WHEN ADHESIVES MAKE CARS LIGHTER AND SAFER

The markets served by Sika include automobile construction, the commercial vehicle industry (structural bonding, direct glazing, acoustic systems, reinforcing systems), automotive aftermarket (auto glass replacement, car body repair), renewable energies (solar and wind), and facade engineering (structural glazing, sealing of insulating glass units).

Sika technologies enable crash-resistant bonding for enhanced car safety. The new solutions for bonding together different materials, for example aluminum and carbon fiber, pave the way for lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Manufacturers are also seeking solutions that minimize production time and costs.

INNOVATIONS

Examples of successfully introduced products which enable lightweight construction and enhance the vehicle’s crash performance and resistance are SikaPower®, an adhesive for the latest generation of high-strength, weight-optimized car bodies, and SikaReinforcer®-940 / -960 bonded reinforcing elements.

For auto glass replacement, the new SikaTack® Zero offers the fastest “safe drive-away time” in the market. Sikaflex® 268 is a new product used for flush glazing - bonding of glass components without a protruding frame structure - in the rail industry. It allows bonding and backfill sealing with one product and offers the best weathering and thermal properties.