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In the incredibly fast-moving world of mobility, one thing has become more crucial than ever: a reliable partner. For OEM and Tier design professionals, that means a partner that draws on more than 100 years of direct experience in the automotive industry. One who combines dozens of cross-industry technology platforms to create true breakthrough solutions. One who embraces the spirit of collaboration to meet you wherever you are – and to meet challenges for the vehicles of today, for tomorrow and whatever comes next. That partner is 3M. And we are ready to help you.
By drawing from our deep history of reimagining and advancing automotive manufacturing, 3M helps you stay at the forefront of mobility itself. Here’s what that means.
At 3M, our OEM and Tier solutions for automotive design challenges are inspired by our work across 46 technology platforms including acoustics, light management, polymer processing and many more. What can we do for you today?
3M has been developing new materials almost since the first automobiles. Today, through our material development labs and Customer Innovation Centers in 36 countries, we are constantly working to create new and better uses for them.
For the past century, 3M has perfected the art of solving specific customer needs. Today we work with every major OEM in the world, directly and through dozens of demo labs and 50+ Customer Technical Centers worldwide.
At 3M, our decades of developing products and solutions continues to drive a global, integrated network of facilities to provide them to you. So no matter the solution, we’ll deliver it, consistently and reliably, anywhere in the world.
When precision counts the most – in design, lightweighting and structural integrity – 3M delivers ever-evolving solutions in abrasives and structural adhesives, as well as advanced materials for the most cost-effective body-in-white processes.
Tomorrow’s vehicles will require precise control and handling. 3M delivers films, fluoropolymers, structural and fastening adhesives, wheel weights and more for flexibility and efficiency from initial design all the way through assembly.
You’re thinking about automotive interiors for entirely new passenger experiences. 3M is driving the future now with comprehensive solutions for addressing thermal management, lightweighting and noise, vibration and harshness to name a few.
When range, thermal efficiency, safety and customer experience become critical challenges, 3M delivers a rich combination of materials and technologies to solve for tough lightweighting, thermal runaway and acoustic damping challenges. They include enhancing and shielding tapes, 3M™ Glass Bubbles, electrical resins, engineered fluids and more.
Magnet and thermally conductive epoxy adhesives. Boron nitride cooling fillers. Specialty electrical powder resins for enhanced insulation to motor components, and friction shims for increased power density without increasing joint or assembly size. These are just a few of the ways 3M can help enhance the design and manufacture of ePowertrains.
As OEM and Tier suppliers create new automotive cabin experiences, 3M creates the solutions that make advanced driver monitoring systems and heads-up displays come to life. We lead the industry in optically clear adhesives and light control films.
3M sensor camouflage films are just the start. We work to create automotive design solutions that enhance the form, maximize the function and advance the entire trend in vehicle connectivity, with both passengers and the roadways themselves.
3M helps streamline performance in ICE applications starting deep inside the engine with precision grinding abrasives and abrasive microfilms. Our mat mounts, fluorothermoplastics and fluoroelastomers are excellent for engineered parts and emissions solutions for gas and diesel catalytic converters and evaporative (EVAP) systems.
Emission control system regulations, such as upcoming Level 7 requirements, are changing rapidly around the world. 3M has been supporting emissions control solutions for more than 45 years with technical expertise, global labs, and local manufacturing. Our team of emission control solution experts can help design a solution that meets your local requirements now and in the future.
Lightweight automotive design & manufacturing is a key focus for automotive OEMs and Tiers, who are looking for technologies to enable lighter and more efficient designs. After all, lightweight components are regarded as one of the best ways to reduce emissions and to comply with stringent CO₂ requirements.
This is the expanding world of automotive electrification: as vehicle energy ecosystems evolve from ICE propulsion to hybrid and xEV, so do critical design considerations like lightweighting, thermal management and mechanical energy control. We invite you to learn along with us.
Connect with us as we explore the world of autonomous vehicles. As advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) expand into fully automated vehicles, 3M continually studies areas such as machine-readable lane markings, advanced sign technology and dedicated short range communications (DSRC).
What do we do when the passenger comfort itself becomes a fast-moving target? Here is what our automotive professionals are talking about related to the challenges you face every day: display readability, design-expedient sensor placement, interior temperature management and more.