Maezio composites reduce the carbon footprint of the electronics industry

The recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) found that the Maezio brand of continuous thermal fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites significantly reduced the carbon footprint compared to aluminum-magnesium alloys used in notebook applications.

Covestro has won the second place in the “Best Lightweight Innovation” category for its next-generation notebook PC “A-cover”.

The electronics industry is facing an increasing demand for sustainable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacture, use and disposal of electronic devices. Covestro meets the growing demand for sustainable materials solutions, and its new thermoplastic composite technology has proven to be a sustainable way to produce thinner, lighter, and stronger parts for electronics.

A recent life cycle assessment (LCA) found that laptop casings made with Maezio continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites can significantly reduce carbon footprint by more than 70% compared to conventional aluminum-magnesium alloys.

The environmental performance of all impact categories is better. The LCA study is in accordance with ISO 14040/14044. The independent LCA expert group chaired by DEKRA Assurance Service GmbH reviewed a comprehensive set of parameters to evaluate the environmental performance of the notebook. Made of materials, usually used in advanced laptops. In all impact categories and scenarios, the composite laptop A cover shows better environmental performance than the aluminum-magnesium alloy cover from the extraction of raw materials to the end of its useful life.

Even after implementing current technology developments – using low-impact aluminum-magnesium alloys to cover gas and the recycling potential of both materials – the composite carbon footprint is still 30% lower.

Lisa Ketelsen, head of the thermal plastics composites business at Covestro, said:

“Thermoplastic composites are ideal for producing thinner, lighter, and stronger components for IT equipment that meets future needs. Maezio thermoplastics are not only mechanically competitive, but also environmentally friendly, which will be available to the electronics industry and many other industries. Strong solutions to reduce carbon footprint and achieve its sustainability goals.”

Maezio composites can also achieve about 15% weight reduction compared to aluminum-magnesium alloys, which have similar good bending and torsional stiffness compared to metallic materials. In addition, the composite A cover meets the V-0 classification of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL 94 flammability standard.

Previously, Covestro won the European Plastics Innovation Award for its composite “A-cover” for its next-generation notebooks in 2017. The development won the second prize in the category of “Best Lightweight Innovation”.