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Advanced Engineering 2018

Automotive Adhesives Positioned for Strong Growth

01 February 2002

The ability of adhesives to bond dissimilar materials such as aluminum, polymer composites, and steels to form large automotive structures will be a key driving force in the growth of automotive adhesives.

Propelled by the need to make vehicles lighter and more energy efficient, industry groups comprised of materials suppliers and vehicle OEMs are pursuing aggressive design goals that will have a dramatic effect on the materials content of new cars and trucks. These initiatives, such as the PNGV's goal of producing a passenger car that can attain 80 mpg, will require extensive use of advanced, lightweight materials while maintaining structural rigidity.

Synthetic materials are expanding throughout the vehicle. In addition to structural parts such as body panels, they are now used to produce a wide range of components including interior trim, instrument panels, glove box/airbag covers, exterior trim, electrical and cooling system components, fuel systems, and powertrain and engine components. The more stringent demands of consumers together with growing environmental pressures highlight the need for lighter designs in today's automobile. At the same time, the growing trend of global vehicle platforms is putting further pressures on raw material suppliers.

These market forces and opportunities are highlighted in a report from Technology Assessment Associates: Transportation Markets for High Performance Adhesives