The move towards the increased use of adhesives in the automotive industry has created the need for an exchange of information between automakers and their suppliers. HB Fuller will be showcasing its latest products and techniques to car designers at its newly opened Automotive Competency Center in Mannheim, Germany. Here, it will demonstrate and develop adhesives, application equipment, new testing methods and equipment, and perform laboratory testing for its clients.
The facility will perform its R&D functions in collaboration with clients seeking suitable adhesives for automotive trim, and electronics, as well as structural adhesives. HB Fuller expects the facility to expand its ability to develop new hot melt, water or solvent-based, reactive and film adhesive formulations.