The team behind cardyon®

Many disciplines, one goal

More than 200 employees have helped turn a good idea into a real innovation: using CO₂ as a plastic building block. But the road from the laboratory to a marketable product is long. Here at Covestro many trades intermesh so that our customers can offer sustainable final products.

Research & Development

The cradle of cardyon®: Process research developed the catalyst and the process, which is constantly being refined and expanded. This team is supported by product research, which also develops new solutions for the optimized use of cardyon® in the various applications.

Plant Construction and Production

Dormagen, Building K2: cardyon® has been produced here since 2016. Before that, a large team of engineers and technicians designed and built the plant. This team enabled the industrial production of sustainable CO2 product.

Application Development, Product Management and Product Safety

Where can the new CO2 polyols be used? How can they be used to create marketable products that meet all standards? These teams deal with questions such as these.

CAS Segment

cardyon® is not only something for polyurethanes. The CAS segment is also tinkering with possible applications. For example, we may soon find cardyon® in sports shoes.

Patent management, marketing and sales

The novel cardyon® products must first be protected by patents - over one hundred have already been granted. The sales professionals have a “hot line” direct to the customers.

Advocacy, Alliance Management and Communication

Their jobs: To promote the topic of CO2 utilization among politicians, authorities, associations, customers and in the media and to obtain funding for research.

Venture Management

This is where all the threads run together and all the trades involved in cardyon® are coordinated.

Sustainable raw material made from CO₂ – cardyon® by Covestro.

The path to cardyon® was not an easy one, even though in the end it turned out to be such a simple process: CO₂ and a catalyst are mixed together with propylene oxide to produce a sustainable polyol. But in fact many teams and more than 200 clever minds worked for years before it was successfully launched. In the end, there were many gears that had to mesh together and a venture manager who coordinated everything – we were fortunate to have such a great team.