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Your Partner for Every Area of Automotive Design

  • As an automotive professional, you’re on a journey that 3M knows well. You start with a market trend – electrification, or increased fuel efficiency regulations, or the demand for more comfortable passenger experiences. Exploring these trends is a passion. Applying them to the vehicle itself is a journey. And the deeper you go, the more fascinating it becomes. Each interconnected part of the vehicle presents its own unique challenges. The solutions themselves require creativity combined with science. Above all, they require collaboration – a trusted partner to help you every step of the way. Where should we meet?


  • Chassis and Wheels

    Help improve ride quality with 3M wheel weights, adhesives, friction shims and damping materials.

    Body-in-White

    Enabling lightweighting, dissimilar material bonding and structural integrity with precision and efficiency.

    Exteriors and Glass

    Solutions to help you design lightweight, stylish vehicles that convey your most innovative ideas from the first glance.

    Interiors

    Creating a more comfortable ride for passengers and drivers – solutions in thermal management, NVH, styling and VOC.

    Human Machine Interface (HMI)

    Technologies for reduced glare, better viewability and improved information delivery from vehicles to passengers.

    Propulsion

    From emission control to power density and heat management, 3M has solutions for EV, HEV and ICE powertrains.

    Manufacturing & Assembly

    3M solutions help validate your great designs, maximizing and even eliminating process steps down the line.

    Sensors and Cameras

    Tiers can supply tape-attached brackets for cameras, humidity control sensors and mirror button/rain sensors.

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    • Body In White challange

      Body-in-White

      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.

      Structural adhesive technologies
      Parts cleaning

    • Chassis Wheels challange

      Chassis and Wheels

      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.

      Adhesive weights
      Structural adhesive technologies
      Parts cleaning
      Emission Solutions

    • Exterior Glass Challange

      Exteriors and Glass

      Sealing. Bonding of sensors and dissimilar materials. Management of sound, heat and light. Whatever is most important to your automotive designs, 3M provides solutions in adhesives, tapes, films, engineered damping materials and more.

      Double sided adhesive tapes
      Engineered films
      Releasable attachments
      Parts cleaning
      NVH & Thermal

    • Human Machine Interface Challange

      Human Machine Interface (HMI)

      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.

    • Interiors challange

      Interiors

      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.

      Engineered films
      NVH & Thermal
      Releasable attachments

    • Manufacturing and Assembly Challange

      Manufacturing and Assembly

      3M automotive OEM and Tier solutions help validate and reinforce great designs. Each of our tapes, adhesives, abrasives and paint application tools is designed to make manufacturing and assembly more efficient, maximizing and even eliminating process steps.

      Double sided adhesive tapes
      Parts cleaning
      NVH & Thermal
      Structural adhesive technologies
      Engineered films
      Emission Solutions
      Releasable attachments
      Adhesive weights

    • Propulsion Challange

      Propulsion

      As the industry transitions from ICE to include EV and HEV, 3M is with you every step of the way with a range of solutions in emissions control, power density and heat management, as well as performance reliability and efficient system assembly.

    • Sensors Challange

      Sensors and Cameras

      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.


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