Polycarbonate materials in automotive applications

Automotive materials and technologies

As automakers seek improved fuel efficiency, polycarbonate’s lightweight, impact-resistant properties can reduce vehicle weight while enabling sleek curves in modern designs. Not only do polycarbonates reduce the weight of vehicle components by up to 50 percent, but also help cutting fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, while keeping strength, safety and style.

Concept car zaZen: Jointly development by Rinspeed and Covestro
Concept car ZaZen: Joint development by Rinspeed and Covestro.

Our polycarbonate and polycarbonate blends provide automotive designers and engineers with lightweight,
high-performing engineering thermoplastics that make eye-catching design possible and contribute to vehicle fuel efficiency by reduced vehicle weight.

As a leading supplier of polycarbonate for automotive glazing, we offer comprehensive products, application technology knowhow and services from an experienced market team for applications such as panoramic roof panels, tailgates, roof bezels and side windows.

Apec® high heat polycarbonate and Makrolon® polycarbonate specialties are used for advanced lighting applications, such as headlamp bezels, headlamp lenses and light guides, which demand high heat resistance along with impact resistance and excellent light transparency.

Bayblend® (PC+ABS, PC+ASA blend) exhibits an excellent balance of properties, most notably high toughness – even at low temperatures - rigidity, dimensional stability, excellent creep resistance, low moisture absorption and good heat resistance, making it ideal for interior applications such as decorative bezels, air vents, airbag covers and consoles.

Makroblend® (PC+PBT; PC+PET blend) resins offer toughness, good chemical resistance to many lubricants, solvents and cleaning agents, as well as excellent dimensional stability and paintability, making it a great fit for exterior body parts, including radiator grilles and bumpers.

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Momentive formed phone stands by overmolding Apec® 1745 polycarbonate with Silopren LSR 4749.
A strong bond
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JVIS USA, LLC uses Bayblend® T85 XF PC+ABS blend resin from Covestro to create a striking automotive seatback with a high-gloss, piano black surface.
High-gloss, piano black Automotive seatback
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Covestro developed a polycarbonate blend and process concept for cost-effective production of decorative auto interior components like glove box covers.
Glove Box
Customized automotive interior components are possible with Covestro more »
Mineral-reinforced thermoplastic for Audi A7 spoiler
Audi A7
Audi relies on mineral-reinforced thermoplastic for Audi A7 spoiler more »
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