New York - Dow Automotive Systems expects commercialisation of its soya-oil containing acoustic foam formulation to commence in Dec 2011, thanks to a grant from the United Soybean Board.
In a 4 Oct news release, Dow Automotive said the new formulation, developed under the trade name Betafoam Renue, is now in trials with a major North American OEM.
"It has been very exciting to develop a novel, sustainable product that will become a commercial reality," said Matt Asher, North American technical service & development leader, Dow Automotive Systems. "The grant from the United Soybean Board was instrumental in helping us move quickly from an innovative idea to a success story."
Similar to traditional Betafoam acoustic foams, Betafoam Renue can be injected into vehicle cavities like A, B, C pillars and rocker panels to reduce air and road noise, Dow said in the statement. The foam replaces baffles traditionally used in these areas and is also low density to reduce overall vehicle weight.
Of the 78 grants awarded, seven, including the grant to Dow Automotive Systems, are directly related to the use of soy technology in the automotive industry, Dow said. The United Soybean Board administers activities toward research, market development and expansion aimed at viable uses of soy technology and the success of US soybean farmers.