Interview exposant : Covestro

Covestro is among the world’s leading suppliers of premium polymers. Our materials enable applications in nearly every area of modern life.

1) Could you describe your company as well as the products/solutions that you will be presenting during TRUSTECH 2021?

Covestro is among the world’s leading suppliers of premium polymers. Our materials enable applications in nearly every area of modern life. Innovation and sustainability are the driving forces behind the continuous development of our products, processes and facilities. With 2020 sales of EUR 10.7 billion, 18,000 staff and 50 production sites globally, we remain at the forefront in supporting the industry to create innovative solutions in broad-based market segments.

As a global supplier of specialty films such as polycarbonate (PC) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), Covestro provides consistent high-quality films to the world’s major markets and have production and technical competence center locations in Europe, North America and Asia.

With its Makrofol® ID and Platilon® ID product portfolio, Covestro is among the leading suppliers of polycarbonate (PC) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) based specialty films which are used for manufacturing highly tamper-resistant ID documents such as national identity cards, passports, driver licenses and border crossing cards. Covestro continues to develop new innovative film material solutions to provide tomorrow’s security needs today.

We look forward to our participation at TRUSTECH to showcase how our specialty films can help to create highly secure identification documents.

2) In your opinion, what are the current trends that are providing opportunities for your company?

The Identification market is constantly evolving with continued trends in leveraging both physical and digital identities to create  secure physical citizen ID documents. Today’s core government identification programs such as national ID cards, passports, driver licenses and border crossing cards require robust substrate materials to protect the documents’ physical data as with the contents embedded into the electronic chip. Covestro is leveraging its renowned specialty films solutions and experience to help card and passport manufacturers create identification documents that are secure, high quality and robust in accommodating today’s highly demanding citizen ID programs requiring utmost durability and security features.

3) Why did you choose to participate at TRUSTECH 2021? Will you be presenting innovative/new products or solutions during this event?

Covestro aims to engage with the industry, identity ecosystem, customers and partners for brand awareness, solution evangelization and thought leadership. The TRUSTECH conference bring together the industry for knowledge sharing among the participating exhibitors, speakers and visitors. 

We highly value TRUSTECH as an outstanding venue to network with key industry establishments and subject matter experts to jointly share and discuss the latest market trends. The continued trend towards the convergence of physical and digital identity to create secure ID documents plays well into our specialty films portfolio for the Identification segment.

This year at TRUSTECH, Covestro plans to evangelize our “Pushing boundaries in ID document innovations” including the following specialty films solutions:

  • Superlaser polycarbonate film - doing more with less
  • Thin high opaque white polycarbonate films for sophisticated clear windows in ID documents
  • Color switching polycarbonate films
  • Integrated passport cover, hinge and data page concept

4) How is TRUSTECH 2021 important for growing your business?

It’s an exciting time in the identification segment as market trends are showing a continual trend towards leveraging the best of both worlds in physical and digital ID to create highly secure identification documents.

With threats to identification documents constantly evolving, the industry continues to seek technologies that minimize the risk of counterfeiting and alteration for citizen ID documents while optimizing quality and production process efficiencies.

The TRUSTECH conference will be an important event for Covestro this year as we will promote the “Pushing boundaries in ID document innovations” leveraging our polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyurethane films. The innovative all-in-one ID solution concepts include passport covers that are scratch and abrasion resistant, thin high opaque white polycarbonate films to enable sophisticated ID document clear windows which can also be in combination with color switching polycarbonate films.

Driven by the desire to make the world a brighter and more secure place, Covestro developed solutions for identification documents considering multiple security needs.

5) Where do you intend to grow your business in the future (countries or verticals)?

Covestro has a global footprint in the identification segment and its polycarbonate films have been used in various citizen ID programs for many years.  With the continued trend in multi-purpose e-ID cards and e-Passports leveraging both physical and digital identities, Covestro will continue to support the industry via its renowned specialty films solutions and prioritize on citizen identification documents that require very high security, quality and durability. 

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