Responsible handling of chemical substances has always been necessary for avoiding health risks. This also holds true for isocyanate processing. Covestro is committed to continually improving the performance and safety of its products, and above all, to setting new standards in industrial hygiene.
Through continual improvements to the manufacturing process, Covestro has succeeded in reducing the residual monomer content of free monomeric diisocyanates to under 0.1 percent by weight. Products meeting these requirements can be recognized by the addition of “ultra” to the product designation. In the coming months Covestro wants to offer raw materials for solvent-based and solvent-free products (Desmodur® ultra) as well as for aqueous coatings and adhesives (Bayhydur® ultra), thereby replacing a significant proportion of the previous product portfolio. Further products should be added to the ultra line in the near future.
“With the new ultra products, in combination with the application of the usual safety measures, we are setting new standards for our customers in industrial hygiene,” says Michael Friede, Global Head of the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segment at Covestro. “As a result, the new product line’s raw materials match the performance level of our conventional products.”
With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronics industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 15,600 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2016.