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Design Flexibility in Automotive Interiors


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The interior space is about much more than just making a great first impression. For OEMs, well-designed interiors are central to differentiation. For drivers and passengers, they are opportunities for new and more personalized experiences. That means optimizing every possible space in the interior for customer convenience and comfort. It means selecting materials that hold up, deliver plenty of options, perform in smaller, thinner spaces, enable lighter weight and above all look fantastic.

A great example: our selection of interior films. It’s a simple, effective solution to attain the look and feel of luxury materials without the extra cost or weight. Along with our films, you’ll find a wide assortment of adhesives, tapes, fasteners and additives that can really open up the interior space to new possibilities.

The look and feel of premium materials – without the premium cost

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3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tapes
  • Two rolls of adhesive transfer tape

    Our transfer tapes are designed for thin, permanent and reliable bonds without mechanical fasteners. Apply adhesives designed for performance on specific substrates, exactly where you need them. Tapes can be converted into precise shapes for the most effective, invisible bonds.

    Our transfer tapes are designed for thin, reliable bonding without mechanical fasteners. Apply adhesives designed for performance on specific substrates, exactly where you need them. Tapes can be converted into precise shapes for the most effective, invisible bonds.

3M Double-Sided Tapes
  • yellow roll of tape

    Acrylic adhesives bond to a wide range of automotive interior substrates, from plastics and foams to a variety of metals. Pressure-sensitive adhesives bond instantly without curing, and with a different adhesive on each side these tapes are excellent for bonding dissimilar materials. A variety of release liners add strength and stability for laminating and die cutting.

3M Reclosable Fasteners
  • vehicle headliner utilizing reclosable fasteners from 3M

    Positive-locking blind fasteners do more than just replace screws, nails, snaps and rivets. They feature mushroom-shaped polyolefin stems that snap together for a high tensile closure, and can be mixed and matched for a variety of closure strengths. These fasteners are excellent for replaceable trim and screen applications.

3M™ Glass Bubbles
  • interior garnish trim created with 3M glass bubbles

    These tiny glass microspheres can replace heavier fillers like calcium carbonate for durable plastic parts at lighter weight. With crush strengths over 15,000 psi, 3M™ Glass Bubbles deliver high strength-to-weight ratios – they are literally built for surviving injection molding and extrusion. Spherical bubbles can be modified to suit nearly any density requirement for automotive plastic parts.

3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives
  • Several pieces of 3M hot melt adhesives for automotive interiors.

    Available in low- and high-temperature versions, our hot melts liquify to bond to a variety of substrates – even hard-to-bond surfaces like polyethylene, polypropylene and other plastics. These adhesives are fast, durable and versatile, excellent for small joint, mounting and trim attachment as well as large surface lamination for automotive interiors.

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3748

    3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3764

3M™ Wire Harness Tapes
  • Preinstall of 3M wire harness tapes in headliner

    Designed specifically to bond to rough or highly irregular surfaces, our double-sided acrylic sealing tapes can create greater possibilities for placement of roof lining and impact pads, sunroof trim rings and head impact countermeasures. They are excellent for bonding wire harnesses in headliners and instrument panels.

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Step Inside. Our 3M experts are dedicated to collaboration on the best solution for your unique challenges in automotive interiors. Let’s discuss how 3M material science solutions can help you meet your specifications.


Meeting the challenges in automotive interiors

  • Learn more about bonding & joining

    Bonding and Joining Effectively bond challenging or dissimilar materials in more places inside the vehicle. 3M provides single-coated, double-coated, thin bond and wire harness tapes, hot melts, reclosable fasteners and more.

  • Learn more about thermal management

    Thermal Management To enable passenger comfort and utilize power efficiently, thermal management is a key element in interior design. 3M thermal insulation, engineered films and other solutions are up to the challenge.

  • Learn more about lightweighting

    Lightweighting Creativity without the weight – 3M solutions can enable the bonding of lighter materials in automotive interiors, replace metal fasteners and even allow for the production of plastic parts without heavy fillers.

  • Learn more about NVH

    Noise, Vibration and Harshness 3M is solving challenges of managing sound in evolving vehicle platforms – and and expanding our acoustic solutions to meet these new demands. Our Engineered Damping Material (EDM) is just one example.

  • Learn more about EMI

    Electromagnetic Interference 3M applies decades of electronics experience in the increasingly electronic environment of the vehicle interior. Our shielding, blocking and EMI absorption solutions deliver low and stable contact resistance and maintain consistent performance even in tough environments.

  • learn more about light management

    Light Management Our films for effectively controlling light – natural light or light generated from LEDs, LCDs and backlights – make for comfort and a unique experience in the vehicle cabin.


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