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UK Organisation

3M Automotive UK supplies the major vehicle manufacturing plants in Britain and several key tier suppliers. Our technical, quality, logistics and customer service teams help to ensure efficient product selection and delivery. The wide range of products and technologies allow us to provide solutions across every automotive manufacturing process.

3M UK is passionate about developing products to help our vehicle manufacturers achieve competitive advantages in line with efficient manufacturing processing. Our experienced team are committed to providing products and solutions to help customers achieve their business goals including:

  • Enabling world class designs
  • Improving process efficiency
  • Reducing costs
  • Reducing weight
  • Gaining a competitive advantage
  • Vehicle differentiation and personalisation
  • Improving occupant comfort and safety.

3M Automotive is certified to ISO TS 16949 and our manufacturing plants are ISO 14001 accredited so that we can deliver on our customers’ expectations.

We have laboratories in the UK and across the world and regularly conduct testing and new product development for OEM customers including:

  • Tear down tests and optimisation
  • Environmental, accelerated weathering
  • Adhesive strength testing and material fatigue testing.

In order to meet the high demands of our customers we regularly develop products to create bespoke solutions. These include die-cutting and tabbing for improving assembly processes, creating application jigs or reformulating adhesives to meet new materials or paint systems.

3M Automotive is certified to ISO TS 16949 and our manufacturing plants are ISO 14001 accredited so that we can deliver on our customers’ expectations.

The 3M UK Automotive Team are experienced and competent problem solvers that can help with your application. Given 3M’s extensive technical resource, global coverage, 70,000 products and wealth of time interacting at customers we are often able to look at things from a different perspective resulting in new ways of thinking. Automotive is one of 3M’s 40 divisions and we have specifically trained personnel in automotive product development, technical, lab testing, engineering, sales, marketing, quality, supply chain and customer services.

Contact Automotive UK Online Form

Some useful contacts are below:

Mark Stinson
General Sales and Marketing Manager
Tony Swinnerton
National Sales Manager

Jeff Kapp
Senior Sales Engineer - Body in White
Matt Hillcock
Senior Sales Engineer - Paint Protection
and Paint Replacement (Blackout) films

Rob Every
Senior Sales Engineer - Exterior Attachment
Marco Luna
Senior Sales Engineer - Acoustic Insulation

Chris Hayes
Senior Sales Engineer - Manufacturing Consumables
Steve Hollowell
Senior Sales Engineer - Manufacturing Consumables

 3M Engineered Films

3M engineered film technologies provide vehicle manufacturers with quick, effective solutions to design issues identified at the start of production.

 3M Structural Adhesive

3M develops two-part structural bonding that makes production more flexible and vehicles more refined. Material scientists at diversified technology company 3M have achieved a breakthrough in structural adhesives for vehicle body-in-white applications.

 3M Thinsulate

SAE Automotive Engineering International

 3M Blackout Films

High gloss blackout film has helped an Asian vehicle manufacturer lift the perceived quality of its vehicles and make them more competitive in European markets. The cost of change was minimal.

 3M Paint Protection Film

For a UK vehicle manufacturer, protecting low level aerodynamic aids from stone chips had proved costly, both in warranty claims and in rework during assembly. By working with 3M to find and implement a superior solution, first-time quality was significantly improved and warranty issues were reduced.

 3M Structural Adhesive

A simple, low-cost solution to increasing long-term structural rigidity has helped a European vehicle manufacturer reduce squeak and rattle and improve five year warranty performance.

 3M Acrylic Foam Tape

3M has worked closely with a number of vehicle manufacturers to develop a method of attaching weatherstrip seals to the vehicle using 3MTM Acrylic Foam Tape. Benefits include weight reduction, improved sealing and reduced corrosion risk.

 3M Thinsulate

Working with a premium vehicle manufacturer to manage powertrain noise, 3M used its Thinsulate material to match existing attenuation levels while reducing component costs, logistics costs and weight. The move to Thinsulate also ensured easy recycling at end of vehicle life and the weight saving contributed to emissions reductions, both from the vehicle exhaust and throughout the supply chain.

 3M Thinsulate

Asked to help simplify a luggage compartment acoustic pack, 3M used Thinsulate to exceed the cost reduction target while simultaneously minimising waste, simplifying manufacture and improving vehicle refinement.