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Lightweight Material for Today’s Automotive Manufacturing
Lighten Up your Automotive Manufacturing and Designs
On the road to meeting 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, vehicle lightweighting is more important than ever. Lightweight materials, such as aluminum and composites, play an essential role in reaching 54.5 miles per gallon, but also pose a challenge related to bonding and corrosion.
Adhesives, sealants and surface technologies are often the only answers. Lighten Up is here to tell you why.
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Imagine you’re in the driver’s seat of a high-powered race car. In order to pass your competitor you need to accelerate. A similar scenario is taking place in the automotive industry; however, the competitor is fuel economy. In order to increase fuel efficiency, many automotive manufacturers are replacing traditional steel components with lightweight materials - carbon-fiber or glass-fiber composites, which are lighter and offer the same strength performance to traditional cold-rolled steel. So what’s the challenge? Speed! In order to scale up to meet the manufacturing demands of high-volume vehicles, the industry needs composite materials that can keep pace with production demand... Read more...