Building a leading Position
Advancing continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites
Thermoplastic composites based on polycarbonate resins are a growing alternative to metal and other plastic composite solutions. Covestro is currently developing a thin, lightweight continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite that will advance composite solutions for the IT, automotive, transportation and consumer goods markets.
This composite material based on polycarbonate resins offers a superior combination of light weight and excellent mechanical properties.
The flame-retardant material is strong in stiffness, impact strength and dimensional stability. Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites are also freely formable, easy to process and recyclable.
Additionally, these new material provide excellent surfaces, allowing for all kinds of coatings and paintings. For the IT industry, where the trend is for smaller, lighter, high-quality products, polycarbonate composites are ideal for premium and thin housings. Hardware made from polycarbonate composites have the look and feel of metal, but are significantly lighter. In fact, continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites can reduce weight by 50 percent compared with aluminum. The lightweight attribute is also relevant for the automotive industry as polycarbonate composites are capable of significantly reducing weight and making vehicles more efficient when used in door panels, body panels and seat backs.
Covestro is the partner of choice for continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites and offers manufacturers application development experience and technical support. Our products offer very high yield rates in processing due to Covestro's proprietary manufacturing process. Following a major technology acquisition in early 2015, Covestro is building large-scale capacity in Germany for this new material class.