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LORD Corporation Celebrates 50 Million Vehicle Milestone for Metal Bonding

By: Kimberly Kayler , Constructive Communication , 614-873-6706

(Cary, NC — 05/03/2007)

LORD Corporation has announced a 25th anniversary milestone for the use of its metal bonding adhesives for vehicle assembly. By the company's estimate, more than 50 million vehicles have been built using structural metal bonding enabled by LORD Corporation's adhesive technology.

According to Scott Miller, LORD Global Marketing Manager, the first commercial vehicle application using LORD Corporation's metal bonding technology was in 1982 for heavy-duty truck doors, followed in 1987 by doors on a Ford 9000 series truck. Metal bonding eliminated all hem welds and resolved dimensional stability issues during shipment of the doors to the assembly plant. Ford later presented LORD with an innovative technology award for this application. Since that time, millions of vehicles have incorporated structural bonds using LORD Corporation's adhesives.

Today, metal bonding applications include doors, hoods, decklids, fenders, roofs, end gates, tail gates, A-Pillars, B-Pillars, C-Pillars, gas cap covers, identification tags on transmissions and reinforcement patches for safety restraints. LORD provides metal bonding solutions to a wide range of tier suppliers including ThyssenKrupp, Martinrea, Magna, Ogihara, Massiv, Mayflower, Kuka, Tower, Flex-n-gate, Drive, PKUSA, Aventec, PEMSA, Spartansburg Steel and LSP. The major manufacturers using LORD weld bonding technology include GM, DCX, Ford, BMW, Mitsubishi, Mercedes Benz and Nissan.

Jim Perritt, Global Marketing Manager and North America Sales Manager for LORD Fusor® Automotive Repair Adhesives, said success with metal bonding on original equipment propelled LORD to develop aftermarket solutions. LORD launched such products to the automotive aftermarket in the mid 1990s.

“LORD Fusor adhesives are now applied on the assembly line for in-plant and port repair, as well as for dealer warranty and collision repair,” said Perritt. “We are committed to providing the latest adhesive products and repair techniques to the industry to enable collision repair professionals to reduce cycle times while providing repairs that match OEM performance specifications and cosmetics.”

Outside the automotive industry, metal bonding is used to assemble bus, truck and trailer sidewalls, roofs, doors, wind fairings and many other components. In automobiles, applications include doors, hoods, decklids, fenders, roofs, end gates, tail gates, A-Pillars, B-Pillars, C-Pillars, gas cap covers, identification tags on transmissions and reinforcement patches for safety restraints.

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