MIDLAND, MICH. (July 9, 11 a.m. ET) — Dow Chemical Co.'s automotive unit has opened two Composite Technology Centers focused on carbon fiber composites for the auto and commercial transportation industries.
A 2,000-square-foot technology center opened in Freienbach, Switzerland, in April, with a high pressure resin transfer molding machine for prototype production. Freienbach also has an adhesives training center.
The second center, with more than 5,000 square feet of space, opened in Dow's headquarters home town of Midland, Mich., in June, Dow Automotive noted in a July 9 news release. The Midland site will have development space for direct long-fiber processing, prepreg, performing, compression molding and laminating.
Carbon fiber and other lighter weight composite alternatives have been gaining additional attention from the auto industry as it works on reducing vehicle weight and meet higher fuel economy requirements.
“In two key locations, we now offer critical on-site composites material and processing development capabilities that will further our expertise in this area,” said Peter Cate, global strategic marketer for composites.