Innovative composites for head-turning wheelblades
Automakers are looking for new ways to differentiate new EV models from top to bottom—including the wheels. With Maezio®, the Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic (CFRTP) Composites from Covestro, one automaker is doing just that while meeting performance and production goals.
Thanks to the polycarbonate matrix, Maezio® is compatible with a wide range of coatings and decoration processes for designing unique surfaces. This enabled the development of a matt-coating system that not only retained the beauty of the unidirectional fibers but also provided the necessary protection to pass rigorous safety and performance requirements, such as impact, chemical and weather resistance. Moreover, the Makrolon® polycarbonate on which Maezio® is based displays high thermal stability qualities so the wheelblade insert can survive braking-induced temperatures of up to 150° C.
“Maezio® composites are a very unique material because they redefine the connection between beautiful design and carbon fibers. They have set a new aesthetic direction with the unidirectional strands of fibers that remind me of the flowing shapes of rocks within the Antelope Canyon. It feels dynamic and full of energy.”
Maezio®: an innovative solution for wheelblade inserts
- Aesthetically attractive: A new and refreshing alternative to the traditional woven-fabric look of carbon fibers.
- Technically robust: Fulfills rigorous safety and performance requirements in combination with a matt coating system.
- Scalable: Easy processing and high productivity of thermoplastic composites.
- Sustainable: Sustainable solution thanks to outstanding material recyclability.