Schwalbach, Germany - Dow Automotive revealed three new solutions for car manufacturers at the recent Plastics in Automotive exhibition, the company said in a 6 April press release.
Dow Automotive, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co., showcased its CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastics), skin and interior acoustics products at the event in Mannheim, Germany.
CFRP is emerging as a "strong technology" to address issues such as reduced CO2 emissions and increased fuel efficiency, Dow said, adding its Voraforce and Betaforce range of composite resins and adhesives responds to the vehicle industry's needs, by providing affordable and robust materials. The German company also claimed that Betafoam cavity filling foam provided good acoustic benefits, not always present in CFRP structures.
Dow Automotive also introduced a specific set of acoustic insulation products, including Specflex, a viscoelastic polyurethane foam that provides noise reduction in applications such as carpet underlays, and Acoustimize, a online testing tool that helps customers optimise noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance. Dow claimed that Specflex could reduce noise by up to 5 decibels compared to fibre-based products.