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Breakthrough Lightweighting Technologies

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Lightweighting is here to stay and Dow Automotive Systems delivers experienced experts and a proven portfolio to meet your specifications. For example, more than 7 billion meters of BETAMATE™ structural adhesives have been applied by automotive manufacturers since its introduction in 1999.

This is what happens when a mid-size vehicle with 50 meters of BETAMATE is operated for one year:

  • 10 kg primary mass reduction
  • 17 kg total weight savings with mass decompounding
  • .62 percent improvement in fuel efficiency
  • 32.6 kg carbon dioxide reduction

No other supplier can match the lightweighting capabilities of our portfolio. Contact us and we’ll be glad to deliver a lightweighting solution that gives you a competitive advantage.

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Lightweighting Portfolio

BETAFOAM™ structural and acoustical foam

  • BETAFOAM™ structural foams deliver improved crashworthiness and better acoustic performance and cavity sealing. In some cases, the use of BETAFOAM structural foam has enabled more than 36 pounds of net mass reduction per vehicle while maintaining safety performance.

BETAFORCE™ composite adhesives

  • BETAFORCE™ composite adhesives are an ideal choice for joining composites and other dissimilar materials in a variety of lightweight design areas. BETAFORCE can be used to bond coated metals like steel to aluminum, carbon fiber panels to steel or aluminum, sheet molding compound (SMC) to aluminum and more.

BETAMATE™ structural adhesives

VORAFORCE™ epoxy resin system

  • VORAFORCE™ epoxy systems offer extremely low viscosity with industry-leading, ultra-fast-cure molding cycles. Results have been excellent using high-pressure resin transfer and wet compression molding, involving impregnation of carbon fiber pre-forms.
  • Bringing mass reduction capabilities to mass production facilities, Dow Automotive has demonstrated less than 60 seconds molding-cycle time with VORAFORCE 5300 resin formulations. Complete with an internal mold release package, this product supports lightweighting initiatives, increases manufacturing efficiencies, enables parts integration and can be used with carbon fiber or glass fiber reinforcements. VORAFORCE 5300 is classified as not toxic according to REACH 2015 and is formulated to prevent undesirable corrosion of processing equipment. VORAFORCE 5300 showed outstanding VDA-278 test results for volatile and semi-volatile emissions, making it ideal for structural applications adjacent to vehicle cabins.

2015 R&D 100 Awards

Two Dow Automotive products have been selected as finalists in the 2015 R&D 100 Awards:

  • BETAMATE™ structural adhesives for lightweight aluminum, which enable automotive engineers to design vehicles for maximum weight savings
  • VORAFORCE™ 5300 epoxy systems, which enable an ultrafast cure and make it possible to mass produce lightweight carbon fiber composite parts


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Supplying aluminum bonding adhesives for the 2015 Ford
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We partner with customers to deliver targeted performance attributes for aluminum bonding needs.
Contact us to talk about how we can help you achieve your design, manufacturing and sustainability goals.

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