Covestro Introduces Decovery® CQ 6010: Advancing Recyclable Paper Packaging with Bio-Based Barrier Coating

Covestro Introduces Decovery® CQ 6010: Advancing Recyclable Paper Packaging with Bio-Based Barrier Coating

(IN BRIEF) Covestro has developed Decovery® CQ 6010, a partially bio-based barrier coating resin that enables recyclable paper packaging. By replacing polyethylene (PE) and aluminum layers in food packaging, Decovery® CQ 6010 reduces waste and improves recyclability. The resin provides moisture barrier protection and oil/grease resistance, making it suitable for various food applications. It is derived from 37% plant-based ingredients, reducing its carbon footprint. Covestro’s innovation addresses the demand for sustainable packaging without compromising food safety and convenience, promoting a more circular economy in the packaging industry.

(PRESS RELEASE) LEVERKUSEN, 23-May-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Covestro AG (ETR: 1COV), a German producer of polyurethane and polycarbonate based raw materials and one of world’s leading polymer companies, has unveiled its latest breakthrough innovation, Decovery® CQ 6010 in response to the growing demand for sustainable packaging. This partially bio-based barrier coating resin offers a groundbreaking solution to the packaging industry, facilitating the transition to recyclable paper packaging without compromising on food safety and convenience.

Traditionally, paper and board food packaging has required the incorporation of polyethylene (PE) or aluminum layers to ensure moisture control and preserve food quality. However, these materials hinder the recyclability of the packaging, leading to excessive waste and environmental impact. Covestro’s revolutionary barrier coating resin, Decovery® CQ 6010, replaces the need for PE or aluminum layers, enabling the packaging to be recycled.

Decovery® CQ 6010 provides an exceptional moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) control, creating a protective moisture barrier for food products. The resin also exhibits remarkable oil and grease resistance, making it suitable for a wide range of food applications, from dry high-fat products like chocolate bars to frozen food, ice cream, and fresh fruit packaging. It is derived from 37 percent plant-based ingredients, transparently sourced from bark, castor beans, and corn. Compared to virgin PE and standard fossil-based coatings, Decovery® CQ 6010 significantly reduces its carbon footprint.

Covestro’s innovative solution not only meets the demand for more sustainable packaging materials but also addresses the need for improved circularity in the packaging industry. By enabling recyclable paper packaging with enhanced barrier properties, Decovery® CQ 6010 paves the way for a more environmentally friendly and waste-reducing future.

As the world of packaging evolves rapidly, Covestro remains committed to driving innovation and collaborating with industry stakeholders to create solutions that align with legislative requirements and societal expectations. The introduction of Decovery® CQ 6010 marks a significant step towards sustainable packaging practices and demonstrates Covestro’s dedication to shaping a more circular economy.

Davide Reverdito Bove, Sector Marketing Manager Printing & Packaging at Covestro: “While PE laminates do a good job of protecting food contents, they make food packaging virtually impossible to recycle. As a result, a lot of them go to landfill or are incinerated. Our new resin is a game-changer in addressing this issue. It gives food producers and packaging makers an excellent opportunity to deliver the protection that packaging requires while having less impact on the environment. That’s just one reason why we are so proud of this new coating, and so excited to be telling the world about it.”

To learn more about Decovery® CQ 6010, visit its dedicated landing page:

About Covestro:

Covestro is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality polymer materials and their components. With its innovative products, processes and methods, the company helps enhance sustainability and the quality of life in many areas. Covestro supplies customers around the world in key industries such as mobility, building and living, as well as the electrical and electronics sector. In addition, polymers from Covestro are also used in sectors such as sports and leisure, cosmetics and health, as well as in the chemical industry itself.

The company is committed to becoming fully circular and is striving to become climate neutral by 2035 (scope 1 and 2). Covestro generated sales of EUR 18 billion in fiscal 2022. At the end of 2022, the company had 50 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 18,000 people (calculated as full-time equivalents).

Forward-looking statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Covestro AG. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Covestro’s public reports which are available at The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

Media contacts:

Frank Rothbarth
Global Trade Media Relations
+49 175 3025363

Tina Stockhausen
Corporate Messaging & Content, Covestro
+49 172 130 6043

SOURCE: Covestro AG


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