Manufacturing innovative materials

Suppliers of High Tech Polymers for local industry

Covestro is a leading global manufacturer of sustainable, diverse and innovative materials.

Covestro's products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life with sustainable and innovative materials. Covestro continues to strengthen its position through research and innovation continuously providing customers and partners with quality products and services at competitive prices.

Covestro has three distinct areas:


Covestro is the global market leader in polyurethanes. The company develops and produces the components for rigid and flexible foams as well as for solid materials. The broad spectrum of applications ranges from mattresses and ski boots to insulating materials for refrigeration appliances and buildings.


Covestro is also the leader in the development and production of polycarbonates. Transparent, tough and freely formable, these high-performance plastics can be used in a wide variety of ways, including in the automotive and construction industries.

Coating, Adhesives and Specialties

Covestro is one of the world’s leading suppliers of materials for coatings, adhesives and specialties. One main field of application is to protect such things as automobiles, aircraft and wind turbines against the influence of weather. In Australia and New Zealand Covestro are suppliers to the market's leading paint and adhesive manufacturers.


It all started with a friendship between two men, plenty of natural curiosity and two kitchen stoves. Businessman Friedrich Bayer and dyer Johann Friedrich Weskott use these to conduct experiments and eventually discover how to make the dye fuchsine. On August 1, 1863, they found the "Friedr. Bayer et. comp." company in Wuppertal-Barmen, a 19th century start-up with tremendous potential.

  • 2015

    6th October

    Covestro is listed on the German Stock Exchange.

  • 1st September

    Bayer MaterialScience changes its name to Covestro.

  • 1st June

    Bayer appoints Alchemy Agencies to distribute Bayer MaterialScience products to its New Zealand and Pacific Island customers.

  • Bayer appoints Brenntag Australia Pty Ltd to distribute Makrolon® Polycarbonate in Australia.

  • 2014

    Bayer sells Laserlite® to Impack Pratama.

  • 2009

    Bayer appoints Connell Brothers Australia as a distributor to support customers in the coatings and adhesives market in Australia.

  • Laserlite® Australia merges with Bayer MaterialScience to form Bayer MaterialScience Pty Ltd.

  • 2005

    Bayer spins off its chemical business and one third of its polymers business to create market leading specialty chemical company Lanxess AG.

  • 2000

    Bayer becomes the world's biggest producer of raw materials for polyurethanes.

  • 1954

    Bayer develops Dralon, a synthetic fibre dryspun acrylic fabric that revolutionises the fashion industry.

  • 1953

    Bayer discovers polycarbonate.

  • 1937

    Bayer researcher, Otto Bayer invents polyurethanes.

  • 1930

    Perbunan rubber is developed. Bayer continues research into malaria medication.

  • 1926

    Henry H York sets up company offices in New Zealand and Australia to distribute Bayer products.

  • 1906

    Research into the synthesis of rubber begins and Bayer has the first patent in production by 1909.

  • 1899

    Bayer develops Aspirin.

  • 1881

    A joint stock company Farbenfabriken vorm. Friedr Bayer is formed and by 1883 employs 300 people.

Distributers in Australia and New Zealand of Covestro materials

Industry Associations

The Covestro business has played a key role in the manufacturing sector of both Australia and New Zealand since the 1920's and 1930's respectively. As a committed partner to a diverse range of industries Covestro has been actively involved with  professional industry bodies across Australia and New Zealand. 

Covestro supports the following industry associations and events across the region:

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