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Design Flexibility in Automotive Interiors

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The interior space is about much more than just making a great first impression. For OEMs, well-designed interiors are central to differentiation. For drivers and passengers, they are opportunities for new and more personalized experiences. That means optimizing every possible space in the interior for customer convenience and comfort. It means selecting materials that hold up, deliver plenty of options, perform in smaller, thinner spaces, enable lighter weight and above all look fantastic.

You’ll find a wide assortment of adhesives, tapes, fasteners and additives that can really open up the interior space to new possibilities.

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3M Adhesive Transfer Tapes
  • 3M™ Adhesive transfer Tape 6035 on steering wheel application

    Our transfer tapes are designed for thin, permanent and reliable bonds without mechanical fasteners. Apply adhesives designed for performance on specific substrates, exactly where you need them. Tapes can be converted into precise shapes for the most effective, invisible bonds.

    Our transfer tapes are designed for thin, reliable bonding without mechanical fasteners. Apply adhesives designed for performance on specific substrates, exactly where you need them. Tapes can be converted into precise shapes for the most effective, invisible bonds.

    3M™ 
    Adhesive Family​
    Products and
    Applications​
      100MP​ Products:

    3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape F9460PC

    3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape F9649PC​

    Applications:
    • Attach flexible printed circuit​
    • Brake shims​​
    • LED rear lamps​​
      200MP​ Products:

    3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 467MP

    3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 468MP​

    Applications:
    • Attach graphics​​
    • Bond subsurface printed polycarbonate​​​
    • Attach flexible printed circuit​​​
    • Bond engine control module FR4 to aluminum​
      300MP​ Products:

    3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 977xWL

    3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 6035PC​

    Applications:
    • Attach textile materials to A/B/C pillars​
    • Bond crushed EPDM foam to reduce buzz, squeak and rattle noise​​​​
    • Bond leather cover stock to foam on center console​​​​
    • Bond air conditioning ventilation bag to seat foam​
      300LSE​ Products:

    3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 9472LE​

    Applications:
    • Attach mirror to LSE plastic sun visor​​
    • Attach plastic reading light bezel to ABS housing​
    • Attach foam door bolster to vinyl cover stock for comfort​
    • Attach trim to gear shifter​
      Low VOC​ Products:

    3M™ Low VOC Scrim
    Reinforced Adhesive Transfer
    Tape 98010LVC

    Applications:
    • Attach materials when low VOC is required​​
    • Attach 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation inside door panel for noise reduction​​​​​
    • Attach foam in HVAC system to prevent air leaks​
3M Double-Sided Tapes
  • 3M™ Scrim reinforced transfer tape 97053 applied on car interior

    Acrylic adhesives bond to a wide range of automotive interior substrates, from plastics and foams to a variety of metals. Pressure-sensitive adhesives bond instantly without curing, and with a different adhesive on each side these tapes are excellent for bonding dissimilar materials. A variety of release liners add strength and stability for laminating and die cutting.

    • 3M Adhesive Family​ Products​ Typical Applications​
              300MP​​​

      3M™ Double Coated Tape 99786​

      3M™ Double Coated Tape 9832HL​​

      • Attach textile materials to A/B/C pillars​​
      • Bond crushed EPDM foam to reduce buzz, squeak and rattle noise​​
      • Bond leather cover stock to foam on center console​​
      • Bond air conditioning ventilation bag to seat foam​​
      • Attach fabric sunroof material to plastic roller​​
      • Attach polyurethane, polyethylene or crushed EPDM gasket to seal air and water​
              300LSE​​​​

      3M™ Double Coated Tape  93015LE​​

      • Attach mirror to LSE plastic sun visor​
      • Attach plastic reading light bezel to ABS housing
      • Attach foam door bolster to vinyl cover stock for comfort​
      • Attach trim to gear shifter​
      • Attach decorative trim to steering wheel control panel​
      • Bond TPV or rubber gasket to seal out chemicals and dampen vibration​
              Low VOC​​​​

      3M™ Low VOC Double Coated
      ​Tissue Tape 99015LVC​

      • Attach materials when low VOC is required​​
      • Attach 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation inside door panel for noise reduction​​​​​
      • Attach foam in HVAC system to prevent air leaks​
    3M™ 
    Adhesive Family​
    Products and Applications​
      300MP​ Products:

    3M™ Double Coated Tape 99786​

    3M™ Double Coated Tape 9832HL​​

    Applications:
    • Attach textile materials to A/B/C pillars​​
    • Bond crushed EPDM foam to reduce buzz, squeak and rattle noise​​
    • Bond leather cover stock to foam on center console​​
    • Bond air conditioning ventilation bag to seat foam​​
    • Attach fabric sunroof material to plastic roller​​
    • Attach polyurethane, polyethylene or crushed EPDM gasket to seal air and water​
      300LSE​ Products:

    3M™ Double Coated Tape  93015LE​​

    Applications:
    • Attach mirror to LSE plastic sun visor​
    • Attach plastic reading light bezel to ABS housing
    • Attach foam door bolster to vinyl cover stock for comfort​
    • Attach trim to gear shifter​
    • Attach decorative trim to steering wheel control panel​
    • Bond TPV or rubber gasket to seal out chemicals and dampen vibration​
      Low
      VOC
    Products:

    3M™ Low VOC Double Coated
    ​Tissue Tape 99015LVC​

    Applications:
    • Attach materials when low VOC is required​​
    • Attach 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation inside door panel for noise reduction​​​​​
    • Attach foam in HVAC system to prevent air leaks​
3M Reclosable Fasteners
  • 3M™ Dual Lock Reclosable Fastener on sunroof application

    Positive-locking blind fasteners do more than just replace screws, nails, snaps and rivets. They feature mushroom-shaped polyolefin stems that snap together for a high tensile closure, and can be mixed and matched for a variety of closure strengths. These fasteners are excellent for replaceable trim and screen applications.

3M Durable Labels
  • Durable Label Solutions​
    Durable Label Solutions​

    Create a lasting impression with labels that last. Every part of designing a car is ​important, down to the instruction and warning labels. 3M™ Automotive-Ready ​ Durable Labels keep the parts you’ve engineered looking sharp for the long haul. ​They stay put no matter how tough the conditions, including extreme cold and heat, ​grease, chemicals, moisture and more — so drivers stay in the know.​

    3M™ Polyester Label Material 76751C ​
    Operating instructions in the fuel filler flap on differently shaped surfaces.​

    3M™ Polyolefin Label Material FP0354EG, FP0366EC ​
    Product labeling on flexible materials.

3M Hot Melt Adhesives
  • 3M™ Hot melt adhesive 3748/3764 on centre console application

    Available in low- and high-temperature versions, our hot melts liquify to bond to a variety of substrates – even hard-to-bond surfaces like polyethylene, polypropylene and other plastics. These adhesives are fast, durable and versatile, excellent for small joint, mounting and trim attachment as well as large surface lamination for automotive interiors.

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3748

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3764

3M Wire Harness Tapes
  • Preinstall of 3M wire harness tapes in headliner

    Designed specifically to bond to rough or highly irregular surfaces, our double-sided acrylic sealing tapes can create greater possibilities for placement of roof lining and impact pads, sunroof trim rings and head impact countermeasures. They are excellent for bonding wire harnesses in headliners and instrument panels.

    3M™ Wire Harness Tape

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Meeting the challenges in automotive interiors

  • Learn more about bonding & joining

    Bonding and Joining Effectively bond challenging or dissimilar materials in more places inside the vehicle. 3M provides single-coated, double-coated, thin bond and wire harness tapes, hot melts, reclosable fasteners and more.

  • Learn more about thermal management

    Thermal Management To enable passenger comfort and utilize power efficiently, thermal management is a key element in interior design. 3M thermal insulation, engineered films and other solutions are up to the challenge.

  • Learn more about lightweighting

    Lightweighting Creativity without the weight – 3M solutions can enable the bonding of lighter materials in automotive interiors, replace metal fasteners and even allow for the production of plastic parts without heavy fillers.

  • Learn more about NVH

    Noise, Vibration and Harshness 3M is solving challenges of managing sound in evolving vehicle platforms – and and expanding our acoustic solutions to meet these new demands. Our Engineered Damping Material (EDM) is just one example.

  • Learn more about EMI

    Electromagnetic Interference 3M applies decades of electronics experience in the increasingly electronic environment of the vehicle interior. Our shielding, blocking and EMI absorption solutions deliver low and stable contact resistance and maintain consistent performance even in tough environments.

  • learn more about light management

    Light Management Our films for effectively controlling light – natural light or light generated from LEDs, LCDs and backlights – make for comfort and a unique experience in the vehicle cabin.