10 March 2015
10 March 2015
BETAMATE1630 structural adhesive from Dow Automotive Systems has been selected as the winner of a 2015 Golden Mousetrap award.
Dow explains that BETAMATE1630 is used to bond the body structure of automobiles during assembly, enabling the use of dissimilar substrates like carbon fibre composites, aluminum or lightweight steel to achieve weight savings, improved fuel and assembly efficiencies and sustainability.
According to Dow, the additional performance advantages include improved crash safety, vehicle durability and design flexibility. The continuous bead of adhesive helps reduce noise and vibrations and the need for mechanical fasteners is reduced or eliminated. The adhesive is also designed to be easy to apply, providing benefits on the assembly line as well as in the finished vehicle.
“BETAMATE 1630 is a global product,” said Mansour Mirdamadi, Chief Engineer at Dow. “This allows us to support global vehicle platforms and security of supply, while helping streamline the customer approval and specification process. Additionally, this structural adhesive provides sustainability benefits by supporting vehicle lightweighting, durability and longevity, and manufacturing efficiencies. It helps customers meet a wide variety of targets.”
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