Pushing boundaries at K 2016

K Fair, the world’s largest plastics trade show, held last month in Düsseldorf, Germany, was a huge success with 230,000 visitors from more than 160 countries. The Covestro booth was buzzing with activity throughout the eight-day event.
One of the major attractions catching the interest of attendees was a new design concept for electric cars developed in collaboration with design students and partners from the automotive industry. Made possible with Covestro materials, the visionary concept features holographic lighting, a seamless front end, polycarbonate wrap-around glazing and the use of sustainable coating and adhesive systems.

Attendees were able to hear an expert talk that provided a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the concept car. See for yourself:

Expertise meets fresh perspectives

In what was truly a collaborative effort, Covestro worked closely with talented students from the Umeå Institute of Design (UID) in Sweden and the Northern Works design agency in Finland to develop the visionary car concept. With technical support from Covestro experts, the students cultivated completely new ideas for design and functionality that bridge the gap between design and materials. Their contributions focused on using Makrolon® polycarbonate in exterior lighting applications, creative surfaces and integrated solutions that played a key role in the design of the electric concept vehicle.

For a closer look at UID and its next collaboration with Covestro, read “Real-world classroom: Covestro challenges design students to innovate with polycarbonate”.

New designs for vehicle lighting

Covestro often works closely with customers to develop new concepts that push the boundaries in regard to styling, functional integration, safety, profitability and sustainability. For the concept car, Covestro worked with automotive supplier HELLA to develop several innovative lighting solutions for the front and rear of the vehicle, incorporating LED technology. One groundbreaking application was based on holographic films that allow various light functions to be integrated into body parts. The solution requires very little space and opens up entirely new possibilities for using light as a design element.

Learn more about the future of automotive lighting and the new designs presented at K 2016 by watching this video with HELLA lighting experts Steffen Pietzonka and Kamislav Fadel.

You’ll also find more details about innovative automotive lighting solutions made possible through Covestro’s collaboration with HELLA by reading: “Holographic films play starring role in high-tech lighting” and “Stand out with seamless design”.

For more information, email us: plastics@covestro.com

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