lightbulb and gear icon on a purple to blue gradient background

Areas of application in OEM and Tier


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 force – 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?

  • 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.

  • Electronic control unit design solutions including thermal management, electromagnetic interference, and electrical isolation, among others.

  • 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.

  • Extending range, tackling thermal runaway challenges and improving system efficiency are some of the key drivers in today's electric vehicle marketplace. 3M delivers solutions to help meet those goals, including advanced materials that help manage electrical insulation and thermal conductivity, thermal runaway propagation solutions that fit a variety of cell designs, and adhesives and tapes that help simplify assembly.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Even though EVs are gaining in popularity, internal combustions engines (ICEs) are still widely used. That means conventional needs like reducing emissions and boosting performance in smaller engines are still crucial for OEMs. 3M offers ICE solutions that enable increased torque to help maintain or increase power density in smaller engines, and emission control solutions that help you meet changing global requirements.

  • 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.


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.