Collaboration has always been part of accelerating innovation at Dow.

We teamed up with mobility pioneer Louis Chevrolet early in the 20th Century to incorporate lightweight Dowmetal™ pistons into his new eight-cylinder “Frontenac” racing car - a car that driver Tommy Minton drove to victory at the 1921 Indianapolis 500.

A century later, we are the Official Materials Science Partner of Jaguar’s Formula E team, Jaguar TCS Racing, working together to advance safety, comfort, range and energy consumption of electric vehicles (EVs) on the track and on the road.

After partnering successfully with mobility OEMs and their suppliers for more than 100 years, we are committed to working together daily to solve the biggest materials challenges.



Mobility Science Jaguar TCS Racing team

The Power and Practice of Mobility Collaboration

How do we reinvent mobility as a sustainable, low-carbon industry without compromising on efficiency, performance, and safety? How do we do it for internal combustion engines, hybrids, EVs, or alternative power sources such as hydrogen fuel cells?

From our experience, we’ll get much further together. Collaboration with like-minded mobility partners enables us to tap into one another’s deep expertise and incorporate the latest research, processes and developing technologies to help shape the mobility of tomorrow.

Learn what Collaboration means to our partner and Jaguar TCS Racing Team Director, James Barclay, and Global MobilityScience™ Director, Tim Boven.  

Take a deep dive into some of our recent collaborations below.

The Challenge

Partnering with Hella to Develop the Future of Automotive Lighting

Partnering with Daimler AG, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. developed the groundbreaking MULTIBEAM ADAPTIVE LED headlight. Incorporating 84 individually controllable LED pixels arrayed in three rows, the headlight dynamically distributes light in real time based on changing traffic, weather and road conditions. It also enables the high beam function to be used more frequently to provide greater safety. Distributing light evenly from the module’s 84 LEDs required design of a complicated primary lens structure incorporating 84 light guides. The primary lens material needed to be highly flexible and durable to perform reliably during long exposure to high temperatures and photodensities.

 

 

optical design Led Light

The Solution

Hella’s search for a solution led it to Dow for our global leadership a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology, and innovation. With assistance from our MobilityScience™ experts, Hella eventually specified SILASTIC™ MS-1002 Moldable Silicone which, exhibiting 72 Shore A, delivered the most suitable combination of hardness and elongation to produce complex lenses. SILASTIC™ MS-1002 Moldable Silicone is a highly transparent material that processes easily at room temperature and exhibits very low viscosity before cure. Combined with its high elongation and tear strength and easy demolding performance, these qualities significantly expand design possibilities for fabrication of complex shapes, micro-scale optical structures, multifunctional parts, and undercuts that are difficult to achieve with organic polymers. The outstanding thermal stability of SILASTIC™ MS-1002 Moldable Silicone was the most critical attribute.

 

 

 

 

Tilman Maucher, Project Manager for Lighting Development, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.

“Dow’s close collaboration with us throughout our product development process helped to ensure we achieved the optimal performance of SILASTIC™ MS-1002 Moldable Silicone in our application. As an innovation partner, Dow is highly responsive and even proactive with regard to our design challenges, and they took ownership of our success at every step, from design through the molding process. Their leadership in silicone science offered important support to Hella’s leadership in automotive lighting design.” 

 

 

The Challenge

Partnering with HiPhi to Develop High-End, Sustainable Silicone Leather Seat

Innovative Chinese automotive startup HiPhi approached Dow Mobility’s team in China in 2019 about developing a revolutionary high-end, sustainable synthetic leather material for seats. They wanted it to match or exceed the finest Nappa leather in terms of touch, appearance, and experience without use of volatile solvents and plasticizers. Ultimately, they wanted a luxurious, odorless, low-carbon, environmentally friendly material for their first luxury electric SUV vehicle, the HiPhi X, launched in 2021.

Team working on a seat with LUXSENSE™ Silicone Synthetic Leather

The Solution

LUXSENSE™ Silicone Synthetic Leather is the world’s first high-end silicone-based synthetic leather material to meet specifications in mobility seats and interiors, as well as furniture, fashion, wearable devices and consumer electronics. It delivers a luxurious sense of sight in terms of cleanliness, durability, color personalization and design freedom. The LUXSENSE™ Brand also avoids DMF and plasticizer usage, providing enhanced sustainability, as well as superior UV resistance and hydrolysis resistance that effectively prevents leather aging.

High flame retardancy is coupled with self-extinguishable features, and no harmful gasses are released in the event of a fire, making it a safe option for use in confined spaces. LUXSENSE™ Brand adopts the innovative top coating technique to ensure fresh and non-tacky touch even in sultry and humid environments.

Witness the performance of LUXSENSE™ Silicone Leather, designed to meet automotive interior demands, including stain resistance and safer materials.


 

 

The Challenge

Partnering with Adient and Autoneum to Foster Circular Economy Mobility Solutions

Driven by market demand, industry goals, and higher regulatory standards for reduced emissions and waste, automotive OEMs are actively seeking more circular solutions to help reach their sustainability goals. New viable physical and chemical recycling techniques to obtain new, high-quality feedstocks are needed.

 

 

Leather car seats. Interior detail with stitch

A New Solution

Dow incorporated an advanced recycling mass-balance approach to the production of new polyurethane solutions based on a circular feedstock sourced from a waste product of the mobility sector that replaces virgin fossil-fuel based feedstock. New SPECFLEX™ C and VORANOL™ C product ranges are now offered to the mobility sector in collaboration with leading automotive suppliers Adient plc and Autoneum Holding AG.

Launched in 2021, SPECFLEX™ C and VORANOL™ C are designed to help automotive OEMs meet their market and regulatory demands for more circular products and reach their sustainability goals. Recycled feedstock is now being used to produce circular polyurethane-based products that match the performance of existing products while reducing the use of fossil feedstocks. Both products are certified by an independent mass-balance certification agency which validates that the quantity of polyurethane intermediates produced from recycled materials corresponds to the appropriate quantity of end-product, confirming that the reporting is accurate and auditable – a true service to society, following ISO 14044.

 

 


car driving into nature

Learn how the collaboration with Adient and Autoneum is advancing sustainability  

      

 

 

The Challenge

Partnering with Jaguar TCS Racing on EV Thermal Management

Among the primary challenges of maximizing EV performance is perfecting thermal management, from enhanced utilization of waste heat to more optimized cooling of key components. This is especially true for Jaguar TCS Racing’s I-TYPE 5 race car where the car is being pushed to the absolute limit.

 

 

Thermal Management solution

The Solution

As the Official Materials Science Partner of Jaguar TCS Racing, Dow’s MobilityScience™ engineers came alongside the racing team to identify key challenges to racecar performance, safety and efficiency, and determine the materials that may solve them. In the case of thermal management, this consisted of understanding their unique requirements and existing limitations.

In a relatively short time, Dow was able to help the team determine the thermal interface material that provided the greatest optimized performance in not just thermal conductivity, but resistance and durability as well. Dow’s solution was also able to help protect and regulate necessary components in the crucial powertrain, in spite of each component having its own preferred environment and temperature.

Learn more about the importance of thermal management with Jaguar TCS Racing Team Principal James Barclay and Global MobilityScience™ Director Tim Boven.

 

 


Jaguar racer inside race car

The Power of Sport

Learn more about how Dow and Jaguar TCS Racing are using the track as a real-world test bed for EV technologies designed for a low-carbon future

 

 

 

The Challenge

Partnering with Bridgestone to Develop Breakthrough recyclable tire sealant technology

Roughly one-third of all new passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. today are no longer equipped with a spare tire due to increased demand and availability of extended mobility solutions such as self-sealing and run-flat tire technologies. Unfortunately, most of the existing conventional sealant materials are difficult to separate from tires, which compromises tire repairability, end-of-life tire recycling and tire material circularity. 

 

 

 

SST KV Launch Design

The Solution

After more than four years of joint research and development, in June 2022 Bridgestone introduced B-SEALS, the first-ever extended mobility self-sealing tire solution that can be easily recycled at end of life. This breakthrough technology -  using newly developed SILASTIC™ self-sealing silicone material - provides excellent sealant performance in the event of a puncture without compromising sustainability. B-SEALS sealant can be efficiently separated from tires to promote tire repairability and potentially extends the amount of time a tire is in service.

Bridgestone will initially offer tires with B-SEALS sealant technology to OEMs looking to reduce vehicle weight and improve overall efficiency as more electric vehicles come to market.

 

 

 

Collaboration team working together

Dow’s Collaboration Business Model

Dow openly collaborates across industries, customers, suppliers, communities, universities, NGOs, and governments around the world in pursuit of the solutions that will enable a sustainable future.

That’s how we’ve always done business, and that’s how we’ll help you innovate for the road ahead.

Explore our Working Together section for the big picture on collaboration with Dow.

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