New Research Facility for Automotive Sealants and Structural Adhesives

Posted on 11/26/2019 5:18:23 PM By ASC

PPG Industries Inc, a global coating, paint and speciality material supplier for more than a century, has expanded its 42 acre research and manufacturing complex in Cleveland by adding a new 2,100 square foot research facility. The recently completed centre is to be aimed specifically at the development and testing of sealants, structural adhesives and other products required by the automotive industry.

According to the company, its scientists will be focusing on products used in the assembly of both passenger and commercial vehicles, including SUVs and light trucks. They will also be addressing the development of those coatings and sealants suitable for autonomous and battery-electric vehicles.

Particular attention will be placed on the lithium-ion battery cells, packs and modules which power them, including the sealing and attachment process involved in the assembly of the battery shell packs. This will guide research in the direction of those sealants and adhesives necessary for sealing the pack shell itself as well as those securing the cells and modules in the pack; and addressing structural reinforcement, thermal management ,and impact resistance.

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