Manufacturers are under conflicting pressures from their customers to build stronger products for increased durability while simultaneously reducing weight to minimize shipping costs. To achieve these goals, many manufacturers are turning to adhesives, a superior option to mechanical fastening. Structural adhesives cut manufacturing costs by reducing the number of mechanical fasteners required to create a joint or attach two parts. An adhesive bonded joint also results in a smooth, clean surface, reducing the added labor needed for preparation and finishing. Additionally, adhesives can even be pre-applied to areas inaccessible to mechanical fastening during the assembly process.

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