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March 19, 2018 - Automotive

Automotive Body in White (BIW) and a Smart Solution

As megatrends for improved fuel efficiency and lightweighting grow, the automotive body in white (BIW) market does as well. Gain insight into what BIW is, certain trends and the smart solution for it.

What is BIW?

Body in white refers to the stage in automotive manufacturing when a car’s sheet metal components are welded together. These include:

  • Side wall
  • Trunk lid
  • Roof
  • Front and rear fender
  • Engine hood

BIW Market Trends

1. Lightweight

Demand to reduce vehicle weight is transforming the BIW market. For example, conventional metallic materials are being replaced with lighter weight materials such as:

  • Fiber-reinforced plastics
  • Aluminum
  • Magnesium alloy

In addition to improving fuel efficiency, lighter weight BIW materials help the electric and hybrid car market by enabling the use of:

  • Solar cell and hydrogen-driven fuel systems
  • Lithium batteries

2. Comfort and Safety

In addition to reducing vehicle weight, BIW materials play an important role in addressing top consumer preferences for:

  • Enhanced styling
  • Reduced noise, vibration and harshness
  • Improved aesthetic appearance

Furthermore, BIW materials help improve a car’s crashworthiness and safety.

Introducing a Smart BIW Solution

Bostik manufactures a variety of automotive adhesives and sealants designed to improve assembly processes as well as vehicle safety, durability and aesthetics overall. For BIW in particular, Bostik offers Elastosol, an innovative technology that provides the following benefits:

  • Compatibility with lightweight materials
  • Process quality and efficiency
  • Worker-safe formulation
  • Corrosion protection
  • Long shelf life and material durability

In particular, Bostik’s smart elastosol technology is ideal for anti-flutter, hem-flange and light structural applications. For more information, visit www.bostik.com. or call 800-7-BOSTIK.

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