Technical Partnership Enables Collaboration, Technology Advancements for Aston Martin and Dow Automotive Systems
Aston Martin and Dow Automotive Systems have formed a technical partnership that will enable an expansion of their collaborative development efforts. A broader portfolio of Dow solutions will be utilized for Aston Martin production models and race 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 Ltd. “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.”
For more than 25 years, Dow Automotive Systems has supplied Aston Martin with BETAMATE™ and BETAFORCE™ structural adhesives to enable multi-material lightweight constructions that also offer structural strength. Dow has customized the adhesives to meet a wide range of open time and cure time requirements and bond many different materials, including electro-coated steel, anodized aluminum, carbon fiber and glass fiber reinforced composites.
Most recently, on the DB11, a version of BETAMATE was developed to adhere to anodized aluminum, providing long-term durability and improved crash performance. The adhesive also absorbs less moisture and enabled Aston Martin to delete the anodizing oven drying process, resulting in annual 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 Vanquish carbon fiber composite roof. BETAFILL™ polyurethane body sealant is also used for primerless adhesion to a variety of substrates.
About Aston Martin
Founded in 1913, Aston Martin is an iconic sports car marque of unrivaled heritage that has now entered its second century. With fresh investment, a new Chief Executive Officer in Andy Palmer and the strongest model line-up in the company’s history, the British luxury brand is looking forward to an exciting future. The company boasts state-of-the-art headquarters in Gaydon, UK, combining cutting-edge technology with hand-craftsmanship and traditional techniques. Each car is the essence of power, beauty and soul. astonmartin.com
About Dow Automotive Systems
Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is a leading global provider of collaborative solutions and advanced materials for original equipment manufacturers, tier suppliers, aftermarket customers and commercial transportation manufacturers. Our materials focus includes structural, elastic and rubber-to-substrate adhesive solutions; polyurethane foams and acoustical management solutions; films; fluids; and innovative composite technologies. Offices and application development centers are located around the world to ensure regionalized technical, engineering and commercial support for customers and industry groups. For additional information, visit dowautomotive.com.