As plastics become a more integral part of the automotive exterior, of the demands placed on plastics become greater and greater. One critical demand for exterior parts such as bumper fascia, body panels and rocker panels is the stiffness of the part.  Optimizing the stiffness and toughness balance is critical in creating a part that is capable of resisting dents.  Dow Elastomers has worked with the industry for decades to optimize our elastomers so that they will deliver a good balance of properties for each application.

 Graphically showing improving the Stiffness vs. Toughness Balance by Modifier Level