Covestro: Higher quality and lower environmental impact in textile coating
According to Covestro, the automotive industry focuses on innovations as a driver for future growth. Its Insqin technology can contribute to increasing the quality, design and functionality of car interiors to ensure its customers and OEM partners can offer future-proof technology solutions to ensure the ultimate in style and comfort, said the company.
Mobility trends such as electric vehicles and car sharing, as well as tightening regulations on VOC emissions and sustainability are redefining the role and function of automotive interiors. With Insqin, a variety of coated textiles and new materials can now be used to create a stylish in-car experience that drivers want, said Covestro. This waterborne polyurethane technology enables more sustainable, flexible and durable coatings with a premium look and feel. These product features are said to offer performance, even in the thinnest layers.
In a demonstration of the potential of innovative materials for future mobility, the pioneering Covestro-sponsored Sonnenwagen electric car recently took part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 in Australia, which is known as one of the toughest solar races in the world. The Sonnenwagen includes materials like polyurethane synthetics for its steering wheel and car seat cover. The materials were also exhibited at K 2019 to demonstrate how they can be used in the spacious living or working space of the car of the future.
According to Covestro, drivers increasingly demand an intelligent, enjoyable, but also healthy and sustainable in-car experience. Insqin can deliver the qualities sought by automakers with low VOC emissions and a low environmental impact, said the company. Additional technologies from Covestro include ultra-thin polycarbonate films and lighter polyurethane foams that help reduce vehicle fuel consumption.
“Automakers demand both performance and sustainable solutions,” said Dr. Torsten Pohl, Head of Global Textile Coatings at Covestro. “We are proud to be creating innovations and pioneering application methods in more and more industry sectors. Our broad product portfolio allows manufacturers to offer different effects and looks, giving them more options for the automotive interior of the future. With our Insqin technology, we are helping automakers to accelerate ahead of the competition.”