Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is the structural adhesives supplier for the 2015 Ford F-150, which launched in November. With a front-end, cab, box and tailgate made out of aluminum alloy and a frame made out of high-strength, lightweight steel, the F-150 utilizes BETAMATE structural adhesives for durability, weight reduction and improved manufacturing efficiencies.
BETAMATE joins dissimilar and hard-to-weld substrates, including high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium structural adhesives, and replaces welds and mechanical fasteners, helping reduce fatigue and failure commonly found around spot welds and fasteners.
Dow Automotive offers almost two dozen grades of BETAMATE for different applications.
In 2014, R&D Magazine recognized BETAMATE 1630 as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the past year. BETAMATE 1630 enables the use of dissimilar substrates, such as carbon fiber composites with aluminum or light-weight steel, to achieve a weight savings of 70 – 100 kg per vehicle.
In addition to supplying BETAMATE adhesives for use in structural applications in the Ford F-150, Dow Automotive is also the supplier of BETASEAL glass bonding adhesives, which is the windshield bonding material in the F-150.