Auburn Hills, Michigan — Aston Martin and Dow Automotive Systems have formed a technical partnership to improve the production and performance of high-end road and sports cars.
Aston Martin and Dow in automotive collaboration
According to a Dow press release, the technical partnership will mean more Dow polyurethane products will be used in Aston Martin production models and racing 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 said it has supplied Aston Martin with a range of customised Betamate and Betaforce structural adhesives. These have a range of processing windows and are designed for material combinations, including electro-coated steel, anodised aluminum, carbon- and glass-fibre reinforced composites.
Most recently, on the Aston Martin DB11, a version of Betamate was developed to glue to anodised aluminum. This helped to produce a part with long-term durability and improved crash performance. The adhesive also absorbs less moisture than alternatives and enabled Aston Martin to delete the anodising oven-drying process said Dow. The firm added that this resulting in 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 carbon fibre composite roof of the firm's Vanquish model, Dow said. Dow added that it's Betafill polyurethane body sealant is also used for primerless adhesion to a variety of substrates by the car maker.