21 June 2016
21 June 2016
Aston Martin and Dow Automotive Systems have formed a technical partnership that will enable an expansion of their collaborative development efforts.
A broader portfolio of Dow solutions will be utilised for Aston Martin production models and race cars. “We look forward to working more closely with Dow Automotive Systems in a partnership that will enable us to accelerate development and demonstrate capabilities of new products and technologies in on-road and racing environments,” said David King, Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda. “Our companies have had great success together for many years and this agreement moves us to the next level of collaboration through joint technology development.”
Dow Automotive Systems says that it has supplied Aston Martin with BETAMATE and BETAFORCE structural adhesives to enable multi-material lightweight constructions that also offer structural strength for more than 25 years. Dow has customised the adhesives to meet a wide range of open time and cure time requirements and bond many different materials, including electro-coated steel, anodised aluminium, carbon fibre and glass fibre reinforced composites.
Most recently, on the DB11, Dow explains that a version of BETAMATE was developed to adhere to anodised aluminum, providing long-term durability and improved crash performance. The adhesive also absorbs less moisture and enabled Aston Martin to delete the anodising oven drying process, resulting in annual energy savings.
On other Aston Martin models, BETASEAL glass bonding systems are used to bond front, rear and side glazing as well as bonding the Vanquish carbon fibre composite roof. BETAFILL polyurethane body sealant is also used for primerless adhesion to a variety of substrates.
Photo provided by Dow Automotive
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