Today’s vehicles are going through technological change, getting increasingly efficient, safe, light, durable, eco-friendly, energy efficient, corrosion resistant with reduced emissions. These features are obviously redefining manufacturing processes as well.
There is increasing use of diverse materials such as metal, glass, rubber and a variety of reinforced plastics and composites in their manufacture.
Working with these diverse materials requires superior bonding technologies that will provide safe and invisible joining methods. Over 40kg of adhesives are being used today in the manufacture of an average car, to handle noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and maximize driver and passenger comfort, provide acoustic insulation and vibration dampening.
As Electric Vehicles (EV) enter the immediate horizon, heavy battery packs and heat-stressed structural joints present new challenges, which will further expand the use of structural adhesives, thermally-resistant and electrically-conductive materials and their appropriate application equipment.