flexibility in a wide temperature range. There’s a strong demand especially from the footwear and sports equipment industries for such a strong and versatile product.

At the same time, new hybrid injection molding machines are commissioned in Covestro’s CFRTP locations in Germany and China to build on processing know-how of complex, three-dimensional composite parts in support of application development across industries. A hybrid injection molding machine combines the thermoforming of semi-finished composite parts with in-mold injection molding – a fully automated one-step processing technology which reduces cycle times and improved productivity of mass produced composite parts.

“We’re witnessing strong market demand for thinner, lighter, and aesthetically competitive products where thermoplastic composites like Maezio™ are making a difference. To meet the needs of a growing range of applications we need a broader base of portfolio with different matrix materials and properties. The new tape line in combination with our mass production lines will allow us to do quick iterations and scaling based on market demand,” said Lisa Ketelsen, head of the thermoplastic composite business of Covestro.

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