Covestro and Arcesso’s Arfinio Technology is Winner in German Innovation Award 2024

Covestro, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of polymer materials and components, has been awarded “Winner” of the “German Innovation Award 2024” for outstanding innovation achievements in the category “Excellence in B2B: Materials and Surfaces” for its Arfinio® technology.


The award is presented by the “German Design Council.” Candidates submit projects that have been launched on the market no longer than five years ago, but they can also be nominated by the council. The evaluation is carried out by an independent, interdisciplinary expert jury. The award ceremony took place on May 14 in front of around 300 invited guests at the Futurium in Berlin.

“We are very pleased that the German Design Council has honored us with this award,” said Joan Miquel García Martínez, Senior Project Manager Arfinio® at Covestro. “Arfinio® is a real breakthrough for design, surfaces, and sustainability. This award shows the relevance of combining design, manufacturing technology, and materials for the development of new products and confirms that we are on the right track.”

The Arfinio® technology, which Covestro has developed together with its partner Arcesso, a manufacturer of custom polyurethane parts, combines liquid high-performance polymers and unique minerals with the RIM process (reaction injection molding). This combination enables seamless shapes and surfaces – and was long considered impossible. The resulting products are durable, repairable, and lightweight, can be produced quickly, and allow for free designs. The material also contributes to sustainability as it can be produced with partially bio-based raw materials, can be mechanically recycled at the end of its life cycle, and reused for the production of new products.

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