Automotive OEMs and their suppliers continue to seek material solutions with future-oriented, more sustainable properties, without compromising on performance or quality. To meet this need, Covestro is exhibiting water-based polyurethane coatings for eco-friendly door panels at the expo.
Munthanarat Chaisorn, part of marketing communications for specialty films EMLA at Covestro, said, “Covestro recognizes Automotive Interiors Expo Europe as a premier platform that brings together industry leaders, OEMs, innovators and decision makers in the automotive sector.
“This show serves as a significant stage for showcasing our latest advancements in automotive interior materials and technologies. We have chosen this exhibition to connect with key stakeholders, gain insights into emerging industry trends and engage in meaningful discussions with professionals who share a passion for innovative automotive design and functionality. Being part of this show allows us not only to demonstrate our commitment to driving toward more sustainable design in automotive interiors but also to establish valuable connections with potential collaborators.”
With its INSQIN water-based polyurethane (PU) coatings, the company offers translucent optical properties, coating adhesion and deep color effects in door panel covers. This aqueous, low-VOC solution has been developed specifically to enable more cost-effective and sustainable applications for the future requirements of car interiors.
Since no solvent has to be washed out after the INSQIN coating is applied, automotive OEMs can use up to 95% less water compared with substances produced using solvents.
“Our showcase includes a variety of applications made from polycarbonate blends, textile coatings, and specialty polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyurethane film solutions,” Chaisorn added. “The timing of this introduction aligns with the ever-evolving landscape of automotive design, where the demand for advanced functionality and elegant aesthetics is at its peak. By introducing these innovations, we aim to address the current requirements and challenges faced by car designers and manufacturers, providing them with cutting-edge materials that set new benchmarks in quality, performance and sustainability simultaneously.”
INSQIN’s lower CO₂ emissions and energy consumption can reduce the total CO₂ balance of synthetic material by up to 45% and offer a nearly odorless indoor air quality. The CO₂ balance can be further improved by using Impranil CQ DLU, which consists of approximately 35 wt. % renewable carbon.
Chaisorn continued, “Our various more sustainable and superior materials have undergone testing and refinement to ensure they meet the highest standards of quality and performance. The development process has also been guided by a focus on sustainability, with solutions like water- and partly bio-based INSQIN PU textile coating materials contributing to a reduced carbon footprint without compromising performance or quality.
“Visitors will discover new, more sustainable solutions addressing current interior design challenges and paving the way for future innovations. We invite attendees to explore our booth, experiencing first hand how our innovations unlock new design possibilities, enhance driving experiences and contribute to the future of automotive interiors.”
Covestro is showcasing its newest INSQIN coatings and other future-oriented material solutions at the expo. Find out more at Booth 3424.
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