June 30, 2022


Automotive forever

Dow supports automotive sustainability goals with new moldable optical silicone

New SILASTIC™ MS-5002 Moldable Silicone presents a lot quicker throughput, with 4X much more creation cycles in advance of essential mold cleansing vs. incumbent item

MIDLAND, Mich. – May possibly 10, 2022Dow (NYSE: Dow) released these days SILASTIC™ MS-5002 Moldable Silicone, a specialised liquid silicone rubber (LSR) featuring extremely small mold fouling for a lot quicker cycle moments and higher-high quality optics in automotive adaptive driving beam (ADB) gentle guides. As the industry development for ADB headlights accelerates to mass creation, optical matrix lens molders are wanting to produce excellent pieces with bigger throughput and much less preventive maintenance. This new substance has been specifically formulated for injection molded pieces with less-complicated geometries that need superior-efficiency production. It also functions significant transparency and non-yellowing to improve LED gentle output, and a vast processing window.


SILASTIC™ MS-5002 Moldable Silicone enhances and extends Dow’s present portfolio of moldable optical materials for ADB headlights, which include SILASTIC™ MS-1002, SILASTIC MS-1001 and SILASTIC™ MS-4002 Moldable Silicone grades.

“As regulatory acceptance for Adaptive Driving Beams expands all over the world, desire for these chopping-edge, responsive headlights is rising,” said Mark Bradford, worldwide phase chief for Lighting at Dow. “To assistance brands ramp up output of higher-high-quality, sustainable optical lenses for ADBs, Dow has made a specialised moldable silicone that decreases pounds as opposed to glass and plastic, and lowers power prerequisites to deliver each individual portion. SILASTIC MS-5002 Moldable Silicone enables faster throughput, sharply lowers generation downtime and floor degradation from mould fouling. We’ve also developed a international ecosystem for ADBs, including regional specialized centers and a network of molders, to assist clients that pick out our moldable silicones.”

Complementary to Other Dow Moldable Silicones

Each of the products and solutions that comprise Dow’s portfolio of moldable optical silicones for ADBs addresses a distinctive established of client demands. SILASTIC™ MS-1002 Moldable Silicone is suitable for sophisticated ADB geometries with 50-90 light-weight guides, whilst the SILASTIC™ MS-4002 quality provides reduced yellowing less than humid disorders and the SILASTIC™ MS-1001 merchandise gives low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to meet Asia-Pacific regulatory needs. The new SILASTIC™ MS-5002 Moldable Silicone grade is targeted to prospects that value high productivity when molding significantly less-complicated optical parts.

This expanded offering provides the market with a broader array of possibilities for developing and production ADB gentle guides.

To discover a lot more, download the supplementary technical white paper.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) brings together world wide breadth asset integration and scale targeted innovation and products science know-how major business enterprise positions and environmental, social and governance (ESG) management to achieve lucrative advancement and provide a sustainable foreseeable future. The Company’s ambition is to turn out to be the most impressive, buyer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science organization in the globe. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones enterprises delivers a wide selection of differentiated, science-centered solutions and alternatives for its prospects in significant-expansion market place segments, these types of as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and purchaser programs. Dow operates 104 manufacturing web pages in 31 nations around the world and employs approximately 35,700 men and women. Dow shipped revenue of around $55 billion in 2021. References to Dow or the Firm necessarily mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For additional data, you should go to https://www.dow.com/en-us or adhere to @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

Maki Cao, Dow
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Jo Duran, AH&M
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