Covestro are the world’s largest supplier of polycarbonate, addressing pressing challenges and developing high-tech solutions used in many areas of daily life. Covestro serve a range of applications in the automotive industry including interior and exterior elements, lighting, seating, ePowertrain and electric vehicle battery (EVB) packaging, using dedicated raw materials for coatings and adhesives, thermoplastics, foams, films, composites and more.
Polycarbonates reduce weight while enabling greater design freedom in front grilles. In roof spoilers, polycarbonates enable good signal reception and transmission for integrated sensors, cameras, and antennas. Polycarbonate materials provide dimensional stability and durability over a wide temperature range.
EVs are creating new design possibilities for front grilles, such as the transformation from open grilles to closed grilles and the integration of signature light, 3D patterns and colour effects using transparent and impact-resistant polycarbonate.
Dynamic light and display integration come together in Covestro front grille demo: a seamless polycarbonate grille with a metallised 3D rear structure and rear projection technology. A second prototype utilizes Makrolon® AG2677 ST polycarbonate for seamless lidar integration into exterior parts with silver-printed black Makrofol® film. To incorporate functionalised films into the design, Covestro developed 5D film insert moulding technology, which combines rear 3D structures with colour and decoration.
Emerging automotive technologies also create a demand for new ways to incorporate styling and connectivity into traditional body components. Covestro delivered the ultimate combination of look and function with their next-generation roof spoiler concept, which integrates sensors, cameras and lighting elements for enhanced safety and unlimited design opportunities.