Automotive — an industry driven by lightweight materials construction

With increasing demands to lower CO₂ emissions and more stringent legislation, the automotive industry has moved to adapt. By reducing vehicle weight and increasing engine efficiency, it has become possible to reduce fuel consumption and lower CO₂ emissions through lighter and stronger automobiles.

Relying on a combination of materials that includes high strength steel, aluminum, plastics, magnesium and carbon fiber, it is possible to save weight while ensuring vehicle safety and performance are not compromised. Yet, this material mix and the increased emphasis on lowering vehicle weight also creates new challenges, especially when it comes to joining methods.

Adhesive bonding has developed as a key alternative to support the joining of mixed materials. Within this backdrop, dispensing and metering technology has become more important than ever to ensure maximum quality in the assembly process.