JEC 2019: Polyurethanes joins other Covestro teams to showcase impressive composite offerings

JEC 2019: Polyurethanes joins other Covestro teams to showcase impressive composite offerings

PUR joined both other business units (BU) at Covestro to display our complete material-range of composites at this year’s JEC World trade fair. The world’s largest composites industry fair, held in Paris on March 12-14, attracted more than 43,000 visitors.

Together with Polycarbonates (PCS) and Coatings, Adhesives and Specialities (CAS), PUR showed how we at Covestro are the leading composites provider across various industries and applications, encouraging our customers to ‘experience everything in composites’. Our broad portfolio ranges from polycarbonate and polyurethane (PU) products to film formers and fiber sizings.

Our innovative booth visualized how fibers are processed into composites, showcasing the range of sustainable applications of our products, from wind turbines, photovoltaic systems and auto parts, to miniaturized electronic parts and insoles. Some of these components help to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in cars, contributing to meeting the UN’s sustainability goals.

Klaus Franken, Leader of Wind Resin Project EMEA, said: “For the show we wanted to make the booth tangible and inspiring. That’s why we created the exhibit – illustrating that customers can experience everything from film former for fiber sizing via thermosets to thermoplastic composites.”

We also presented our composite applications designed to support climate change protection. More intensive use of wind power requires more cost-effective production of wind turbines, longer rotors and greater power output.

To achieve this, we have developed a PU resin that, in combination with glass fiber mats and an efficient vacuum-infusion process, enables short cycle times, making it more cost-effective. It is also more robust, making it suitable for larger sheet lengths and lighter-weight blades.

A recent life-cycle assessment also found a laptop cover made from our Maezio™ continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites can reduce carbon footprint by more than 70% compared to conventional magnesium-aluminium alloy.

Florin Dorin, Booth Head of Covestro, said: “The JEC World 2019 was a very exciting cross-BU journey. It all started with cross-BU activities on composites for the JEC in 2014 and a global cross-BU workshop in April 2018, where we identified a creative way to explore potential common Covestro-material applications.”

Together, all three business units were vital to the success of the event, allowing us to impress our customers with our whole material-range of composites solutions.

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