The automotive industry continues to strive to build lighter vehicles with significantly lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This improved fuel consumption and environmental friendliness create needs for automotive suppliers and material manufacturers to support car makers in developing modern lightweight designs. In this context, industry experts assume that steel will remain the primary material for vehicle structures. However, new high-strength steel grades are finding their way into vehicle structures. Metals with low density such as Aluminum and even magnesium are increasing in demand as are polymer materials such as fiber-reinforced composites. Modern lightweight designs require new bonding technologies in addition to new materials and/or an increased material mix. Bonding is of special importance as it enables the use of new materials, new material combinations and it provides structural advantages for bonded components. Henkel's TEROSON® structural adhesives allow automotive manufactures to achieve outstanding long term structural integrity of lightweight materials.
Scientific Principal for Product Development Team
Syed Mahdi is a Scientific Principal for the Product Development team at Henkel North America. His research is focused on the development of structural adhesives for the Automotive Design Steering Uni...t. Prior to joining Henkel, Syed worked as a Product Development Scientist and as a Senior Research Scientist where he was responsible for adhesive product development for automotive OEM's. Twenty U.S. patents have been granted to Syed. He earned an M.S. in Polymer Engineering and Science from the University of Detroit.