Covestro accelerates global R&D network

Covestro is further accelerating its global R&D capabilities. The Innovation Center Japan (ICJ) is now equipped to further provide innovative solutions and material developments focusing especially on automotive and construction segment.

Three men in protective clothing and helmets stand next to a production plant.
Upgraded R&D lab for the Japanese market: a new high performance polyurethane R&D installation supports the customers to prototype larger PU panels. Source: Covestro. -

The laboratory upgrade will further increase the prototype capabilities to create innovative solutions for Japanese industrial partners and customers. For example, a new high performance PU R&D installation with power assist devices supports the customers to prototype larger PU panels. Another example is the two-component injection molding installation and DirectCoating DirectSkinning (DCDS) technology from Business Units PCS and CAS to drive innovation with Japanese partners and customers.

In addition to the upgraded lab, the “Customer Experience Center Lounge” is opened to enhance interactions in value added innovation and better involve Japanese customers.

About the Innovation Center Japan

The center started as technical division of Japanese joint venture Sumika Covestro Urethane, who marked its 50th anniversary on September 1st, 2019. Business Units Polyurethanes (PU) and Coating, Adhesive and Specialties (CAS) started technical activities in 1971, followed by Business Unit Polycarbonates (PCS) in 2009. Since then, the Innovation Center Japan has played an important role as an integral part of the Covestro R&D global network including Germany, the United States and China.

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