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MATERIALS

What do you think are the "hottest"
technologies currently being pursued by
Covestro?
We recently started the commercial production of
fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite material,
or CFRTP, which is a novel lightweight, highstrength and aesthetically powerful material. It is
based on continuous carbon or glass fibres impregnated with polycarbonate, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or other thermoplastic resins.
From this, Covestro produces uni-directional reinforced tapes and sheets for further processing by
customers. These products can be tuned to infinite combinations, giving designers completely
new creative opportunities. Another special feature of CFRTPs is that they feel and sound like
metal,but offer the design freedom of plastics.

the same amount of petroleum. But we are also
striving to use carbon dioxide for the manufacture of other products besides flexible foam and
are researching additional areas of application.
For example, as part of a consortium of 14 partners from seven countries, we are investigating
how CO2 and other waste gases from the steel
industry can be used efficiently and sustainably
to produce inputs for insulating materials and
coatings.
What are the key challenges you expect the
industry to deal with in the next 3-5 years,
e.g. regulations, disruptive technologies, etc?
There is a global challenge, not only for the plastics
industry, but for all of us with plastic waste that
ends up in the oceans. We must find the right answers to the problem of marine litter because our
aim is for zero plastics in the oceans. The plastics
industry has a key role in providing leadership and
best practice. We all share the same goal: to protect the environment.

How is Covestro's CO2 conversion dream
developing? What are the latest
developments in that area?
Using carbon dioxide as an alternative source of
raw materials is a solution to some of the biggest
challenges of our time - finding a replacement
for finite fossil resources such as oil and gas, as
well as closing material cycles. Covestro is already using carbon dioxide to commercially produce a key component for foams used in mattresses and upholstered furniture. It contains up
to 20 percent CO 2 and makes it possible to save

Last question, if you were to bet, which one
would you put your money on polyurethanes
or polycarbonates? Why?
I do see good potential for both industries but if I
had to choose - because I held various positions in
Polyurethanes divisions in my career - I would
probably lean towards PUR.

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