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Coastal Automotive, Dow Automotive Systems reach Licensing Agreement on Innovative BETAFOAMâ„¢ AFI Acoustical Foam Inserts

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015

Coastal Automotive today announced the company has reached agreement with Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, to license an innovative engineered acoustical foam technology for use in the automotive industry.

BETAFOAM™ AFI is a sound mitigation product based on a unique polymer foaming technology capable of filling and sealing three-dimensional cavities. The system is comprised of expandable foam components inserted throughout body-in-white cavities such as rocker panels and support pillars.

There are two product designs available. One is a distinctive patented design, similar to a honeycomb shape that allows for full flow of anti-corrosion material, thoroughly coating the interior of the automotive body prior to painting. The other design is a customizable extruded part that can be specified to meet customer needs. Both designs provide superior protection from corrosion over the life of the vehicle.

As the e-coat is baked on, the heat causes BETAFOAM AFI to expand up to 3000 percent of its original size, creating a solid foam component that provides excellent sound absorption within the automotive body.

"The business purpose of Coastal Automotive is to bring together innovative technologies that meet the needs of the marketplace," said Clarence Martin, President of Coastal Automotive. "BETAFOAM AFI is another example of an innovative product that will exceed our customers' current and future weight and performance objectives."

Martin said his company expects to take the product to market in the second quarter of 2015.

"BETAFOAM AFI is a unique part that can be precisely positioned to help improve vehicle acoustics as well as help seal the interior," said Steve Henderson, president of Dow Automotive Systems. "We are very pleased to be working with Coastal Automotive to bring this product to automotive manufacturers and tier suppliers across North America. It is a complementary technology to our proven pumpable BETAFOAM and BETAFOAM Renue polyurethane foams, which are exclusively available from Dow Automotive Systems."

About Coastal

Founded in 2007, Coastal Automotive is a leading supplier of energy absorbing materials to the Automotive and Motorsports industries. By combining efficient manufacturing and innovative materials, we provide our customers with high performing, cost effective solutions. For more information visit:

About Dow Automotive Systems

Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is a leading global provider of collaborative solutions and advanced materials for automotive and commercial transportation original equipment manufacturers, tier suppliers and aftermarket customers. Our materials focus includes structural, elastic and rubber-to-substrate adhesive solutions; polyurethane foams and acoustical management solutions; innovative composite technologies; films and fluids with an emphasis on achieving customer and corporate sustainability goals. Offices and application development centers are located around the world to ensure regionalized technical, engineering and commercial support for customers and industry groups.


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