Power to weight ratio has long been a key factor for auto manufacturers and this latest development in the power unit has accelerated the trend once more. tesa® offers products that employ bonding, joining and fixing solutions as weight saving alternatives to traditional, mechanical methods, along with benefits in aesthetics, ease of application and dependability.
Adhesive tapes also provide equal distribution of stress across the bond, avoiding the weak spots which mechanical fixing methods often create. An application that is widespread but little known outside of the carmakers themselves is use of tesa products for hole covering. These necessary but ‘hidden’ elements of vehicle design often run into dozens of instances per vehicle.
tesa® 54336 is a preferred option for many manufacturers on this type of application. In addition to its lightweight, the tape has excellent noise damping properties, adheres well to carbon, and eliminates any requirements for laborious sandblasting around each and every hole.
“Experts confidently predict the increasing use of lighter and more modern materials in car manufacture as the move to electric gathers pace. tesa® is well placed to aid manufacturers in finding bonding solutions to meet the needs of this market shift.”
Will joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine in 2007 and over the last 12 years has experienced every facet of the fastener sector – interviewing key figures within the industry and visiting leading companies and exhibitions around the globe. Will manages the content strategy across all platforms and is the guardian for the high editorial standards that the brand is renowned.