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Covestro PC sheet helps new pedicab roll.

Frustrated by equipment malfunctions and lack of options, Ben Morris, chief pedicab officer, Coaster Pedicab, set out to create the pedicab he believed the market was missing. Using feedback from its mechanics, professional drivers, passengers and the management team, the company began developing the next-generation pedicab. When they were finished, all that remained of the previous vehicle's standard design was the three-wheel concept. With the design set, the team began its search for the ideal material to bring it to life. Lightweight and formable Makrolon[R] SL polycarbonate sheet from Covestro LLC fit the bill. Gauge selection, color and tint definition, fabrication, form, fit and function were all key drivers for this unique application.

"Other possible materials could not satisfy the needs of this demanding application," said Justin Bruce, chief operating officer of Coaster Pedicab. "Fiberglass was too heavy, and other plastic materials prototyped could not withstand the abuse a pedicab endures. Makrolon[R] SL polycarbonate sheet, on the other hand, offers lighter weight, greater durability, higher impact strength and a brighter, cleaner look.

Makrolon[R] SL polycarbonate sheet is used for the pedicab siding and canopy, which provide structure, protection from the elements and a backing surface for applying advertisements. There are currently three models of Coaster Pedicabs on the market--Pro, Luxe and Luxe All Weather all of which use Covestro's polycarbonate sheet.

In addition to the material advantages provided by the polycarbonate sheet, Coaster Pedicab also benefited from the support offered by Covestro's technical experts. "Covestro has a long history of supplying polycarbonate sheet to the transportation industry," said Celeste Dunn, segment manager for transportation, polycarbonate sheet, for MS Global AG, a Covestro company. 'Working with Coaster Pedicab resulted in an outstanding end product that exceeded everyone's expectations."


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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY NEWS
Publication:Plastics Engineering
Date:Sep 1, 2016
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