Four R&D 100 Award Finalists Improve Automotive Electrification and Lightweighting

Press-Release | October 1, 2018
Four R&D 100 Award finalists improve automotive electrification and lightweighting

Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, October 1, 2018 – The 2018 R&D 100 Awards program has named four finalists from the new DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers portfolio – two grades of Zytel® HTN and two automotive adhesives, BETASEAL™ 7160 glass bonding systems and BETAFORCE™ 9050M composite bonding adhesives. All four product innovations meet customer criteria for challenges including vehicle lightweighting, electrification and the emergence of 5G wireless technology. 

“We are very pleased to have four innovative new products recognized as finalists, highlighting our advancements and developments around vehicle lightweighting and advancements in electrification” said Scott Collick, Global R&D Leader. “We will continue to work on new innovations as the industry transforms.”

The finalists include:

  • BETAFORCE 9050M composite bonding adhesive for automotive mass production and multi-material substrates. This adhesive enables significant weight reduction and improves torsional stiffness of the vehicle. Good handling strength after short curing times enables the car manufacturer short tack times, which significantly reduce manufacturing costs.
  • BETASEAL 7160 fast-cure glass bonding system for heavy truck windshields improves the process quality of windshield bonding and saves manufacturers from water leakage and necessary repairs. This new product helps eliminate the adhesive tapes required to support the one-component system, man-power and costs.
  • Zytel® HTNFR42G30NH novel bio-based, non-halogenated flame-retardant high-performance polyamide for surface mount connector housing offers a good balance of mechanical and electrical properties, low moisture absorption, excellent moldability, high flow and low mold corrosion. It is ideally suited for SMT connectors which are growing in both consumer electronics and automotive electrification.


New Glass Bonding Adhesive

  •  Zytel® HTNLTFR52G30NH BL662 laser-transparent halogen-free nylon resin is designed for very thin parts for automotive electrical systems and consumer electronics. It offers a good flame-retardant rating (V0 at 0.4 mm) while maintaining chemical resistance and dimensional stability performance. It is a very suitable housing material for lithium-ion batteries.

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards program, an integral part of the R&D Magazine brand, identifies and celebrates the top 100 revolutionary technologies of the past year. This year’s winners will be announced at the annual black-tie awards dinner on November 16 at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Orlando, Florida.


About DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers

DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers (T&AP), a DowDuPont Specialty Products Division business, delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to the transportation, electronics, industrial and consumer markets. T&AP partners with its customers to drive innovation by utilizing its expertise and knowledge in polymer and materials science.  T&AP works with customers throughout the value chain to enable material systems solutions for demanding applications and environments.

About DowDuPont Specialty Products Division

DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, building and construction, health and wellness, food and worker safety. DowDuPont intends to separate the Specialty Products Division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found