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Covestro is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites by introducing Maezio as brand name.
These materials are set to tap into the growing demand worldwide for strong and light materials that contribute to resource conservation and energy efficiency. From mobility and electronics industries to consumer goods and medical products, OEMs and part suppliers are expected to benefit from the high performance capabilities of advanced composites while enjoying cost-effective and scalable manufacturing solutions offered by Maezio.
“The brand gives us a clear and strong identity to further expand our expertise in thermoplastic composites,” says David Hartmann, Co-CEO of CFRTP. “We believe the new brand can truly bring value to next-generation products across industries by delivering a combination of lightweight construction, specific strengths and finishes at a scale unreachable by advanced materials today.”
The composite material is based on continuous carbon or glass fibres impregnated with polycarbonate, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or other thermoplastic resins. From these components, Covestro produces unidirectional reinforced tapes and sheets at its production site in Markt Bibart, Germany, for further processing by customers. Being strong, light and aesthetic, these components can be combined into an unlimited number of products, giving designers completely new creative opportunities.
Maezio composites are suitable for mass production. They can be thermoformed with existing thermoforming tools at high yield rates and low cycle times. This is vital when manufacturing scales can be in the range of millions of parts per year. Other production technologies such as hybrid injection moulding, automated UD tape laying and automated fibre placement can be easily integrated.
As thermoplastic composites, Maezio products can be recycled at the end of their useful life.
Covestro reports Maezio is attracting interest in such diverse segments as the electrical and electronics industry, the automotive business, household appliance manufacturers and furniture producers, medical technology, sports goods manufacturers, shoe producers and the luggage industry.
Haier, the world’s largest white goods brand, has launched a state-of-the-art air conditioner under its Casarte brand, which utilises Maezio for the main housing of the product. In the world of footwear, the composites have helped Chinese athletic wear startup Bmai to develop lighter and stronger marathon shoes which benefit athletes and leisure runners alike. Lightweight and very thin laptop covers with novel optical surface effects are a further potential application for CFRTP.
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