Covestro introduces brand name for thermoplastic composites
On 6 August 2018, Covestro announced the launch of the brand name Maezio for its continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFRTP). According to the manufacturer, these products are set to tap into the growing demand worldwide for strong and light materials that contribute to resource conservation and energy efficiency. From mobility and electronics industries to consumer goods and medical products, OEMs and part suppliers can benefit from the performance capabilities of CFRTP composites while enjoying cost-effective and scalable manufacturing solutions, said Covestro.
“The brand gives us a clear and strong identity to further expand our expertise in thermoplastic composites,” said David Hartmann, one of the two Co-CEOs for CFRTP composites alongside Dr. Michael Schmidt. “We believe the new brand can truly bring value to next-generation products across industries by delivering a combination of lightweight construction, specific strengths and finishes at a scale unreachable by advanced materials today.”
The composite material is based on continuous carbon or glass fibres impregnated with polycarbonate, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or other thermoplastic resins. From these components, Covestro produces uni-directional reinforced tapes and sheets at the production site in Markt Bibart in south Germany for further processing by customers. Being strong, light, and aesthetic, these components can be combined into a variety of products, giving designers new creative opportunities.
Covestro said that so far a further propagation of these composites was hampered by a lack of cost-effective and scalable manufacturing processes. Besides that it is difficult to integrate them into high-volume products – however, this is about to change with Maezio composites, said the company. The products are suitable for mass production and can be thermoformed with existing thermoforming tools at high yield rates and low cycle times. This is vital when manufacturing scales can be in the range of millions of parts per year. Other production technologies such as hybrid injection moulding, automated UD tape laying and automated fibre placement can also be easily integrated. As thermoplastic composites, Maezio products can be recycled at the end of their useful life, making them “a perfect example of what scalable and sustainable composite solutions look like in giving industries the material tools to push boundaries,” said Michael Schmidt.
The products are attracting interest in such diverse segments as the electrical and electronics industry, the automotive business, household appliance manufacturers and furniture producers, medical technology, sports goods manufacturers, shoe producers and the luggage industry. Haier, one of the world’s largest white goods brands, has launched an air conditioner under its Casarte brand, which utilises Maezio for the main housing of the product. Furthermore, in the world of footwear, the composites have helped Chinese athletic wear startup Bmai to develop even lighter and stronger marathon shoes which benefit athletes and leisure runners alike.