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Lord presented the advantages that the adhesives provide compared to mechanical fixing at Feiplar Composites.
“”Besides the evident visual benefits, the adhesives increase impact, fatigue and vibration resistance besides working as sealers, preventing dust and humidity entrance””, describes Julio Cesar Perez, Lord’s director in South America.
One of the newest examples is the Stark jeep, launched in 2007 by the Brazilian company TAC. Although this vehicle is born to face challenges of muddy and curvy trails, it is not meant to bother its driver with noises and vibrations while accelerating. That’s the reason, says Leandro Correia, TAC’s engineer, all of the fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) components of the vehicle’s body had to be jointed with adhesives. “They’ve also improved the vehicles visual style by do not using screws and clinches”, he explains.
The marine industry also has been noticing the benefits resulting from adhesives application. In 2008, an important Brazilian shipyard started to apply the acrylic-based adhesive Lord LA 031/19F. “”The product, from Lord Corporation’s 600 line, was nationalized in our factory in Jundiaí, São Paulo, to meet boat constructors’ specific needs””, details Giuliana Franchi, Lord’s sales executive. Indicated for adhering composite parts of the hull – i.e. chassis and finishing items – Lord LA 031/19F replaces the lamination process used by the shipyard. “”This adhesive is highlighted because it assures a longer work time, between 40 and 60 minutes, which is essential to adhesive large parts, common in 30 to 50 feet boats””, explains Giuliana.
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