Lincoln Commercial Bodies, has selected Kommerling's Korapop 225 adhesive for use in the construction of several of its key vehicle bodies. The company is currently producing approximately 120 vehicles a month, ranging from 3.5t Luton Box vans to 26ft curtain siders.
Chris Donohue, HR and general manager at Lincoln Commercial, explained more: "Previously we have used GRP panels for the Luton box vans but in the past 18 months, availability, price and lead times for these have been uncertain. We had to look for an alternative, readily available solution and Omnia panels were that product."
Omina panels are lightweight, composite, sandwich panels but Lincoln knew they would require a different solution for the construction process. Working with Albert Jagger, a specialist supplier of products for the automotive market, Chris and his team tested a number of alternatives on the market before selecting Korapop 225. "Not only does it deliver a strong body but the product is elastic and caters for any movement between parts while retaining seal against water ingress.”
"Korapop 225 is a one component silane modified polymer, which has excellent resistance to hot and cold temperatures, an essential requirement for any vehicle in use in the UK," explained Ian Little, engineering adhesives sales for Kommerling.
Another key performance criteria, especially when being used on vehicle panels, is the polymer's excellent resistance to moisture. In addition to supplying the adhesive, Kommerling, has also given full training to several members of the LCB team. This ensures that correct preparation and application procedures are followed during the vehicle build process, this not only ensures a robust finished body but eliminates product waste and bond failures. Lincoln also uses Korapop 235 and 135 on other vehicle components and bodies.
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