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3M Attachment Tapes for Automotive OEM
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Rethink Automotive Attachment

Design without limits. When you need exterior trim and sealing attachment solutions that don’t impede your vision, 3M can help you achieve next-level design freedom. Our portfolio of acrylic foam tapes can provide a new attachment option that supports clean aesthetics and gives you confidence even with challenging surfaces and shapes. We’ll partner with you to solve design and production challenges with proven products and methods.

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    Flex your creativity.

    What if you had attachment methods that helped you realise your design vision without compromise? Every design requires a choice from a menu of options, and there are many applications where 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes make sense for your exterior trim needs.

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Flex your attachment options.

When it’s time to create or update a vehicle design, you have decisions to make. Every design requires a choice from a menu of attachment methods, and 3M can help you determine when acrylic foam tapes make sense for your exterior trim needs. We’ll partner with you from initial design to production line consultation, including rigorous testing and validation, to resolve your attachment challenges. Find out where tapes can support your design.

  • 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.

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    • 1. Roof Ditch Molding
      4. Windscreen Framing
      7. Cladding

    • 2. Antenna Attachment
      5. Chrome Trim
      8. Rocker Panel

    • 3. Pillar Trim
      6. Wheel Arch Trim
      9. Sensors Attachment

  • 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.

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    • 1. Chrome Trim
      4. Sensor Attachment
      7. Wheel Arch Trim

    • 2. Name Plate Attachment
      5. Body Side Molding

    • 3. Pillar Appliques
      6. Cladding

  • 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.

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    • 1. Rear Light Sealing
      4. Sun Roof Sealing
      7. Door Sealing

    • 2. Headlamp Sealing
      5. Hood Sealing

    • 3. Lift Gate Sealing
      6. Body Sealing

  • 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.

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    • 1. Name Plate Attachment
      2. Single Character Attachment
      3. Badge Attachment

  • 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.

    image of a car highlighted to show fastening solutions

    • 1. Headliner Attachment
      4. Console
      7. Wire Harness

    • 2. Floor Panel
      5. EV Battery Cover

    • 3. Sunroof Ring
      6. Locator Pins


Flex your design muscle.

Vehicle designs are evolving, and so are attachment methods. 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes for automotive attachment can give you the confidence to let your design soar. You can get tight, durable bonds in small spaces; on challenging curvatures; and on low-surface-energy substrates without disrupting aesthetics. Our tapes are a proven alternative to clips or ultrasonic welding that empowers you to design more freely. Learn how 3M Acrylic Foam Tapes can help you design with confidence.

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    Reinventing Attachment Methods
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    Flex your design creativity with 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes
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    Flex your design muscle with 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes
  • (Upbeat Music) Flex your design options with 3M Acrylic Foam Tapes. Sensors Attach thin sensor frames with confidence. No risk of read-through like ultrasonic welding can cause. Proven products. Material compatablitity. Strong support. DESIGN FREEDOM. Learn how tapes can support your design.

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    Flex your design options with 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes

Consider tapes for design flexibility

In a rapidly changing automotive landscape, tape attachment methods can offer increased design flexibility. For new vehicle designs and materials that pose unique challenges, 3M offers a proven alternative to clips and ultrasonic welding. We continually innovate our portfolio tapes for exterior trim attachments to meet the evolving needs of cutting-edge OEMs. From rigorous testing to production line design consultation, we’ll help you specify and implement 3M products that help you create lighter, stronger vehicles. Experience true design freedom when you rethink automotive attachments. Read more about ways to rethink automotive attachments.

  • In vehicle production, no one attachment method fits all needs. Find out how tapes can help you overcome challenges and increase your design freedom.

  • The automotive industry is changing faster than ever before. Learn how tapes provide design freedom, now and into the future.

  • With the rapid rise of electric vehicles, everything about car design is being reconsidered — including attachment methods.

  • Thinking about switching from clips to tapes? 3M can partner with you at every stage from selection to production.

3M Automotive Attachment Products

  • 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.

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    3M™ Tape Processing and Attachment Equipment

    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.


Need Help Finding the Right Solution?

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.