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Working towards lighter more efficient vehicles

With the UK economy strengthening visibly, attention turns inevitably to the automotive market, long held to be a barometer of the manufacturing sector's health and a stimulator of jobs throughout industry. Reports from around the world provide a varied backdrop, with Saab restarting production in Sweden under new ownership and Ford, which recently unveiled a solar-powered car with sun-tracking technology, reporting 2013 as one of its best years ever, with income up $1.49 billion on the previous year.

In the UK BBC News reported rising production levels throughout the year with British industrial output at its highest since 1995 according to various organisations.  The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), for example, pointed out that UK car production was up by more than 5% with strong domestic demand and signs of recovery in Europe. Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Director of Economics Stephen Gifford, too, has been among those talking of "encouraging signs of a broadening and deepening recovery."

Against this backdrop, the trend towards hybrid and electric vehicles continues, with constant pressure from the marketplace for cleaner, more efficient cars and cost reductions wherever possible. Even in the US, generally acknowledged as having the world's greatest commitment to the oil industry, there are already ten manufacturers providing electric vehicles, with hybrid vehicle sales increasing during the period 2010 - 2012 by 33.6%.

These industry trends seem likely to gain pace and as a result there is a premium being put on manufacturers to design and produce ever lighter, more efficient and more aerodynamic vehicles. In this context tesa's work with the automotive market has been of considerable significance. The use of adhesive tapes as bonding, joining and fixing solutions has long been recognised as delivering benefits in more efficient production and lighter weight when compared to mechanical fixings. Now there is more attention on the ability of tesa products to join dis-similar materials so that these benefits can be extended to cover a wider range of applications than ever.

Clean, light and strong

Invisible they may be, but in many design applications, double-sided adhesive tapes are all around us, rapidly gaining share at the expense of conventional joining and fastening methods. The benefits of adhesive tapes are clear. They are clean, light and strong. From a process and performance perspective, they help to simplify assembly operations and offer overall aesthetic and quality benefits to improve many product designs. What's more, the equal distribution of stress across a bond area means no weaknesses are present and a powerful bond is formed, ensuring the best design solution possible.

With the automotive industry under pressure to improve manufacturing processes and performance in the areas of fuel consumption, cost and power-to-weight ratios, adhesive tapes are playing an increasing role in achieving this goal. As one of the leading providers of adhesive tape technologies, tesa is well placed to offer an extensive range of performance enhancing solutions for the sector. A wide range of exterior parts require reliable bonding of individual components as well as permanent attachment to the vehicle. tesa's comprehensive range of double-sided tapes for mounting exterior parts offers outstanding resilience to external factors such as moisture, UV radiation and temperature fluctuations.

The secure bonding of different materials is also needed in the interior, for example on the headliner, in the seats, or on the dashboard. With its double sided tapes, tesa is helping automotive designers respond to the latest trends and bring their interior designs to life, providing secure bonding on the diverse substrates often used in interiors, while ensuring noise damping - an essential element in guaranteeing customer satisfaction, product differentiation and elimination of re-working costs.

In the future, adhesive tape technology is expected to take over functions and tasks that go beyond the scope of their traditional role of holding things together.
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