The Ford F-150 has a front end, cab, box and tailgate made out of aluminum alloy, and fastened with the help of Dow
adhesive. The F-150 makes use of Dow Automotive
’s BETAMATE™ structural adhesives for durability, reduced weight, and improved manufacturing efficiencies. In addition, BETASEAL™ glass adhesives is used in the windscreen bonding on the F-150. Steve Henderson—President of Dow Automotive Systems—commented, “This type of collaboration delivers great results. We can tailor materials like adhesives to meet very specific targets and support a wide range of objectives across the entire vehicle platform. The Ford F-150 is an exciting demonstration of the strength of aluminum in meeting lightweight objectives and is an impressive industry milestone.” These adhesives are part of Dow’s ongoing commitment to supplying solutions that meet specific customer needs and product specifications.