September 8, 2014

Dan Murad, President and CEO of The ChemQuest Group, Inc., was quoted recently in an article from the Wall Street Journal.

Though few drivers suspect it, cars increasingly are held together by glue—as are airplanes, phones and myriad other items.

The process of substituting adhesives for welds, rivets, screws and bolts has been so gradual over recent decades that few people have noticed. Now, it is speeding up in the car world as manufacturers struggle to make vehicles lighter to meet tougher fuel-economy requirements.

As the glue makers try to expand, “the biggest obstacle is psychological,” Mr. Murad said. Many engineers aren’t trained in adhesives and feel more comfortable with nuts and bolts. After all, it is easy to check whether a screw is tight, but harder to see whether glue has been applied right.