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Let Us Help You Move the World

The changing trends we see in mobility worldwide are presenting new challenges every day for vehicle design and manufacturing. Expanded capabilities in sound management, heat management, and weight and structural integrity are essential. As powertrains become electrified, drivers become passengers and vehicles increasingly connect with the world. How can you keep up with these trends? 3M has solutions to share.

  • Acoustics & Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)

    3M maintains research and testing facilities worldwide, many dedicated to exploring the question: what will the vehicles of the future sound like? The results are already available in a full range of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Acoustic Insulation products, as well as a fast-evolving line of advanced damping materials for automotive OEM and Tier suppliers.

  • Bonding and Joining

    3M knows tapes and adhesives – they have collectively been our core technologies for more than a century. For you, this means that we are an ideal partner for solutions to bond an increasingly diverse range of materials, including composites and metal alloys to enable lighter weight and greater process efficiency.

  • Lightweighting

    3M continues to lead ongoing lightweighting initiatives with some of the industry’s most advanced materials. Our engineered hollow microspheres (3M™ Glass Bubbles) decrease density for a broad range of automotive components, and our 3M™ Friction Shims allow for maximized power density in more compact assemblies.

  • Thermal Management

    Like you, 3M is working on solutions to improve the growing demands of the vehicle’s thermal ecosystems. Our materials enhance thermal performance through enhanced shielding, insulating and dissipation properties. They include ultra-thin insulating materials, engineered fluids, high-performance resins, boron nitride cooling fillers, light-weight, high-strength fillers, thermal tapes and more.


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.

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