Dow Automotive Develops New Adhesive for Lightweight Vehicle Construction

By on March 22, 2016 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

“Betaforce composite bonding adhesives enable the joining of lightweight materials, which helps automotive manufacturers achieve many different goals, including better fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions,” says Ana Wagner, global marketing manager for Dow Automotive Systems.

Wagner says Dow’s Betaforce composite bonding adhesive is designed for multi-material vehicles. Audi and its sister brand Lamborghini are using carbon fiber and bonding of structural parts including pillars and tunnels with coated aluminum to reduce vehicle weight. The Lamborghini Huracan’s frame consists of both hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber …

She says the structural adhesives also provide processing benefits such as pre-treatment-free joining of carbon fiber and balanced mechanical properties regarding optimal stiffness and driving properties.

Dow Automotive Systems, a division of Midland-based Dow Chemical Co., is a provider of advanced materials for OEMs, tier suppliers, aftermarket customers, and commercial transportation manufacturers.

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