Covestro: Trendy surfaces for high-tech electronics
Covestro worked with paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel to develop a new type of waterborne coating system with adjustable haptics and a matt optics effect. One current example is the functional Smart Mirror from the Chinese manufacturer Mine Technologies.
The mirror cover is coated with AkzoNobel's waterborne soft-touch coating, which gives it a silky feel and a luxurious matte effect. It is resistant to abrasion and scratching and is based on the polyurethane raw materials Bayhydrol and Bayhydur from Covestro. The water-based coating is characterized by only low emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contributing to a more sustainable manufacturing process.
The mirror also features new electronic functions. If you swipe its edge, it begins to glow. The brightness can also be adjusted via swiping. The Smart Mirror can also connect to WiFi networks and is capable of recharging wirelessly. The product received an “iF Design Award” and an “International Design Excellence Award (IDEA)” in 2018.
With pilot projects like this, Covestro is positioning itself in the growing consumer electronics devices market. In doing so, the company is supporting customers along the value chains in accordance with principles of CMF design (Color, Material, Finishing). In addition to the variant presented here, silk, velvet, and leather-like product surfaces with various degrees of matte and gloss can also be produced.
The mirror's back panel and light ring are made of Makrolon polycarbonate from Covestro, which is characterized by its impact strength, heat resistance, flame retardancy and transparency. The company also offers post consumer recycled solutions and polycarbonate material with renewable contents to help consumer electronics customers achieve their sustainability goal. The mirror also includes a bag made by the Shanghai-based company Huafon Microfibre. It employs a microfiber leather solution for this purpose, using the polyurethane raw material Desmodur.