Pittsburgh, March 5, 2018 — From the discovery of polyurethane chemistry to utilizing carbon dioxide as a raw material for producing premium polyurethane foam, Covestro, which has led advancements in polyurethane for more than 80 years, will share knowledge of polyurethane chemistry with presentations at Foam Expo North America, beginning March 6 in Novi, Michigan.
Dr. Haakan Jonsson, president and managing director, Covestro LLC, will participate in a panel discussion, “Evaluating Developments in the Polycarbonate (CO2) Polyols Market for the Polyurethane Industry,” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. The panel of industry experts will discuss recent developments in this market and share their forecasts on the potential for this technology.
Prior to the panel Q&A, Jonsson will present “A Brighter Use of CO2 – How Covestro is using CO2 as the Raw Material for Flexible Foam.” This 15-minute presentation will highlight the company’s use of CO2 in the production of cardyon™, an innovative raw material used to manufacture high quality, flexible polyurethane foams. cardyon™ is made with up to 20 percent carbon dioxide. Jonsson will speak to the business case behind the investment, while also providing insight into the longer-term innovation potential beyond flexible foam.
Eric Denison, vice president polyurethane systems, Covestro LLC, will join the panel discussion “Examining the Potential for Foams in Lightweighting Efforts in the Automotive Industry,” on Thursday, March 8 at 10 a.m. The panelists will discuss the role of foam in automotive lightweighting and their visions for new foam applications. Denison will highlight how the company is working to advance new applications for polyurethane foam in new mobility trends such as electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and ridesharing. He will also cover current applications in lightweighting and R&D efforts.
Foam Expo North America, takes place at Suburban Collection Showplace, March 6-8, in Novi, Michigan.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,200 people at the end of 2017.
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cardyon™ is a registered trademark of Covestro Group.
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