Auburn Hills, Michigan - Dow Transportation Adhesives - a heritage Rohm and Haas business - becomes part of Dow Automotive Systems' global Adhesives business as of 1 Nov, the company announced today.
This unit, operating as a stand-alone enterprise within both Rohm and Haas and Dow for more than 45 years, is described by Dow as "a global leader in the distinct rubber-to-metal bonding segment of the automotive industry." Dow added that it has related capabilities in supplying high-performance bonding and coating products for seals, gaskets, headliners, sunshades, weatherstripping and "a host of other components made of silicone, elastomers and composite materials," for transport industries.
"Dow Transportation Adhesives is a big player in a small but vital niche within the global transportation industry," said Grant Fisher, general manager, Adhesives, for Dow Automotive Systems, in a Dow Automotive statement.
"Their product lines, fundamental chemistries and intimate customer relationships at the fabricating level are an excellent, complementary match for our broad base of elastomer and adhesives transportation products and technologies, as well as Dow's global sales, service, manufacturing and supply chain networks. Their addition to the Dow Automotive Systems family strengthens our businesses significantly."
Dow said that the bulk of Dow Transportation Adhesives' business -- recognised worldwide among Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers for its Thixon, Megum and Robond brands -- is focused on rubber-to-metal bonding applications, as well as interior trim adhesives and release agents used in part manufacturing for cars and commercial vehicles. According to Dow, these "highly specialised bonding and coating technologies are also critical functional enablers for aviation components, rail tanker linings and industrial applications ranging from storage tanks to earthquake pads."
Dow Transportation Adhesives has its headquarters in Auburn Hills, but has manufacturing plants in North America, Europe and Asia, with research and development laboratories in Ohio, Germany, China and Japan.