At JEC Europe 2015: Dow Automotive Systems

This multi-national subsidiary of Midland, MI, US-based Dow Chemical Co., from its Schwalbach, Germany, facilities, came to the show with an update on its VORAFORCE 5300 epoxy resin matrix system.

Dow Automotive Systems (Schwalbach, Germany, and Midland, MI, US) presented an update on VORAFORCE 5300, its epoxy resin matrix system for high-pressure resin transfer molded composites. Dow Automotive Systems says it can now offer under 60-second mold cycle times for high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) or wet compression with the VORAFORCE 5300 resin matrix, truly enabling mass production of carbon fiber composites.

Peter Cate, Dow Automotive's global strategic marketing manager, commented on VORAFORCE 5300: “Our novel formulation enables ultra-fast infusion and curing, while its super-low-viscosity also increases part consolidation potential in structural automotive composite production. With this new system we can meet the demand of automotive OEMs to achieve affordable lightweight manufacture of true high-volume part production. And in 2015, we present an advanced level of it with higher thermal performance, molding cycle times of around 30 seconds and further flexibility advances, solving critical customer manufacturing issues."

A VORAFORCE™ 5300 Tech Talk was scheduled at the stand at 2:00 p.m. on March 10 and again at 11:00 a.m. on March 11.