Dow recently announced the launch of MobilityScience™ Studios to support the development of innovative transportation technologies. The first two studios, located in Midland, Mich., and Lake Jackson, Texas, offer collaborative workspaces that feature a suite of testing capabilities focused on acoustic and powertrain solutions for fast-moving automotive applications. These enable Dow to create tailor-made noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) and sealing, powertrain, and fluid transfer system solutions. The company reports that, through an integrated approach, MobilityScience Studios foster collaboration to provide customers with solutions ranging from custom product formulations to factory line implementation.
“Our MobilityScience™ platform was created to improve our service, accelerate innovation, reduce complexity, and better connect customers with our products and capabilities,” said Tim Boven, MobilityScience growth director. “MobilityScience™ Studios offer a comprehensive development network that combines collaboration spaces and access to experts with formulation, fabrication, and testing capabilities to deliver better, more innovative and more sustainable mobility solutions to market, faster.”
Automotive OEMs and tiers collaborating at MobilityScience Studio-Acoustics in Midland will have access to Dow’s portfolio of polyurethane foams, elastomers, resins, coatings materials, and specialty chemicals. Customers will have the opportunity to work alongside Dow experts who bridge the gap between acoustics and materials.
“We are using our vast market understanding and technical know-how to fine-tune polyurethane cells at the molecular level and improve acoustic performance of our materials for our customers,” said Esther Quintanilla, Ph.D., global mobility market leader at Dow Polyurethanes. “MobilityScience™ Studio – Acoustics reinforces our commitment to our customers and provides us with a unique opportunity to accelerate acoustics collaboration and adapt to the dynamic landscape of NVH challenges in automobiles, together.”
The MobilityScience Studio in Lake Jackson offers capabilities aimed at the development and commercialization of sealing, powertrain, and fluid transfer system components such as weatherstrips, belts, and hoses. Customers will have access to a variety of state-of-the-art resources to both advance customization of new products and verify end-use performance.
“From formulation creation and mixing through extrusion, curing and end-use testing, the Studio offers a host of comprehensive capabilities for fast-tracking development of innovative EPDM solutions for the transportation industry,” said Robert Guerrieri, North America marketing manager for Transportation at Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “We’ve created these studios so partners across the value chain can collaborate and fully evaluate new solutions while maintaining their production.”
For more information, visit www.dowmobilityscience.com.