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3M new acrylic foam tape EX4500 improves efficiency for automotive manufactures by creating a permanent bond of medium surface energy substrates without the use of primer.

WESTMINSTER, Maryland (PRWEB) January 19, 2015

As a 3M Preferred Converter, Strouse has access to 3M’s newest technology for automotive manufacturers – 3M Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500. 3M develops and manufactures innovative products for all industries and the EX4500 acrylic foam tape series has been designed specifically for automotive manufacturers that are bonding trim components.

Many acrylic bonding tapes require the use of primer to create the strongest possible bond. This often poses many problems for manufacturers from logistics to labor. 3M EX4500 series solves these problems by creating a strong permanent bond without the use of any primer.

Using a primer to apply adhesives creates several pain points for automotive manufacturers:

  • Employee health issues when exposed to harsh chemicals
  • Environmental issues
  • Additional labor costs for applying primer
  • Potential for quality issues due to the primer
  • Added expense and design time for automation equipment and primer
  • Appearance of the bondline

3M Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500 can solve each of these issues. Both sides of this double-sided acrylic tape utilize proprietary 3M technology, JLx adhesive. JLx adhesive bonds to MSE plastics and paints, as well as paints comprised of MVSS carbamate, epoxy/acid powder and 2K urethane, without the need of primer or adhesion promoter.

3M Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500 can be used for the following applications:

  • Pillar Garnishes
  • MSE Body Side Moldings
  • Step Plates
  • Vent Visors
  • Chrome Appliqués
  • Sensor Bonding to TPO Substrates

As a 3M Preferred Converter, Strouse has access to 3M Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500. This material can be converted into custom parts on a roll, as sheeted parts, or individual pieces for automotive assembly processes. Strouse can die cut this material to tight tolerance dimensions and apply a tab or extended liners to the parts for easy removal during assembly.

Strouse is a die cut adhesive manufacturer with over 25 years of industry experience. Serving the medical, automotive, military, appliance, and renewable energy industries, Strouse continues to innovate. With a quality management system currently registered to ISO 9001:2008 standards, Strouse not only has a commitment to quality but excellent customer service. A full team of design and development engineers allows Strouse to invest the necessary time and resources for each and every project. Located in Westminster, Maryland, Strouse can be contacted directly at 1-800-410-8273 or visit our website for more info at

Sue Chambers

Written by Sue Chambers

As the CEO and President of Strouse Corporation, Sue Chambers is responsible for leading all facets of the business. Sue has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales growth and operational innovation in the adhesive conversion industry. Sue possesses strong leadership, strategic vision, and savvy marketing skills. Sue has an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland. Since 1997 Sue Chambers joined Strouse and led the transformation into an enterprise-focused company while growing the company into a world leader in the innovative production of pressure-sensitive adhesive with revenue of over 20 million and growing. In the last three years, Strouse revenue has grown 62%; the number of employees has grown and continues to achieve and maintain ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification. Strouse built a new production plant going from 40,000 to 62,500 square feet, increasing the production space by 50%. The building also can expand to 82,500 sq. Feet. Sue is active in the community serving on the Industrial Development Board presently and earning several business awards over the years. Most recently, 3M has recognized Strouse as a supplier of the year. She is also on the Dale Chambers Foundation board that raises money for local charities in the community.

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