Covestro highlights cross-sector innovation and collaboration at ChinaCoat 2016

China Coat 2016 Covestro Media Roundtable

Today, Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials, will showcase its innovative polyurethane (PU) solutions and cross-sector collaboration at ChinaCoat 2016, one of the most important coating shows in China, from November 30 to December 2, 2016. The Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties (CAS) Business Unit will introduce its latest PU coating and adhesive solutions for key application industries, including transportation, construction, furniture as well as lifestyle, under the powerful motto “Inventing polymer solutions for you”. (Covestro booth No.: 10.2 A15-24).

During the three-day exhibition, Covestro will interpret its positioning for CAS Business Unit “Inventing for you” through a colorful and interactive approach – A series of cross-industry collaborations together with customers and partners in China, as the company strives to keep pushing the boundaries in an open innovation setup and in cooperation along the value chain.

“Innovation is at the heart of Covestro and we work constantly on new products, solutions, technologies and even business models. We believe that partnerships and open innovation is the key to drive sustainable growth and better sustainability,” said Zhong Xiaobin, Senior Vice President of CAS Business Unit Asia Pacific at Covestro.  “At ChinaCoat 2016, Covestro demonstrates our newest PU coating and adhesive solutions for a wide range of industries, generated from seamless partnerships not only between R&D partners but especially along the value chain, from manufactures to brand owners.”

Invent eco-friendly furniture with natural looking appearance

The ever-growing middle-class in China is paying more attention to the creative design as well as safety and health of indoor environment at home and office, in pursuit of a higher quality life.

Covestro, in collaboration with well-known industrial designer Jamy Yang, presents the “SuiXing” eco-friendly furniture collection, which is inspired by Covestro’s low volatile organic compounds (VOC), low odor waterborne two-component PU wood coating solution.
“The innovation in materials is playing an increasingly important role in creative design. On one hand, new materials can stimulate inspirations; on the other hand, good designs need to be supported by the use of innovative materials,” said Jamy Yang. “The collaboration with Covestro gives me new ideas and perspective in design. ‘Suixing’ collection is a perfect illustration of the best combination of aesthetics on surface and sustainability, enabled by the PU waterborne coating technology.”

Under the big trend of industrial upgrading and sustainable development, the furniture industry is also undergoing transformation, especially in terms of meeting the new environmental standards. It brings both challenges and opportunities. According to market forecast, the market share of waterborne wood coating will rise to 10 percent by 2020 in China.

Launch waterborne label targeting the transportation value chain

To support the Chinese government’s effort in promoting green transportation, Covestro has launched a brand new easy-to-spray waterborne coating technology label and extends the awareness of advanced PU coating technology to downstream users, such as domestic bus and rail transit, in cooperation with local leading waterborne coating partners.

Covestro's easy-to-spray waterborne PU coating technology, formulated with Bayhydrol®, can bring users the obvious advantage of higher coating efficiency. The latest waterborne two-component PU coating solution is easy to spray and suitable for 10-35 C working condition with the humidity of 20 to 80%. It has excellent spraying appearance, great bubble film-free thickness (dry film thickness >=120um under natural drying conditions), and similar spray-application window with solvent-based coating.

In China, Covestro's waterborne two-component PU coating solution has been applied to 38,000 large vehicles since 2008 such as bus, wagon truck, metro vehicles and trucks, etc.

Versatile new PU materials: shape the walk to the future


Materials innovation has become an increasingly important factor in realizing product design with better user experience and successful commercialization. Covestro and Successful Design jointly organized the shoe design event “Walk to the Future”, with a focus on developing creative shoe designs and prototypes using smart PU materials.

Six Chinese designers from various fields, including 3D printing design, graphic design, high-fashion design, accessories design, product design and industrial design, were invited to develop shoe prototypes using Covestro’s innovative shoe materials, which include INSQIN waterborne PU coated fabrics, ETPU foam, high performance waterborne adhesives and 3D printing new manufacturing technology. Covestro will work closely with materials suppliers and shoe manufactures along the value chain to produce the shoe prototypes and exhibit them in early 2017.

At Covestro’s inspiring and colorful booth, visitors can touch and feel the next generation of PU coating and adhesive solutions. This will once again prove that Covestro goes beyond a traditional understanding of sustainability and innovation, for now and for the future.
In order to further illustrate the motto “Inventing for you”, Covestro launched a series of case studies about how Covestro helped partners and customers to enhance market competitiveness. For more information, please visit www.chinacoat.covestro.cn.

About Covestro:
With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. 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, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and as of the end of 2015 employed approximately 15,800 people (full-time equivalents).

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