Attractive, Comfortable Interior Design for All

    April 27, 2016

When you’re decorating the interior of your home, you want it to be comfortable, functional and look beautiful! Similarly, the automotive industry is working towards ensuring more aesthetically pleasing, comfortable interior designs, but with a twist: also integrating lightweighting.

Auto Interiors

With CAFE standards top of mind, the automotive industry is examining all aspects of a vehicle from the inside out, identifying ways to reduce mass largely through the introduction of new, lighter substrates. Adhesives enable the implementation of new substrates, such as plastic and other natural materials.

When selecting the right adhesive, several considerations are made including application methods, efficiency and multiple bonding substrate ability. Therefore, manufacturing processes play a key role in this by streamlining process steps and reducing scrap rates, while improving performance and interior vehicle comfort.

To address these priorities, Henkel developed three new adhesives that simplify production and bolster interior design flexibility, including:

    • One-part laminating adhesive: AQUENCE ® PL 5101™ – This water-based adhesive is very sustainable and streamlines a two-part system into one. This simplification allows for a longer bonding open time. In other words, less man power is needed, cleanup is easier and production is more efficient. This technology can be sprayed, roll-coated or brushed.
    • Multi-functional adhesive: TECHNOMELT® AS 8383™ – This hot melt adhesive offers multi-functional application capabilities, with effectiveness on various substrates, including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and polypropylene. Additionally, its high-heat resistance property enables it to be used for both above and below the beltline applications including headliners, carpeting and flooring.
    • No pretreatment required: TECHNOMELT® XPO 1051™ – This reactive polyolefin hot melt requires absolutely no pretreatment of low surface energy substrates, which makes the entire laminating press process more efficient. This technology has multiple substrate ability and the bond is extremely effective. The 1051 chemistry is also non-hazardous, meaning it does not have solvents, isocyanates or tin as a part of its makeup.

Check out the video below so see some of these chemistries in action:


To learn more, download the Smart Chemistry Hub presentation: Automotive Interior Solutions.

On May 11, 2016 I’ll be presenting at Wards Auto Interiors Conference (Panel 9) and Henkel will have a booth there in Exhibit N at Cobo Hall in Detroit, so be sure to come by and see the chemistries for yourself!

Once again adhesives are enabling the industry to stick with their lightweighting goals.

About the Author, Barb Wehrle

Barb Wehrle is business development manager, adhesives with Henkel Corporation, North America, Transport and Metals, currently focusing on automotive interiors adhesive applications. Wehrle’s 30 year career at Henkel has included positions in research and development, technical support, global marketing and global key account management. In addition to automotive interiors, she has been active in metal forming, metal pretreatment, general industrial and aluminum beverage cans. Wehrle has a bachelor of science in biology and business from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

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