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3M and vehicle manufacturers around the world are working together to push the boundaries of productivity, reliability and performance. From additives that reduce vehicle weight … to ingredient technologies that stand up to harsh fuels and high temperatures … innovative materials from 3M are helping OEMs and their suppliers expand design possibilities, meet emission reduction targets and enhance consumer appeal.

Reducing Vehicle Weight and Manufacturing Ingredient Technologies and Advanced Materials for the Transportation Industry

Reduce vehicle weight with 3M™ Glass Bubbles

Reduce vehicle weight with 3M™ Glass Bubbles

In the drive to achieve stringent fuel economy and emissions reduction targets, automotive and aerospace manufacturers worldwide are shedding pounds – using lightweight plastics filled with 3M™ Glass Bubbles. These density-reducing engineered additives can deliver weight reductions of 15% or more in many filled polymer systems, and up to 30% in some sheet or bulk molding (SMC/BMC) compounds … all while maintaining a desirable balance of physical properties, including the ability to deliver Class A paintable surfaces.

Now, these high-strength additives give even more ways to improve processing and boost productivity and profits. 3M glass bubbles improve manufacturing productivity with faster cycle times … reduce shrinkage, warpage and scrap rates, and even achieve weight reduction targets without altering part design.

See how 3M glass bubbles for rubber and plastic are helping 3M customers "do more"

See and hear from 3M customers at NPE 2012See and hear from 3M customers at NPE 2012

See and hear from 3M customers at NPE 2012

Do more to reduce part weight. Do more to improve productivity. Do more to meet unique customer needs and solve your customer problems. Do more to reduce reject parts. Do more to contibute to sustainability.

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