Dow, DuPont Merger Completed

Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. today closed the $130 billion merger the companies announced in December 2015.


Dow, DuPont to Merge, Then Create 3 Companies

U.S. chemical giants Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. have agreed to merge and then divide into three independent companies that focus on agriculture, specialty chemicals and material science.

Auto Industry Accounts for 10% of Top 100 Global Innovators

Three carmakers—Honda, Nissan and Toyota—and seven predominately automotive suppliers were included in this year’s Thomson Reuters' list of the top 100 global innovators.

Materials & Lightweighting

Ford, DowAksa Partner on Carbon Fiber Development

Ford Motor Co. has signed an agreement with DowAksa to develop high-volume production techniques for carbon-fiber-reinforced components for cars.

Mulally to Join CEO Talks with Obama

Ford Motor Co.'s Alan Mulally will be one of a dozen CEOs of big American companies who will discuss the federal deficit with President Barack Obama at a meeting at the White House on Wednesday.


Dow Doubles on Composites Research

Another data point regarding the transition toward what may be considered non-traditional materials for automotive applications (unless, of course, said applications are for cars with (1) price tags that are generally at or above six figures or (2) use on Formula One circuits) comes from Dow Automotive Systems, which has recently opened two labs with a focus on developing carbon fiber composites.


Dow Automotive Adds Two Composite Tech Centers

Dow Chemical Co.'s automotive systems unit has opened laboratories in Europe and North America to help customers develop carbon fiber composite processing technology.


Ford, Dow to Partner on Carbon-Fiber Research

Ford Motor Co. and the Dow Automotive Systems unit of Dow Chemical Co. have agree to collaborate in a quest to find ways to use carbon-fiber composites in high-volume production vehicles.


Dow Kokam Targets Commercial Fleets for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Dow Kokam LLC tells AutoTech Daily that commercial fleets are a primary target for its high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.


Dow Kokam Opens EV Battery R&D Center

Dow Kokam LLC has opened a research and development center in Lee's Summit, Mo., to develop lithium-ion batteries and prepare the designs for production for applications in the transportation, defense and stationary power source industries.

New Partnership Targets “Green” Tires

The Dow Chemical Co. and Lehigh Technologies Inc. are partnering to develop more environmentally friendly rubber tires.


Dow Forms Electrolyte Venture

Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. and Japan's Ube Industries Ltd. have formed a 50:50 joint venture to produce electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries used in electric and hybrid vehicles.


Partners to Showcase Lithium-Ion Technology

Dow Kokam LLC's exhibit at the Paris auto show that begins at the end of this month will feature an "interactive battery systems solution center" to showcase its unique lithium-ion chemistry and promote hybrid and all-electric vehicles.


Dow Kokam Buys Dassault Battery Company

U.S.-based Dow Kokam LLC, a lithium-ion battery maker, has acquired Societe de Vehicles Electriques, the former subsidiary of France's Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault.


Dow Kokam Acquires Dassault Battery Unit

Dow Kokam LLC, a joint venture formed last year by Dow Chemical Co. and TK (Townsend Kokam) Advanced Battery LLC to make lithium-ion battery cells, has acquired Societe de Vehicles Electriques.

New Bio-Based Polyol: Green & Less Odiferous

Two things are going on in the market right now.


Fuel for Thought

According to Bernie Rosenthal, CEO of Reaction Design (San Diego, CA; www.reactiondesign.com), “We are rapidly coming to the point where mainstream engine technology developers and creators realize that the chemistry of the combustion event has a large effect on what goes on in the engine, and what comes out of the tailpipe.” Reaction Design currently markets two main software suites—Chemkin 4.1, which visualizes the chemical reactions and compares them to parameters of interest (ignition time, flame stability, particulate formation, etc.) and Kinetics, which adds flow and mixing effects through the addition of a CFD component—and is adding Gamma Technologies’ (Westmont, IL; www.gtisoft.com) GTPower powertrain simulation program to create a model of the powertrain from the engine to the tailpipe.

Materials & Lightweighting

Soy Oil for 'Greener' Interior Foam

Farm chemurgy?Bizarre as that may sound, according to Ash Galbreath, director of Environmental Comfort & Engineering at Lear Corp. (Southfield, MI; www.lear.com), this undertaking, farm chemurgy, which involves using chemistry and other scientific processes to transform farm crops to industry products, is something that is being taken very seriously at Lear as they work toward more environmentally sound products and processes.


Dow Claims Olefin 'Breakthrough'

The Dow Chemical Company (www.dow.com) is calling a new olefin elastomers it has developed a “breakthrough.” Called INFUSE Olefin Block Copolymers (OBCs), they’re said to provide performance and properties beyond current olefin elastomers, including high-temperature performance, abrasion resistance, elasticity and compression set properties at room and elevated temperatures, and fast setup in processing for reduced cycle times.


Learning About Design from Non-Auto People

In which ideas about design and innovation are encountered at a conference at which there are no people from the auto industry.


GM’s Real-World European Fuel Cell Adventure

In what has turned out to be highly fortuitous timing, General Motors conducted a 38-day, 10,000-km endurance run for fuel cell cars in Europe at a time when the price per barrel of oil was going through the roof.