Driving down emissions in automotive interiors

Headquartered in Switzerland and with production in Germany, ATP adhesive systems specialise in the development and production of solvent- free, speciality pressure sensitive and heat activated tapes and films for the automotive industry.

October 2014, ATP announced a bespoke range of low emission adhesive tapes and films which are capable to bond a wide variety of materials used in the production of automobile components including:

- Acoustic insulation
- Seals and gaskets
- Anti-rattle tapes
- Electronic components and sensors
- Decorative trims
- Door panels
- Headliners

Derek Bamborough – Manager Application Technology and Development explained ‘that the target of the new development was to fulfil the widest spectrum of bonding performance whilst realising the lowest possible adhesive emissions according to VDA275, VDA 277 and VDA278. A selection of these products includes:

*Actual measured values according to a DBL approved, independent institute 

Segment Manager Foam Richard Simpson explained, ‘based on our bespoke adhesives we are able to offer our customers a choice of carrier, liner and tape dimension and where necessary, customise products to suit their individual requirements’. ATP has coating capability up to 2200mm in width and the versatility to produce a wide range of toll and custom coatings.

Typical substrates bonded by ATP’s adhesives include:

- Plastics including, ABS, PC, PP, PE, PVC.
- Metals, and painted and powder- coated substrates
- Textiles and fabrics
- Foam substrates including, PU, PE, PVC, PVC/Nitrile, EPDM, Neoprene.

Furthermore ATP announced July 2014 a significant new investment of approx. €20 million for their production facility in Mihla / Buchenau, this investment includes the construction of a production and warehousing facility with a new 12’000m² building together with 860 m² office complex. The central focus point of the new factory will be the new 70 m long, state-of-the-art coating line with clean-air manufacturing allowing ATP to offer adhesive tapes with exceptionally high quality optical appearance. Managing Director Daniel Heini explained ‘the new production facility will create between 50-60 new jobs for highly trained staff, in addition ATP will continue offering training places for job-starters.’ Every year the company offers school leavers training places in various departments such as laboratory, engineering, warehouse, logistics and in sales and service.