Bonding and joining in the automotive interior

Bonding & Joining in Automotive Interiors


New bonds for better interiors

Vehicle interiors are evolving to accommodate the transition to autonomous driving and increased shared mobility, requiring -- more durable, replaceable materials, storage compartments, instrument panels, and interactive infotainment centers. Bonding dissimilar materials and the desire for optimizing package space are among the challenges. Tried and true bonding methods such as bolts, rivets and spot welding may not be optimal in these modern interior design challenges.

3M can help, with our extensive experience in the automotive bonding and joining. The result is an ever-growing range of bonding solutions that can also streamline assembly and production. Learn more below.

Bonding materials. Meeting challenges.

3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tapes

  • Two rolls of adhesive transfer tape

    Featuring pressure-sensitive adhesives that can be combined with a wide variety of interior materials including hard to bond plastics, foam and fabrics, these transfer tapes can add reliability and efficiency almost anywhere in the automotive interior. 

    3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 9472LE

3M Double-Sided Tapes

  • yellow roll of tape

    Double-sided, acrylic adhesives provide excellent bond to wide variety of substrates including plastics, foam, fabrics and metals. Tape adhesives bond without curing and deliver excellent temperature and environmental resistance.

    3M™ Scrim Reinforced Transfer Tape 97053

3M™ Dual Lock™ Reclosable Fasteners

  • vehicle headliner utilizing reclosable fasteners from 3M

    Replace screws, nails, snaps and rivets with these positive-locking blind fasteners, featuring mushroom-shaped polyolefin stems that snap together in a range of closure strengths. 3M™ Dual Lock™ Reclosable Fasteners are excellent for service doors, consoles, headliners, wire harnesses, carpets, floor panels, sunroofs and for areas where buzz/squeak/rattle (BSR) is a concern.

    3M™ Dual Lock™ Reclosable Fastener

3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives

  • hot melt adhesives

    Available in low- and high-temperature versions, these heat-resistant adhesives liquefy to bond to a variety of substrates, including polyethylene, polypropylene and other plastics. They cool, harden and reach bond strength in seconds, eliminating clamps, fixturing and drying.

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3748

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3764

3M™ Wire Harness Tapes

  • Preinstall of 3M wire harness tapes in headliner

    Double-sided acrylic sealing tapes feature excellent initial adhesion, heat resistance and durability compared to conventional butyl sealing tapes. They bond to rough or highly irregular surfaces - excellent for headliners, roof lining and impact pads, sunroof trim rings, head impact countermeasures, instrument panels and more.

    3M™ Wire Harness Tape

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Meeting the challenges in automotive interiors

  • 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 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 design flexibilty

    Design Flexibility Design a premium passenger experience, while keeping cost constraints in mind. Bond without mechanical fasteners. Meet the specific demands of the production line. That’s the freedom to exceed conventional limits in interiors.

  • 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.