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Innovative adhesive solutions from Dow Automotive Systems

News International-French

27 Jan 2014

Betaforce structural adhesives optimized for BMW i3 production.

Dow Automotive Systems provides OEM customers with customized adhesive solutions that enable bonding of all lightweight materials, including carbon fiber composites. Application areas include compartment solutions for compact electric cars as well as trunk lids.
Composites are gaining traction in automotive production due to their weight-saving potential, yet they remain difficult to join. Adhesives offer a reliable alternative to traditional mechanical and thermal processes, which cannot be applied to these lightweight materials. Advanced bonding solutions such as Betaforce structural adhesives from Dow Automotive enable a continuous bond line and cohesive joining of surfaces.

Recent formulations of this adhesive offer a cycle time of around one minute and are currently being used for mass series production. Open times can be adjusted to accommodate specific mounting requirements in the plant, such as a quicker curing time by infrared treatment. Further, the initial adhesion requires no additional fixing tools.

“Dow Automotive Systems is one of the pioneers in automotive bonding with more than 20 years of experience,” said Steve Henderson, president Dow Automotive. “Now, this heritage is benefitting our current automotive customers as they increase their use of lightweight materials. Our expertise in the chemical aspects of adhesives as well as our application and process knowledge make us a leading development partner for all lightweight bonding technologies”.

The company is seeing an increase in requests for composite solutions, not only on the adhesive side but also for its resin portfolio and expects a significant growth here in the coming year.

About Dow Automotive Systems:
Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is a provider of collaborative solutions and advanced materials for original equipment manufacturers, tier suppliers, aftermarket customers and commercial transportation manufacturers. Their materials focus includes structural, elastic and rubber-to-substrate adhesive solutions; polyurethane foams and acoustical management solutions; films; fluids; and innovative composite technologies. Offices and application development centers are located around the world to ensure regionalized technical, engineering and commercial support for customers and industry groups.