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Dow Automotive Systems Reacts to Increasing Costs

Published on 2010-06-07. Author : SpecialChem

Despite relentless cost increases in energy and raw material feedstocks directly impacting its glass bonding product range, Dow Automotive Systems is preparing to introduce two new glass bonding technologies which demonstrate that it continues to proactively invest in R&D and is committed to providing innovative solutions to its customers.

Benefiting from the R&D investment and material and production knowledge of The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Automotive Systems will introduce two innovative bonding solutions for both OEM and aftermarket applications:
  • BETASEAL™ 1580: A crash-test proven, easy-to-apply adhesive compatible with standard application guns. It enables 30-minute safe drive-away time (SDAT) making it one of the fastest and safest one-component systems on the market today.
  • BETAWIPE™ Hydro: A VOC-free, pre-treatment technology that will be part of a novel, zero-emission glass bonding system and is the world's first one-component, water-based activation technology in automotive glazing. It is "ready to use" and requires neither premixing nor specific equipment investment. BETAWIPE Hydro can help save time and labor while reducing complexity - plus, it is compatible with Dow Automotive Systems' BETASEAL™ Uni-wipe adhesive systems.

"The challenges affecting our business are significant," said Grant Fisher, vice president, glass and plastic bonding. Stressing that customer relations are a key component of continued business success, he added, "We are now meeting with all of our customers to discuss together how we can best manage the increased cost pressures affecting all polyurethane adhesive materials. We are determined to continue providing maximum value as demonstrated by our new BETASEAL adhesive and BETAWIPE™ Hydro, our zero-emissions, pre-treatment technology."

About Dow Automotive Systems

Dow Automotive Systems is a leading global provider of technology-driven solutions that meet consumer demand for vehicles that are safer, stronger, quieter, lighter, cleaner, comfortable and stylish. The organization provides adhesives, glass bonding systems, sealants, emissions control technology, films, fluids and structural enhancement and acoustical management solutions to OEM, tier and aftermarket customers around the world.

About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow Chemical Company

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