Automotive manufacturers, particularly in North America, primarily use two-component waterborne, reactive hot-melt, and solvent-borne adhesives for laminating thermoplastic olefin, polyvinyl chloride and leather skins to polyethylene and polypropylene foams.
Conferences and trade shows keep people informed about the latest products, processes and technological innovations in their respective industries. For many professionals who work with UV-cure adhesives, the biennial RadTech conference and annual winter meeting are the main events to attend to stay in the know on ultraviolet technology.
Comparative claims can be positive or negative, subjective or objective. But, in every instance, their main purpose is illustrative. A common example is when someone claims that a person or process is “as slow as molasses” (which, by the way, has a viscosity of only 5,000 to 10,000 centipoise [cps]).
The loudspeaker market is booming. In addition to designing to an outstanding product, efficient production is crucial for a speaker manufacturer to stay ahead of its competitors. Adhesives play an important role in this, but the potential they offer for increasing productivity has yet to be fully realized.
Once a lagging market segment, automotive electronics has gained significant importance in recent years, as the industry, the culture and consumer expectations have changed. Safety and regulatory requirements for vehicles have increased, manufacturers have new warranty requirements, and what used to be “luxury” features are now expected to come standard with a new car.