2022 SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
Day One: Covestro showcases the latest interior automotive trends
At Booth 3312 in Hall 3, Covestro is showcasing the latest interior automotive trends, including a new roll-up sunroof shade concept, the Nighthawk demonstrator, a drop-in material solution with reduced carbon footprint, and a brand-new concept door panel and dashboard.
Speaking live at the show, Munthanarat Chaisorn, who is responsible for marketing communications - specialty films EMLA at Covestro, explained that design trends have been driving material and interface innovations in mobility for generations: “With the advent of electric mobility and increasing digitalization, the interior of a car may change drastically – and with it, the need for new smart materials and functional solutions increases. Bearing this transition in mind, Covestro is bringing materials to the market that cater to the request for appealing haptics and intriguing visual appearances – beyond piano black.”
Together with designer Miika Heikkinen, Covestro has created a concept door panel featuring the company’s innovative Insqin water-based polyurethane (PU) coating combined with an adhesive based on a Dispercoll U dispersion – two aqueous, low-VOC solutions that create translucent optical properties, coating adhesion and deep color effects. Chaisorn explained, “The lower CO₂ emissions and the reduced energy consumption of Insqin can reduce the total CO₂ balance of synthetic material by up to 45% while offering nearly odorless indoor air quality. The application’s CO₂ balance was further improved using Impranil CQ DLU, which consists of approximately 35 wt. % renewable carbon, as well as a partly bio-based waterborne soft-touch coating with up to 33% renewable carbon in the final formulation.”
Speaking about the expo, Chaisorn said, “Covestro aims to engage with the automotive interior sectors, such as OEMs, customers and partners for brand awareness, thought leadership and solution provision. We highly value Automotive Interiors Expo as an outstanding venue to network with key industry establishments and experts to jointly discuss the latest vehicle market trends and share knowledge.”
Dr Maximilian Hemgesberg, Covestro’s segment manager for coated films and specialty films global business development, and mobility EMEA & LATAM, concurred: "We are offering a broad product range from raw materials to semi-finished goods for the automotive interiors of the future, and are very much looking forward to meeting with suppliers, customers and partners in Stuttgart.”
Ciro Piermatteo, global technical marketing manager for automotive interiors at Covestro Deutschland AG, will deliver a presentation titled The interior of a car will never be the same at 11:30am tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Technology Presentation Stage.