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Dow Provides Glue That Bonds The F-150

by Michael McCoy
February 16, 2015 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 93, ISSUE 7

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Credit: Ford
Aluminum helped cut 700 lb from the F-150’s weight, according to Ford.
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Credit: Ford
Aluminum helped cut 700 lb from the F-150’s weight, according to Ford.

Dow Chemical has revealed that it is supplying its Betamate structural adhesives for Ford’s 2015 F-150 pickup truck, which debuted last November. The F-150 is unique in its use of aluminum alloy in the front end, cab, box, and tailgate. Because aluminum is difficult to weld, automakers often glue parts instead.

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