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Dow opens carbon fibre composite tech centres


Dow Chemical’s automotive unit has opened two Composite Technology Centres focused on carbon fibre composites for the auto and commercial transportation industries.
A 2,000-square-foot technology centre opened in Freienbach, Switzerland, in April, with a high pressure resin transfer moulding machine for prototype production. Freienbach also has an adhesives training centre.
The second centre, with more than 465m² of space, opened in Dow’s headquarters home town of Midland,US, in June, Dow Automotive noted in a July 9 news release. The Midland site will have development space for direct long-fibre processing, prepreg, performing, compression molding and laminating.
Carbon fibre 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.


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