EFTEC Makes it 500,000

The glass bonding system of EFTEC North America LLC is expected to be installed on the 500,000th vehicle in early March. The product was introducted to the North American automotive OEM industry in 2003.

"EFTEC is thrilled to have reached such an important milestone so quickly in our North American OEM sales efforts," said Joe Renzi, sales and marketing manager aftermarket for the Madison Heights, Mich.-based company.

The first EFTEC glass bonding system was installed in August 2003 for use on the 2004 Chevy Malibu and Pontiac Grand Am. Since then, the product has been used on the Dodge Ram and Cadillac CTS, STS and SRX.

The primary adhesive used by North American OEMs is EFBOND™ EF7020, a one-component, room-temperature applied, moisture-cured, black polyurethane adhesive. It can be used, with or without a metal primer, to bond glass parts to specific paint systems on a vehicle body. The product comes in 54-gallon drums for OEMs and in 10.5-ounce tubes for aftermarket installations and is sold under the product number D-501HV.

Dinitrol D-501HV is a high-viscosity, good-decking, quick curing, solvent-free urethane, and meets all applicable FMVSS. This product comes in 10.5-ounce cartridges and 20.3-ounce foil wrap options.

EFTEC North America was created in 1997 as a joint venture between EMS-CHEMIE Holding AG, Zurich, Switzerland, and H.B. Fuller Company, St. Paul, Minn.

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