Solutions for a World Moving Forward

Dow Transportation is committed to helping the world go places.

Whether you're working on reducing vehicle weight without compromising safety, engineering the world’s quietest train, or developing more sustainable marine coatings, we can deliver the solutions to help you make it possible – and keep the transportation industry moving forward.

Dow's specialized expertise runs across the full depth and breadth of the company. Our rigorous and ongoing R&D and marketing efforts have led to countless industry firsts, and our extensive capabilities, reach and size enable us to bring you the differentiating products that no one else can.


Increasing fuel efficiency standards, carbon emissions regulations, plug-in range limitations and the high costs of infrastructure repairs are fueling the need for lighter components across the entire transportation industry. Dow continues to develop high-performance solutions that are enabling the transportation industry to reduce component weight while also enhancing structural integrity.

Solutions like a structural foam that is more than 40 percent more mass efficient compared to steel at equivalent weight, enabling downgauging while maintaining or improving crashworthiness. Or an improved catalyst technology that allows for potential lightweighting without loss of stiffness. And specialty elastomers for thermoplastic polyolefin, which can contribute to lighter-weight interior applications, such as instrument panel skins, door panels, consoles and seating applications.

Dow is currently on the cutting edge of carbon fiber composite R&D with global automotive manufacturers. Carbon fiber composites have been used in aerospace and racing cars for decades, but their high cost has prohibited their use in mainstream applications. Automotive OEMs are turning to Dow to help develop a lower cost solution because of our strengths in R&D, materials science and high-volume polymer processing.


The sound of comfort and quality? Sometimes it’s the lack of sound that is the most telling. Dow is working on a number of acoustic technologies that help reduce transportation noise – both for passengers and for passersby.

Take, for example, Dow’s foam solutions that can be injected in automotive and commercial vehicle body cavities or in carpet underlayments and dashmats to reduce noise by as much as five decibels in certain applications. And our adhesives and rubber-to-metal bonding agents can reduce vibrations and lead to a quieter ride. Dow’s NVH test methodology helps manufacturers identify locations for these solutions to optimize noise, vibrations and harshness (NVH) performance.

And the technologies aren’t limited to road vehicles. Dow’s materials science expertise is being put to use to develop quieter next-generation rail systems, with polyurethane foams that wrap around the rails themselves, and cork-infused elastomers that go between the rail and the crossties to reduce the vibration that causes the noise to occur.


No matter the type of transportation method, safety is always the first priority. And Dow is developing solutions that help make transportation safer – both for those traveling and those in the communities being traveled through.

Solutions like structural adhesives that are used to improve safety performance and help automakers meet FMVSS and NCAP safety requirements. Impact-absorbing materials that add a buffer of protection for passengers if a collision occurs. And aircraft deicing and anti-icing fluids that help provide protection during winter-weather traveling.


Getting people or cargo from one place to another – on time and in good condition – is the critical task of all transportation. So reliability is key. Dow is working with industry partners to make transportation more reliable, with stronger, more resilient materials that maintain their performance – even after thousands of miles – whether those miles are on land, on sea or in the sky.

Materials such as specialty elastomers that have exceptional uniformity and lot-to-lot consistency to ensure long-lasting performance of hoses, belts, weatherstripping or tires. Or advanced battery materials that help extend the cycle life of electrified vehicles. Or lubricants and fluids with long service life capable of extending reliable operation.


Dow solutions are helping to achieve energy-efficient transportation by enhancing energy sources, optimizing energy use and minimizing energy loss.

Optimizing energy use comes in large part from lightweighting, such as using re-engineered plastics versus metals. But Dow also offers other optimization solutions, such as battery solutions that are improving the power and distance capabilities of today’s hybrid and electric cars and fluids that reduce frictional resistance to help reduce energy lost.


While better performance is important, Dow never ignores the fact that comfort and overall aesthetics are also vital to travelers. In fact, J.D. Power & Associates ranks interior comfort second only to mechanical reliability in importance among new-vehicle buyers.

Dow’s sustainable chemistries, such as low-VOC foams, are helping to produce more comfortable seat cushions while also improving air quality inside vehicles. And our world-leading elastomer technologies contribute to comfort, appearance and material softness in a number of interior applications. Our acoustic management and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) systems can also help to make rides quieter and more comfortable for passengers, no matter what mode of transportation they choose.


While boosting energy efficiency is vital in the transportation industry, being sustainable requires more than that. It requires using safer solvents and materials that are renewable and recyclable.

Dow is focused on all of that, from developing readily biodegradable lubricants, to using recyclable solvents and high-quality closed-loop degreasing systems for the aviation, aerospace and automotive industries that make it safer and easier to maintain and clean equipment. Plus, low-VOC foams, paints and coatings are being used on a variety of transportation applications.