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Covestro harnesses sustainability and innovation for first partly bio-based film

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Now more than ever before, OEMs and designers are looking for sustainable alternatives to the traditional materials used in their applications. Recognizing that sustainable thinking and action are key to a brighter future, we’re expanding our materials portfolio with a novel polycarbonate film.

Sustainable innovation: the benefits of partly bio-based Makrofol® EC

As part of our long-term commitment to the circular economy, we’re bringing sustainability and innovation together with the launch of our first partly bio-based polycarbonate film: Makrofol® EC. More than 50% of this material’s carbon content is sourced from plant-based biomass. When compared to standard films made from petrochemicals, a portion of the oil-based primary products used have been replaced with plant-based raw materials. Reducing the use of raw materials based on fossil resources slashes the film’s carbon footprint by approximately 20%.  
 
With Makrofol® EC polycarbonate film,  our customers can benefit from a more sustainable alternative to standard polycarbonate films that exhibits comparable or even better properties, including improved chemical and weather resistance. This partly bio-based film also offers excellent mechanical properties and impact strength, high abrasion resistance and surface hardness, and good optical properties.
 
Makrofol® EC polycarbonate films can be processed by a variety of technologies, including printing, thermoforming, high-pressure forming (HPF), coating (hardcoat, adhesive), cutting and lamination.

Polycarbonate film in action

Similar to conventional polycarbonate films, Makrofol® EC polycarbonate film can be used a variety of applications spanning several industries, including: 
 
Automotive: Speedometers, decorative trim parts and instrument clusters
Electrical, electronics & appliances: Electrical insulation, electronic housing and decorative control panels
Graphics: Labels, tags, overlays and signage
Packaging: Thermoformed packaging for sensitive goods

More and more customers are supporting sustainable products. This is why research on bio-based products is an important priority for us.

Wieland Hovestadt

Head of Research and Development in the Specialty Films division,Covestro

Key benefits

  • High strength Features excellent mechanical properties and impact strength
  • Excellent weather and chemical resistance Offers improved resistance to UV rays and chemicals
  • High durability Provides high abrasion resistance and surface hardness

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