Processing Magazine

Dow Automotive Systems expands composite processing capabilities

August 1, 2012

FREIENBACH, Switzerland and MIDLAND, Mich. — Dow Automotive Systems is expanding its capabilities in composite processing technology with the opening of two Dow development facilities — one in Freienbach, Switzerland and the other in Midland, Mich.

The Composite Technology Center in Freienbach offers a comprehensive infrastructure to develop composite applications paired with the appropriate joining technology. The laboratory opened in April and is equipped with a large high-pressure resin transfer molding machine (RTM) for prototype production. It also offers development and testing facilities for resins and related adhesives.

In Midland, Dow is also creating a center to accommodate technologies associated with direct long-fiber processing, prepreg, preforming, compression molding and laminating. This site is co-located with key corporate research and development capabilities including analytical sciences, the Materials Engineering Center and a wealth of polymer chemistry and processing related expertise.

“These important composite technology facilities demonstrate Dow Automotive Systems’ commitment to the development of lightweight composite solutions critical to meeting industry fuel efficiency and emissions targets,” said Peter Cate, Global Strategic Marketer for Composites. “In two key locations, we now offer critical on-site composites material and processing development capabilities that will further our expertise in this area as well as provide immediate benefits to customers investing in these technologies.”