Press release
August 19, 2015

CoverForm® wins SPE Grand Award for its first series application

- The Mercedes touchpad from Continental with a CoverForm® surface from
KraussMaffei and Evonik wins the renowned SPE Grand Award 2015
- Robust surface and cost‐effective production win jury over

At the beginning of July 2015, the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) once again premiered the most creative and innovative solutions for automotive construction and communication media, celebrating the 16th Award Night in Neuss, Düsseldorf. The jury awarded the Grand prize in the Electronical/Optical Parts category to the visually appealing Mercedes touchpad, which is equipped with an extremely scratch resistant surface made with CoverForm®.
This makes automotive suppliers Continental and Daimler the first users to integrate CoverForm® into mass car production together with Evonik and machine manufacturer KraussMaffei. The decision to use this technology developed by Evonik and KraussMaffei came about from the requirements that manufacturers and customers place on the touchpad: It had to be possible to manufacture the three‐dimensional component using injection molding, and the surface of the part must not show any scratches or chemicallyinduced changes, even after intensive use.
The path to achieving this goal was full of technical challenges, but the hard work paid off after the technology won the 2015 SPE Grand Award.
Continental manufactures the touchpad at its Babenhausen site for the C, S, V and GT classes in the Mercedes model range. The company uses the CoverForm® process, in which the part is coated with a highly crosslinked, scratch‐resistant acrylate layer during the injection molding process. Surfaces produced in this way are extremely scratch and chemical resistant.
A production volume of more than a million faceplates is expected to be reached as early as 2016.  

Press contacts:
Doris Hirsch
PR Management Acrylic Polymers
Evonik Performance Materials GmbH
Tel.: +49 – 6151 – 18 4079
Fax: +49 – 6151 – 18 84 4079

Petra Rehmet
KraussMaffei Brand Spokesperson
KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH
Tel.: +49 ‐ 89 8899 2334
Fax: +49 ‐ 89 8899 3092

About Performance Materials

The Performance Materials Segment is led by Evonik Performance Materials GmbH. The heart of the Segment’s gloabl activities is the development and production of polymer materials and intermediates, mainly for the rubber and Plastics industry as well as for the agricultural industry. In fiscal 2014 the Segment’s approximately 4,400 employees generated sales of €3.8 billion.


About Evonik

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals and operates in the Nutrition & Care, Resource Efficiency and Performance Materials Segments. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative strength and integrated technology platforms. In fiscal 2014 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €12.9 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €1.9 billion.


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