Discover 3M bonding and attachment solutions that strengthen and streamline automotive OEM, from design to processing to production and assembly. More than 40 years ago, our viscoelastic 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes became a new standard for attaching automotive parts and trim. Today, across a full spectrum of expertise in OEM applications, process and support, we continue developing solutions to solve your toughest challenges. They include your toughest bonding challenges: polypropylene, polyurethane, thermoplastic olefin (TPO), low-surface-energy clear coat systems, EPDM rubber and many more. Our 3M™ Dual Lock™ Reclosable Fasteners are strong and secure yet removable and re-attachable. We also help improve efficiency with a range of related products and equipment that helps make OEM and Tier processing simpler, easier and faster. Our 3M experts are happy to show you more.
To help you validate your most important designs, there’s nothing like a good reliable bond. The best ones can do even more: they can open up possibilities for designs you haven’t even considered before. To quickly locate potential applications for you, start below. Simply choose the areas where you’re working, and we’ll provide a range of industry-leading solutions.
As materials and paint chemistries change, the ability to bond becomes even more critical to enable design flexibility. Behind our long-trusted 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes, 3M is the supplier you can count on when bonding really counts.
In a smarter, simpler world where assembly must be faster and volatile organic compound (VOC) usage is increasingly regulated, 3M primerless bonding tapes can be applied quickly without the use of primers or adhesion promoters.
Mechanical fasteners usually involve drilling holes that can cause corrosion. They can also loosen over time, causing vibration and BSR. When your seals need to be more sensible, 3M comes through with a range of attachment tapes formulated for bonding to EPDM/TPE, neoprene and PVC.
Discover the power of our highly-conformable, low-profile tapes for permanent attachment of emblems and nameplates. Die-cuttable for precise sizing and linered for peel-and-stick application to a wide range of surfaces, these solutions deliver excellent bondline aesthetics without punching holes.
Our 3M™ Dual Lock™ Reclosable Fasteners, together with our 3M™ Wire Harness Tapes, are great for headliners, sunroofs and much more. In fact, our fastening solutions address bonding and NVH challenges in many areas inside the vehicle.
Featuring 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape PX5000 Series, 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape PL Series and 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape EX4500 Series, this selection of 3M primerless attachment tapes features adhesives designed for bonding to low-surface-energy and medium-surface-energy substrates and paints – without the labour and equipment expenses related to applying adhesion promoters. To find out more about which primerless attachment tapes are right for your applications, contact a 3M expert.
Featuring a balance of conformability and strength, these have long been the go-to tapes for attaching automotive exterior trim parts during OEM processes. A viscoelastic foam core is engineered for stress relaxation under high stress loads. Adhesives on each side are formulated for bonding to a wide range of automotive paint systems and coatings, including low surface energy (LSE) clear coats.
3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape 5344, Gray, 1.14 mm
3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape EX4311
On one side, a durable, heat-activated adhesive is specifically formulated for bonding to EPDM/TPE, TPV and Santoprene® materials. On the other is a choice of adhesives for bonding to a variety of substrates. At the heart of our 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes and 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tapes is our viscoelastic acrylic technology for maximum stress handling and sealing.
3M™ Dual Lock™ Reclosable Fasteners feature interlocking mushroom-shaped heads in a wide range of stem densities for strong, reliable closure that can be detached if needed. They install without special tools, great for replaceable parts, headliners, trunk liners, fuse panels and sun roof rings. Dual Lock is available in rolls, piece parts or die cuts. Different stem densities can be mated for customised engagement forces.
These tabbing and splicing tapes can really cut down on the time and effort in tape application. Use them to smoothly remove single liners and to splice or join multiple pieces together. Materials are either heat activated or pressure sensitive, and designed for use with 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes and 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tapes.
These tapes are excellent for rough, irregular surfaces. They incorporate viscoelastic acrylic foam core technology similar to that used in our 3M™ Acrylic Foam and Acrylic Plus Attachment Tape. These tapes are formulated for very high initial adhesion even to challenging surfaces. It’s a combination of reliability and conformability for wire harness attachment and much more.
The equipment you use to apply attachment tapes can really improve your process efficiency. Specialised manual and automated 3M application equipment solutions may include rollers with tunable clutches for consistent wet out and our 3M™ Flange Unwind Assembly which makes for smooth, even unwinding and liner removal on single or multiple tape rolls.
When bonding to challenging surfaces such as PVC compounds, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polyolefin-based substrates, our liquid adhesion promoters enhance tape performance. These promoters are applied using a variety of applicators, wipes, rollers and spray bottles. They are developed specifically for use with 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes and 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tapes.
3M is constantly working to meet the evolving challenges of automotive OEM and Tier suppliers worldwide. If you need help finding an existing solution or would like to talk about specific ideas you’re working on, get in touch with us.