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Design and performance in one
Shooting for the mobility of tomorrow
Demands on modern cars are increasing rapidly. The vehicle of the future should be chic and individual, as well as solid and undemanding in terms of maintenance, and also safe, efficient and environmentally friendly. However, so long as conventional materials continue to be used, we are reaching the limit in terms of how all these characteristics can be optimized. This applies both to the exterior of a vehicle as well as the interior.

With new materials from Covestro, the limits of what is technically feasible can be pushed: high-tech polymers, groundbreaking coatings and novel light functions enable a quantum leap into a new era of innovative mobility concepts that combine revolutionary design with a high standard of performance. Covestro is making great strides in this direction and works closely with scientists, universities and companies. The aim is to become even more innovative in future.
Experts say the world will have at least 2 billion motor vehicles by the year 2050. Each one of which is reason enough to totally rethink the materials used in automotive engineering.
Source: Shell passenger car scenarios, 2014

The new lightness of driving

Greater efficiency and safety with wrap-around glazing made of polycarbonate

Glass and metal: This combination has been the absolute standard in automotive manufacturing for roof components since day one. Can’t we do better? We most certainly can! Especially when a new material displays the same strengths as a conventional one, but overcomes its weaknesses. Covestro researchers have no doubt that transparent polycarbonate can do both.

This high-tech plastic has two decisive advantages over glass: First, it weighs only half as much while offering comparable strength. That makes a car more fuel efficient and therefore more eco-friendly. Second, polycarbonate can be shaped much more easily than glass and therefore is ideal for designing complex geometries. It opens up a whole new world of possibility for automotive designers. And as we know, a signature design is one of the most important criteria for standing out among the crowd of new vehicles.

Instead of the usual heterogeneous structure of windows, pillars and roof, the entire roof module can now be a monolithic, transparent dome, thanks to polycarbonate. Not only does this look spectacular, it also gives passengers a complete 360° panoramic view. Luxury thanks to new perspectives, and a big plus for the safety of other traffic participants.

A new directive only recently approved the use of polycarbonate for front windshields. This was a crucial step for the automotive industry, because it paves the way to innovative wrap-around glazing that takes design, efficiency and safety to a whole new level for future vehicle models. Covestro will continue to support automotive manufacturers and suppliers along the way.

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Diverse uses for polycarbonate throughout the bodywork

"We want to encourage designers to think beyond today’s restrictions and push boundaries with our materials."
Eckhard Wenz, Technical Marketing Automotive

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