There aren’t many industries more global than the automotive industry. For our coating customers, maintaining quality and consistency across geographies, while also managing costs and meeting differing consumer demands and regulations, is a tough challenge. But it’s a road that the global resins team at Covestro is well equipped to help you travel. We have the technology toolbox – from waterborne to powder and two-component resins. We have the people. We know the regulations inside out. And we understand the materials – whether traditional metal or the growing use of plastic - for new cars and parts or refinish.
In fact, at Covestro, we even have a dedicated automotive plastics business. Rest assured that, in addition to our customers, we work closely with these colleagues to continue maximizing our knowledge of materials science in order to drive innovation – for example, through a new generation of waterborne resins for vehicle base coats.
“In the United States, plastic is an area where we’re seeing increasing interest in our waterborne resin technology. Not least soft-feel vehicle interiors, which, of course, have to resist everything from sunscreen to hamburger fat. In particular, we see opportunities for coatings customers to move to a one-coat system that eliminates the need for a primer to create the adhesion. For example, our Neorez® waterborne resin system really can unlock cost and efficiency savings while ensuring a fantastic finish.
The key point, however, is that, at Covestro, we offer more than just a list of products that you pull off the shelf. Innovation is about collaboration, and we work closely with our customers, and the industry in general, to tailor our technology toolbox to their precise needs – and, of course, to make sure we're all driving in the right direction.”
Aaron Lockhart, Industry Manager, Industrial Coating Resins
At Covestro we create more than just resin systems. We produce a wide range of performance materials worldwide. Our Engineering Plastics business, for example, has worked hand-in-hand with OEMs for decades to create lighter, safer, greener, and more efficient cars.
This combined knowledge of materials science - and the automotive applications where it’s applied – helps us to continue moving the innovation needle away from two-component systems coating systems.
One example is the pressing need for the industry to reduce emissions. Painting is the most cost/energy intensive process in car manufacturing with the largest environmental footprint. One way that our coating resins can achieve this is through our family of powder-coating resins that deliver a fine finish but with reduced curing temperatures – saving both money and energy.
Today, you can find our resins being used to coat the following automotive applications:
Interior and exterior trim parts
Truck bodies (primer and surfaces)
Mirror frames, bumpers
Engine blocks and motor housings
Valve covers and shock absorbers
Windshield wiper arms
The best car refinishes are efficient, sustainable and durable. The only problem: traditionally, they consist of multiple layers, each with multiple properties and often based on a variety of resins – unless, of course, you open up the Covestro toolbox.
Our resin technology enables paint formulators to develop coatings that are fast drying, have excellent outdoor durability and, most importantly, can be applied as special multi-layered coatings. Whether you need solventborne or waterborne formats, it’s a simpler solution to an age-old problem.
No matter what the application, substrate or technology, there’s a good chance our team can help you.