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The automotive industry is tasked with overcoming several obstacles when developing vehicles today, from reducing weight to improving style … but no challenge seems to loom as large as cost reduction.

Automotive Manufacturing Process Improvements from 3M

Streamlining Processes and System Costs

Streamlining Processes and System Costs

Auto makers and suppliers know that in order to keep the industry lean, competitive and profitable, vehicle manufacturing needs to be cost effective without sacrificing quality, performance or overall customer satisfaction.

At 3M, we assist our automotive customers by:

  • Helping to eliminate unnecessary process steps, inventory, components and warranty work
  • Offering key solutions that help reduce expenses, increase productivity and provide overall systems savings

Wheel Weights for Assembly Plant Cost Reduction

Wheel Weights for Assembly Plant Cost Reduction

3M™ Wheel Weights are available in five different profiles composed of lead-free composite. They can:
  • Facilitate inventory cost reduction by slashing the number of SKUs required to keep on hand.
  • Integrate automation into the wheel balancing process through the use of levelwound rolls used with cut-on-demand or fully automated equipment.

Reduce Paint Chips and Customer Dissatisfaction

Reduce Paint Chips and Customer Dissatisfaction

3M™ Paint Protection Film, made of highly durable polyurethane film, can help to:
  • Reduce warranty costs when vulnerable areas of a vehicle are protected, especially if dissatisfied customers are reporting paint chips on newly redesigned vehicle parts.
  • Resist yellowing and chipping, so new vehicle appearance is retained over time.

Decrease Costs and VOCs in the Paint Shop

Decrease Costs and VOCs in the Paint Shop

3M™ Paint Replacement Film reduces the need to paint intricate vehicle parts, such as pillars and door sashes, and can:
  • Cut component, tooling and fitting costs of molded trim alternatives.
  • Reduce paint VOCs in the paint shop.

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