AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—Dow Automotive Systems' Betamate 1620 structural adhesive has won a 2015 Golden Mousetrap award in the category of Materials Assembly: Fastening, Joining and Assembly Components.
The contest recognizes design, engineering and manufacturing in North America and was hosted by UBM Canon and Design News.
Betamate 1630 is used to bond the body structure of automobiles during assembly. The company said it enables the use of dissimilar substrates such as carbon fiber composites, aluminum or lightweight steel to achieve weight savings, improved fuel and assembly efficiencies and sustainability.
Dow Automotive claims the adhesive helps reduce noise and vibrations and the need for mechanical fasteners is reduced or eliminated.
Betamate 1630 also received a 2014 Research and Development 100 award after being named one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the past year by R&D Magazine.
Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of the Dow Chemical Co., provides solutions and advanced materials for automotive and commercial transportation original equipment manufacturers, tier suppliers and aftermarket customers.