Covestro is turning one: The materials manufacturer has been standing on its own two feet for 12 months now and can look back on a fast, successful development. Following the official separation from the Bayer Group on September 1, 2015, the former Bayer MaterialScience established itself of the international capital market with the largest stock market flotation in Germany since 2000. The past 12 months were also extremely gratifying for Covestro from a financial standpoint.
The colorful new identity is also visible at Shanghai site, where Covestro produces components for flexible and rigid polyurethane foams, the high-performance plastic polycarbonate as well as raw material for coatings, adhesives, sealants and specialty products such as high-quality films. These materials are required in many key industries, including automotive, construction, consumer electronics, wood and furniture, medical technology, sport and leisure.
“We have completed a complex transformation processes and shown what we are capable of. We are very proud of that,” said CEO Patrick Thomas. “An XL startup, Covestro has developed to the great satisfaction of our customers, investors and other stakeholders.” Thomas pointed out that the operating result (adjusted EBITDA) has been increased each quarter since the company became independent. Relative to the issue price of EUR 24, the share price has approximately doubled now.
To make the world a brighter place
Thomas is also pleased that Covestro employees all around the world have a high appreciation for Covestro as an employer and are living the new corporate values with such enthusiasm. “We are curious, courageous and colorful. That is our foundation for providing products, technologies and solutions that push boundaries and make the world a brighter place.”
To this end, the company is focusing even more intently on innovation. Besides traditional research and development, it gives all its employees the freedom to express their creativity in their fields.
At the same time, Covestro is increasingly anchoring sustainability at every level. The objective is conserve the environment, advance society and at the same time create economic value. The company has therefore established a series of challenging and measurable targets it wants to achieve by 2025. For example, it plans to halve greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton of product produced relative to 2005.
The company is also breaking new ground when it comes to carbon dioxide. In 2016, Covestro brought a new plant on stream at is Dormagen site in which the climate killer is being used for the first time as a raw material. A CO2-based precursor for the production of polyurethane foam for mattresses and upholstered furniture will soon make its market debut.
Many new products and ideas
“A perfect example of how Covestro combines sustainability and innovation,” said CEO Thomas. “We will have plenty more along these lines on display at K 2016, the world’s largest plastics trade fair, in Düsseldorf this October. One highlight is a new vehicle concept intended to promote electric mobility. For the first time ever, all of the glazing is made of polycarbonate.”
Covestro has also gleaned valuable insights for the further development of its products and potential new applications from the Solar Impulse mission – the around-the-world flight completed in July in an ultra-lightweight aircraft powered only by the sun. Among other things, Covestro designed the cockpit and provided a highly efficient insulating material, without which the flight would not have been possible. Covestro will continue to work with the Solar Impulse founders in the future to help clean technologies achieve a breakthrough.
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 employed approximately 15,700 people (full-time equivalents) as of the end of the second quarter of 2016.
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