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Tuesday - July 26, 2016

Solar Impulse returns safely to Abu Dhabi

First around-the-world flight with solar energy

Ultra-lightweight materials from Covestro supported pioneering work
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Finally succeeded! The pilots André Borschberg (left) and Bertrand Piccard have made the impossible possible by circumnavigating the world solely with the power of the sun.

The two Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have completed the first around-the-world flight in their exclusively solar-powered aircraft. Early this morning they returned safely to Abu Dhabi, the starting point of their journey. An official partner of the Solar Impulse project, Covestro shares the pilots’ delight about their successful premiere.

“On behalf of all employees of Covestro, I sincerely congratulate you on this courageous work,” said Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas. “We are very proud of having contributed to the success of this project and of pushing boundaries with the materials we developed.”

Mid-day last Sunday, the aircraft took off from Cairo for the last leg of its circumnavigation of the globe. It flew more than 40,000 kilometers without using a drop of fuel, breaking numerous world records. Covestro was on board with ultra-lightweight materials. The company was responsible, in particular, for the design of the cockpit.

About Covestro:
With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and as of the end of 2015 employed approximately 15,800 people (full-time equivalents).

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