In touch with tomorrow’s trends and players
How Covestro supports talents and learns from experts
Only if we always keep up with the technological trends and social developments outside our company can we meet the challenges of the future. This is why, together with promising talents from universities and experts all over the world, Covestro supports pioneering projects in various industry sectors.
Of course, all parties involved benefit from these cooperations: our partners can rely on the expertise and global capacities of a leading supplier of high-tech materials, and we receive valuable impetus and fresh inspirations for new potential fields of activity.
Our open approach to cooperation is based on our belief that the great challenges our planet is facing can only be solved through a joint effort from many sides – from companies and administrations, as well as from independent organizations and individuals. To root this idea directly within our organization, we have initiated the “Science Fellows” concept: a group of eight authorities in various academic fields who act as mentors, advisors, and ambassadors of innovation at Covestro.
Exemplary projects that Covestro commits to
Covestro invited students from the distinguished Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden and the Northern Works design agency in Finland to Leverkusen to participate in the project “Magic: Revealed.” Its purpose was to push the existing boundaries between aesthetics and materials and develop new ideas for design and functionality that fulfill the dreams of future drivers. The participants concentrated on using polycarbonate in novel daytime and nighttime lighting applications, a 360-degree wrap-around glazing offering a panoramic view and a seamless, aerodynamic design for the car body.
The valuable ideas and findings that were later incorporated in the development of a concept car for the K 2016 plastics trade fair are testament to the success of the project.
The first “Covestro Makeathon” was a joint project of our company with the Münster School of Architecture in early 2016. We invited design students from diverse fields to work and develop together with us for one week. The objective: Covestro wanted to intensify its dialogue with designers, including design students, by means of providing information about its products, but also by learning about their needs. As part of this approach, the students were encouraged to develop ideas for inspiration and visionary prototypes for K 2016 – the most important trade fair for the plastics industries worldwide.
A number of final ideas that were later implemented for the fair, and the establishment of a new creative network within the Covestro cosmos, were just some of the outcomes of the Makeathon. As a highly successful new format from its very beginning, we are looking forward to continuing it in the future!