Covestro AG has gives its continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFRTP) the brand name of Maezio as it seeks to advance its market presence.
The thermoplastic composite is based on continuous carbon or glass fibers impregnated with polycarbonate, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or other thermoplastic resins. From these components, Covestro produces uni-directional reinforced tapes and sheets for further processing by customers.
Covestro stepped up its CFRTP activities with the acquisition of start-up German composites manufacturer TCG three years ago. Since then, it has scaled up production to a commercial level.
The advanced composites can be used for lightweighting purposes with applications in a range of industries, including the electrical and electronics industry, automotive, household appliances and medical technology.
Covestro claims to have addressed the two main issues surrounding the production of the composites, namely cost-effectiveness and scalable manufacturing.
“The brand gives us a clear and strong identity to further expand our expertise in thermoplastic composites,” says David Hartmann, co-CEO for CFRTP composites alongside Michael Schmidt.
The new brand, he went on to say, can deliver “a combination of lightweight construction, specific strengths and finishes at a scale unreachable by advanced materials today.”
The innovative materials, which are also recyclable at the end of their useful life, can be thermoformed with existing equipment at high yield rates and low cycle times, a feature that can be vital when manufacturing scales are in the range of millions of parts per year.