PHOTO: Films and sheets made from
COVESTRO is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFRTP) by introducing Maezio™ as a brand name.
These innovative materials are set to tap into the growing worldwide demand 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 high-performance capabilities of advanced composites while enjoying cost-effective and scalable manufacturing solutions offered by
The composite material of the future 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 an unlimited number of products, giving designers completely new creative opportunities.
So far a further propagation of advanced composites was hampered by lack of cost-effective and scalable manufacturing processes. Besides that, it is difficult to integrate them into high-volume products. All of this is about to change with
Suitable for mass production They 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 be easily integrated.