Covestro polycarbonate wins the road with grille and light bar innovations

Polycarbonate grille and light bar
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Pittsburgh, November 11, 2021 — Plastics and their use in innovative ways are essential to automotive and lighting applications. Every year, these innovations are highlighted at the SPE Innovation Awards Competition & Gala -- the most prestigious and largest competition of its kind in the world.

Dozens of teams made up of OEMs, tier suppliers, and polymer producers submit nominations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle and why it merits the claim as the Year’s Most Innovative Use of Plastics. This annual event typically draws over 700 OEM engineers, automotive and plastics industry executives.

This year, Covestro was honored for its collaborative work in two categories. The first recognizes the company’s work around an electric vehicle grille which improves optical performance, featuring polycarbonate that is hardcoated and painted with a back-lit logo emblem. Using Makrolon®, an optical-quality clear polycarbonate, the 3D electric vehicle panel uses injection-compression molding to form its variable wall thickness throughout the entire part, aiding in stability. After molding, the part undergoes a novel paint-over-hardcoat process for decoration which enhances the molded optics and 3D effect.

In addition to the innovative grille, Covestro was also honored for its material being used in a Rear Control Lamp (RCL). The thick light guide is made using multi-shot, red, thick light blade meets legal stop and tail functions, and incorporates a homogenous appearance for rear lighting. Previously, RCLs like this have not been possible due to the large size, multi-shot and red transmission requirements. For its part, Covestro saw a need and, to meet the challenge, developed a new Makrolon® LED polycarbonate grade with proprietary red dyes and high clarity that has tighter color controls to make it possible to exceed safety standards.

“Covestro has long envisioned the future of frontend grilles like this and we’ve fine-tuned our Makrolon® polycarbonate to meet the stringent material requirements that they present,” commented Todd Laramie, polycarbonates market manager, exterior, Covestro. “It is rewarding that we’ve been able to help make illuminated grilles like this a reality here in North America – and around the world.”

Covestro continues to solve the challenges of tomorrow with innovation material applications today.

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 2020 sales of EUR 10.7 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative, sustainable solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. In doing so, Covestro is fully committed to the circular economy. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics and healthcare industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 33 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,500 people at the end of 2020.

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