Dow Automotive Systems

A leading provider of composites, polyurethanes, elastomers, films, fluids, adhesives, emissions solutions and acoustic-management materials to the global transportation industry. Works collaboratively with passenger vehicle, commercial transportation and aftermarket customers to develop industry-leading solutions.

1250 Harmon Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326 US

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Dow Chemical Co.

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The rear wall of the Audi R8 Spyder, manufactured by BENTELER-SGL.

Highlights: SPE ACCE 2017
The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibiton (SPE ACCE), held Sept. 6-8 in Novi, MI, US, remains the composites industry’s go-to event for the latest on technology and equipment for automotive composites design, tooling and fabrication.

Dow, DuPont complete merger to become DowDuPont
DowDuPont will operate as a holding company under with three standalone divisions – Agriculture, Materials Science and Specialty Products.

JEC World 2017: Show report, part 1
JEC World 2017 was, by almost any measure, the biggest and busiest JEC event yet, and exhibitors came with much to show the world of composites about innovation in materials, equipment and technology.

JEC World 2017 exhibit preview
JEC World will be held March 14-16 in Paris. CW previews some of the products and technologies that will be at the show.

Metal + composite = Less weight, more room
Global supplier develops scaled design approach for metal/composite hybrids in highly loaded automotive applications.

Epoxy intermediates
Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, Michigan) has developed VORAFUSE epoxy intermediates, which, when combined with carbon or glass fiber fabric, are said said to offer improved handling and rapid cycle times for compression molding of composite parts for structural applications.

Dow, Aston Martin extend partnership
A broader portfolio of Dow solutions will be used for Aston Martin production models and race cars.

Breathing-mold process yields sandwich composite from LFT
In-cavity foaming and controlled mold-opening technique creates core and faceskins from a single injection molded material, reducing part mass and boosting performance.

Dow launches new carbon fiber bonding technique
Injection bonding of structural adhesives enables multi-material mix in large volume production.

Structural adhesives, Part I: Industrial
Today’s myriad chemistry options enable formulators to tailor adhesives to customers' exact application requirements.

The matrix (2017)
The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here's a guide to selection.

Form + function = Classy chassis
Sandwich-composite chassis components double as structural and styling elements, reducing cost of ownership.

JEC World 2016 exhibition and product previews
JEC World 2016 will be held in Paris March 8-10. These are some of the products that will be found at the show.

Wet compression molding
Old process updated and automated to offer lower cycle time and cost in BMW 7 Series plus potential for void-free, 65% fiber volume composite parts.

VOC reduction strategies for LFRT composites
Additives supplier seeks novel methods to limit VOC emissions from long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics.

Automotive composites: Thermosets for the fast zone
Epoxies continue to be developed for faster cure to meet automotive production rates.

Dow, Clemson University team up on carbon fiber vehicle prototype
Dow Automotive Systems created a customized formulation of a VORAFORCE epoxy resin matrix system for the project.

Dow: 60-second epoxy is in range with liquid compression molding
Dow Automotive Systems (Horgen, Switzerland) made big news at JEC Europe 2014 with the introduction of VORAFORCE, its ultralow-viscosity, fast-cure epoxy for automotive molding.

The rise of HP-RTM
Decades of development have propelled it to prominence but its future demands industrial solutions for handling cost, complexity and process control.

Dow Automotive expands VORAFORCE process development
Dow's VORAFORCE epoxy, introduced in 2014, has been assessed for use with wet compression and shows potential for sub-60-second cycle times.

Product Categories of Dow Automotive Systems

Materials
  • Adhesives
    • Epoxy
      • Epoxy, Solvent-based
      • Epoxy, Water-based
      • Epoxy, Other
    • Urethane
      • Urethane, Solvent-based
      • Urethane, Water-based
      • Urethane, Other
Composite Structures & Components
  • Automotive, body panels & substructures
  • Automotive, interior (seats, IPCs, floor panels, etc.)
  • Automotive, underhood
  • Carbon/carbon composites
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • Product design
  • Consulting
    • Consulting, materials
    • Consulting, process development