28 April 2003
28 April 2003
Dow Automotive has entered into a long term agreement with Cyclics Corporation for marketing the cyclic form of polybutylene terephthalate (CBT) resins into the global automotive, bus, truck, and rail markets.
This marketing agreement builds on the success of the resin development alliance announced last April by Cyclics and Dow. Dow’s market development activities will include a number of automotive structural composite applications, as well as crash energy dissipation, occupant protection, and other application areas. Among the initial targets are vertical and horizontal body panels, truck boxes, tail gates, and structural composites. These efforts will be driven by the unique qualities of CBT resin.
Dow Automotive’s research and development team and Cyclics have made great strides in the past year to develop and align the benefits of CBT resin to unmet needs in the automotive and other ground transportation markets. Dow Automotive provides a unique position in the market with thermoset and thermoplastic expertise in both materials science and process development. “We have a great deal of confidence in the potential for this new technology, largely due to the fact that the benefits are so wide-reaching,” said
Jane Palmieri, new business development manager for Dow Automotive. “CBT resins will lead to significant performance improvements over traditional solutions, as well as weight reduction, minimized scrap rates, and lower tooling costs.” As OEMs continue to look toward renewable resources, the recyclable nature of CBT resin will enable OEM and tier one customers to meet governmental regulations for recyclability.
“Dow Automotive’s industry expertise and material science leadership provide a strong link in the supply chain to the automotive industry,” said John Ciovacco, Chief Executive Officer of Cyclics Corporation. “This relationship moves us toward world-scale capacity and allows Cyclics to focus on commercial development efforts with customers outside the automotive industry.”
SABIC is launching its STADECK heavy-duty panel for the building and construction industry. Made from glass fibre reinforced thermoplastic resin, the lightweight panel is said to offer significant advantages across a range of applications where weight saving is important.
Project 12 has collaborated with Total Composite Solutions (TCS), the UK partner of Microtex, on automotive OEM projects for bespoke carbon parts.
Premium Aerotec, Faurecia Clean Mobility and Solvay have launched the research group IRG CosiMo: Composites for Sustainable Mobility, which will focus on the development of materials and process technologies to enable the high volume production of thermoplastic composites for the aerospace and automotive markets.