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Promoting True Success in OEM Design and Manufacturing

  • At 3M, we strive to ensure that your designs really work, all the way down the line. 3M builds solutions that deliver efficiency at every turn. Along with products that stick, abrade, seal, insulate, look great and improve functionality, you get solutions related specifically to OEM applications and processes that can save time and reduce expenses. The journey to true success should be as effortless as possible, and 3M is with you every step of the way.


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Automotive Processes Simplified

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    Production Efficiency

    3M automotive solutions literally have added efficiency built in. Our solutions include: double-sided, differential adhesive tapes; abrasives sized for specific processes and equipment; structural adhesives in liquids and tapes; sealants that apply as tapes and seal in conventional paint ovens; and paint replacement films that can eliminate the time and expense of paint processes and die-cut, premasked parts.

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    Styling and Personalization

    As vehicles, and their passengers, become more specialized, the need for more options can clash with the need for increased efficiency. Backed by a worldwide network of facilities for collaboration and testing, 3M works to help our partners create new experiences through the development of technologies in interior and exterior trim films, paint replacement films, acrylic foam tapes and more.

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    Surface Quality

    World-class 3M abrasive technologies and constructions enable solutions for fast and precise surface preparation, effective braze blending and cleaning, efficient surface preparation for priming, paint defect removal and more. Our entire range of abrasive discs and microfinishing films can be incorporated seamlessly into handheld and robotic OEM systems.

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    Sustainability

    Our vision for sustainability – improving every life – applies to automotive OEM and Tier suppliers through our continued developments in sustainable products, technologies and solutions. Our paint protection and paint replacement films, which may help reduce VOCs related to painting, and our non-lead 3M™ Wheel Weight material are just a couple of examples.

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    Tape Application

    3M helps streamline production through pressure-sensitive and heat-activated tapes, as well as tapes for primerless bonding without priming stations or adhesive promoters. Our robot-based 3M™ Automated Taping System (ATS) can automate manual tape application processes involving 3M™ Attachment Tapes, such as applying adhesion promoters, creating extended liner tabs and positioning cut-to-length tapes and die-cuts.

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    Wheel and Tire Balancing

    We supply our 3M™ Wheel Weight material in roll form so it can be easily cut to weight – replacing costly inventories. The 3M™ Wheel Weight System combines the conformable material with industry-leading 3M™ Automotive Attachment Tape technology for all-in-one, securely attached, balanced wheels. Ask us about semi- and fully-automated systems for your specified requirements.


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Featured Videos

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    3M™ Melt Sealing Tapes

    Discover how and where our easy-to-apply 3M™ Melt Sealing Tapes can deliver excellent efficiency and added performance versus conventional polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sealers.

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    3M™ Automated Taping System

    Learn more about a flexible, simple solution for applying 3M™ Attachment Tapes, developed in collaboration with leading automation equipment suppliers.


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    The Science Inside

    Here is your link to some of the most exciting science-based solutions at the heart of automotive design and manufacturing. Sign up for regular 3M emails and discover how together we can expand your capabilities from the inside out, in materials, design, application development and more..


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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.

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