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3M 950 Adhesive Transfer Tape has helped a manufacturer of automotive privacy shades to accelerate lead times and migrate production back to the UK.

A cheaper alternative to window tinting – even for vehicle manufacturers – the shades cover the entire surface area of the window while still allowing it to be wound down.

Production for 300 car models was undertaken in Asia, but OE Sunshades soon realised that the long lead times and the cost of airfreight were wiping out many of the savings achieved in the region.

It was at this stage, with the performance of 3M’s 950 Adhesive Transfer Tape, that it engineered out as much of the labour as it could and brought production back to Nottinghamshire.

One of the primary issues faced during development of the automotive OEM and aftermarket shades was the ability to keep the shade material taught on the metal frame prior to the application of a woven-edge binding.

‘We tried everything,’ said Stephen Giles, operations director of OE Sunshades.

‘Other tapes, sprays, heat-applied adhesives and nothing seemed to be able to hold the fabric firmly, with it often detaching prior to the final sewing operation.

‘After a series of trial runs, we finally found our candidate; 3M 950 Tape delivered exactly what we wanted.

‘Another plus was the ease at which it comes off its backing paper.

‘At the moment we are adding about two new car models per week.

‘Now it is feasible to receive a car at 08:30 and have it out of the door by 16:30.

‘With just six people working in a single shift pattern, we are able to produce more than 500 sets of shades per week.’ 3M 950 Tape is suitable for attaching a wide variety of similar and dissimilar materials where an aggressive adhesive with high initial adhesion is required.

This pressure-sensitive, medium-firm acrylic adhesive also features good shear holding power and, at just 0.13mm thick, the clear adhesive does not impact on the aesthetics of the substrates being bonded.

Thanks to 3M 950 tape, OE Sunshades now has two patents.

The first covers the way the shades clip into the window surrounds.

The second covers the semi-permanent way it fixes the material prior to edge binding.

3M 950 Adhesive enables faster turnaround

3M 950 Adhesive Transfer Tape has helped a manufacturer of automotive privacy shades to accelerate lead times and migrate production back to the UK.

A cheaper alternative to window tinting – even for vehicle manufacturers – the shades cover the entire surface area of the window while still allowing it to be wound down.

Production for 300 car models was undertaken in Asia, but OE Sunshades soon realised that the long lead times and the cost of airfreight were wiping out many of the savings achieved in the region.

It was at this stage, with the performance of 3M’s 950 Adhesive Transfer Tape, that it engineered out as much of the labour as it could and brought production back to Nottinghamshire.

One of the primary issues faced during development of the automotive OEM and aftermarket shades was the ability to keep the shade material taught on the metal frame prior to the application of a woven-edge binding.

‘We tried everything,’ said Stephen Giles, operations director of OE Sunshades.

‘Other tapes, sprays, heat-applied adhesives and nothing seemed to be able to hold the fabric firmly, with it often detaching prior to the final sewing operation.

‘After a series of trial runs, we finally found our candidate; 3M 950 Tape delivered exactly what we wanted.

‘Another plus was the ease at which it comes off its backing paper.

‘At the moment we are adding about two new car models per week.

‘Now it is feasible to receive a car at 08:30 and have it out of the door by 16:30.

‘With just six people working in a single shift pattern, we are able to produce more than 500 sets of shades per week.’ 3M 950 Tape is suitable for attaching a wide variety of similar and dissimilar materials where an aggressive adhesive with high initial adhesion is required.

This pressure-sensitive, medium-firm acrylic adhesive also features good shear holding power and, at just 0.13mm thick, the clear adhesive does not impact on the aesthetics of the substrates being bonded.

Thanks to 3M 950 tape, OE Sunshades now has two patents.

The first covers the way the shades clip into the window surrounds.

The second covers the semi-permanent way it fixes the material prior to edge binding.

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