News & Announcements
Recent Press Releases for 3M Automotive
Features of the Month
Announcing the Global Launch of 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500 for Primerless Attachment
3M is continuing its nearly 50 year proud heritage of innovating attachment solutions to meet customer needs and evolving material trends with the addition of an attachment tape that will bond to Medium Surface Energy (MSE) plastics and difficult to bond paints without a primer or pre-treatment!
Simpler, Smarter, Stronger
The latest addition to the Automotive Attachment Tape family - 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500 - is a high performance tape that has the potential to simplify the attachment process while reducing overall costs and eliminating concerns that come with using primer.
Why use EX4500 tape?
- A simpler process that reduces complexity of the steps involved with tape attachment
- A smarter, more versatile solution designed to address the automotive industry's needs
- A stronger primerless tape than ever before from 3M for a variety of paints and plastics
The new tape offers many features for customers working with MSE plastics and difficult to bond paints today:
- Proprietary primerless adhesive that provides excellent adhesion to a broad range of clear coats and MSE plastics
- Robust adhesion on both sides of the tape for process simplification
- Deep black color for a better looking part to vehicle interface
- 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape technology to meet OEM requirements and specifications
- Global technical expertise and support to ensure a sound application process
This new product represents the continued development of 3M Automotive's attachment solutions portfolio and the dedication to meeting the challenges of today's automotive industry. To learn more about the new generation of automotive attachment, visit
New Interior Films from 3M Add Richness, Distinctive Finishes
3M™ Interior Trim Film (ITF) can provide distinctive, premium finishes and contribute to making sophisticated automotive interior designs. In addition, the wide range of appearances of 3M ITF can alter the setting and mood of the interior's look and feel on interior components such as door handles and panels, center consoles, instrument panels and more.
Wide design variation from traditional wood, to metallic finishes or custom graphic patterns is possible with 3M ITF. The film's versatility allows for a distinctive look and feel for each trim package and local market, enabling automotive designers to differentiate their vehicles and offer more options to buyers.
3M ITF is applied with a dual vacuum thermoforming (DVT) process, which enhances the overall look and feel of the film on the part. The film retains its design appearance and texture during the whole process. The DVT process elongates the film and permits it to conform to recesses and backside wrapping, without distorting the image.
See the variety of looks and patterns by going to the 3M Interior Trim Film product catalog pages.
3M and Esys Named PACE Award Winners
3M and Esys Automation were named 2012 Automotive News' PACE Award winners for their joint submission of the automated precision wheel balance system AutoW8T™, which installs 3M™ Wheel Weights. The Automotive News' PACE Awards, which honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers, were presented on April 23 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The awards, now in their eighteenth year, are recognized around the world as the industry benchmark for innovation.
AutoW8t is Esys Automation's patent-pending technology for dispensing, cutting and robotic application of 3M's new adhesive, lead-free wheel weight product. Together, the two companies helped initiate a leap forward in tire and wheel assembly technology, dramatically improving the speed, quality and cost of the OEM high-speed tire balancing processes. This innovation has made wheel balancing easier and faster than ever, while reducing inventory and freeing up valuable manufacturing floor space.
Read the full 3M and Esys Named PACE Award Winners press release here. (PDF, 72 Kb)
Introducing 3M™ Wheel Weights for larger wheels
3M™ Wheel Weight TN4029 is made of a flexible and conformable material that is attached to the wheel using industry-leading 3M™ Automotive Attachment Tape technology. The results are an all-in-one, cut-to-fit precision wheel weight for balancing larger wheels that has less impact on the environment than lead wheel weights.
3M Wheel Weight TN4029 is available in levelwound rolls for easier processing with automated equipment in assembly plants or wheel processing centers. The material is cut to the exact weight required for each wheel, reducing the residual imbalance in the wheel assembly, the number of balance rejects and your inventory. Call your 3M representative for more information, or click on "Contact 3M Automotive" above right.
Growth Market Car Unveiled at CES
Visteon Corporation and 3M introduced a new technology demonstration vehicle targeted at consumers in global growth markets such as Asia, Eastern Europe and South America.
Technologies demonstrated on this vehicle include an array of 3M automotive solutions, including new light management technologies and unique trim films for interior applications. In addition, Visteon innovations were featured in electronics, lighting, interiors and climate.
Check out the microsite, which contains an exciting video about the vehicle, images, tech data sheets and other information about the car.
3M™ Wheel Weights are made of a flexible and conformable material that is attached to the wheel using industry-leading 3M™ Automotive Attachment Tape. The results are an all-in-one, cut-to-fit precision wheel balancing system that is lead free for less environmental impact. 3M Wheel Weights are available in three profiles to fit your wheel balancing needs:
- 3M™ Wheel Weight TN4029 for larger wheels
- 3M™ Wheel Weight TN4015 for high profile applications
- 3M™ Wheel Weight TN4023 for low profile applications
3M™ Pressure Sensitive Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4000 represents the latest advancement in exterior attachment tapes. Utilizing advanced technology, these tapes are designed to adhere to a wide variety of paint systems, including low surface energy materials and improved scratch- and mar-resistant paints.
3M™ Thinsulate™ Acoustic Insulation possesses exceptional sound absorption qualities to help reduce noise in vehicles from passenger cars to commercial trucks. Thinsulate Acoustic Insulations are compressible, conformable, lightweight, hydrophobic and cost effective. They are ideally suited for vehicle door panels, headliners, wheel wells, instrument panels and other applications where there is a desire to improve the sound quality.