News from Covestro

Covestro products in a new light

The new Covestro Solution Center [https://solutions.covestro.com/] is online: a key component of Covestro’s digitalization strategy is now being launched. In the new Covestro Solution Center, more than 2000 Covestro products can be accessed via an intelligent search, which also includes numerous technical product features.

Customers can filter by product characteristics or application areas and compare products side by side, as well as application examples. This helps innovation managers, designers, developers and purchasers to find what they are looking for even faster. They obtain new insights and discover inspiring content.

Unified appearance – all product information in one place

The new website http://www.solutions.covestro.com is strictly focused on the needs of the customers and supports them in all phases – from the initial idea to ordering the product. In the Covestro Solution Centrr, customers can see all product features and examples of applications, download data sheets, compare products, make service requests, inquire samples, find the right contact persons and contact Covestro directly.

The journey continues

“Our vision is to create a modern and seamless experience across all digital interfaces,” says Karsten Malsch, Program Manager of Digital Customer Journey at Covestro. “The Solution Center is our main anchor. Now it’s time to get the customers on our website.” This is supported by the use of social media channels. Just recently, Covestro in China started a selective approach via WeChat – other regions and channels will follow. The journey continues.

With 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 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, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2018.

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International conference in Germany – CO2 utilisation – a research magnet

Carbon dioxide as a new raw material and substitute for crude oil / Scientists from all over the world see great potential / Five-day meeting co-organized by Covestro

From greenhouse gas to useful raw material: At a major conference in Aachen, Germany, numerous scientists from all over the world discussed how CO2 can make the chemical industry less dependent on oil. During the five-day meeting, it became clear yet again that this topic has great potential. For example, carbon dioxide from industrial exhaust gases and even from the atmosphere can be used to produce high-quality chemicals, plastics or fuels. This could be used to create a closed carbon cycle in the long term as a central element of a circular economy. The conference was co-organized and co-sponsored by materials manufacturer Covestro, which sees itself as a pioneer in the use of CO2.

The 17th “International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization” (ICCDU) was held under the motto “From Science to Application”. “We are delighted that numerous creative ideas for the use of CO2 have already resulted in innovative products and processes that are being marketed by large industrial companies as well as agile start-ups. These are promising steps to make chemistry even more sustainable,” said Walter Leitner, Professor at RWTH Aachen University and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and one of the ICCDU Chairmen.

A video is also available here

Hermann Bach at #ICCDU2019 on CO₂ as a valuable raw material and substitute for crude oil

Cooperation as the key to success

Co-Chairman Dr Christoph Gürtler, Head of Catalysis Research at Covestro, added: “CO2 is a very inert molecule which makes it anything but easy to use. The key to success lies in the cooperation between application-oriented science and research-based industry.” With this approach, Covestro, for example, succeeded in developing a platform technology in close cooperation with RWTH Aachen University to use CO2 as a building block for foam and other plastics.

One particular focus of the conference was the coupling of carbon dioxide and electricity from renewable energy sources. Through this process, fuels and important chemical building blocks such as methanol, formaldehyde or formic acid can be produced in a particularly sustainable manner. “The ‘decarbonization’ of energy generation by wind and solar plants with the help of the greenhouse gas CO2 can contribute to the ‘defossilization’ of the chemical industry,” emphasized Professor Leitner.

With 2018 sales of EUR 14.6 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, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2018.

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