Closed cell polyurethane continues rubber replacement push


Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI), in cooperation with Dow Hyperlast (Middlesex, UK) and Kumpulan Jebco (Selangor, Malaysia), will introduce a high performance microcellular polyurethane system known as Autothane to the Chinese automotive market in early 2012.

Autothane is a microcellular polyurethane system based on hybrid polyols and MDI technology from Dow Hyperlast. It has been specifically developed for impact, shock and vibration management in chassis and suspension applications (spring aids and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) components) and will be processed by licensee partner Kumpulan Jebco and marketed globally by Dow Automotive Systems for the China market.

A new production plant based in Yangzhou, China, is part of an $8 million investment plan by Kumpulan Jebco and will be operational in February 2012. This plant strengthens the Autothane manufacturing base which already exists in Europe, North America, India, Korea and Malaysia.
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