Sika Automotive recently announced that it will serve as the headline sponsor, as well as a presenter and an exhibitor at the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit 2019 Conference, which will be held August 20-22 in Detroit, Mich. The event will feature Leslie Wolschleger, Ph.D., Sika’s vice president of Research & Development, as a speaker on Tuesday, August 20, at 12:20 p.m. The presentation, “Evolution of Adhesive Joining in Automotive Body-in-White,” will cover the following topics:

  • Effects of surface coating on adhesive joining of metals
  • Importance of proper adhesive selection in mixed material bonding, especially in applications with composite materials
  • Why differences in thermal expansion of materials is a critical issue in specific bonding applications
  • Latest innovations in semi-structural, structural, and mixed-material bonding adhesive technologies

As an exhibitor, Sika Automotive will feature its vehicle lightweighting technologies. Products to be showcased include SikaPower® and Sikaflex® for lightweight material and mixed-material bonding; SikaReinforcer® structural inserts for body structural reinforcements; and SikaBaffle® and SikaDamp® for noise and vibration control.

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