Plastics and adhesives are playing an increasing role in helping automakers reduce weight and enhance vehicle aesthetics inside and out.
Bayer’s diverse portfolio of lightweight materials and technologies can be used in numerous automotive applications, including composite underbodies, roof modules, load floors, exterior body panels, window glazing, headliners and interior components to help automakers reduce vehicle weight while retaining style and safety. Lightweight, multi-material vehicles require bonding technologies to handle the diverse material mix, and two-component polyurethane adhesives are well-suited for this task.
Bruce Benda, vice president, Automotive and Transportation, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, shared his insights about the trends for lightweight materials and bonding technologies in his presentation “Material Considerations and Making Them Stick in Lightweighting Technologies,” during the 2nd annual Plastics in Lightweight Vehicles conference. During the conference, Benda also participated in an automotive panel discussion.
About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,800 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2011 sales of 10.8 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience’s 2011 sales in North America were $2.9 billion. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.