Source: Meneta announcement

ODENSE, Denmark — The Denmark-based brake component manufacturer, Meneta Group, has again demonstrated its engineering excellence and innovative capacity. At the end of Q1 2022, Meneta finalized the development of a new adhesive named H1. It is the first high temperature damping acrylic adhesive on the market.

To get some more insight to the product, the company teamed up with Group R&D Manager, Martin Søgaard, PhD.

“We are very proud to announce this new and unique adhesive that our R&D team has worked long and hard to develop,” Martin said. “Roughly speaking, we have two types of adhesives: acrylics and silicones. Acrylic adhesives usually dampen between 0 – 30°C, where silicone adhesives dampen between 70-100°C. We wanted to have an option in-between and after one-and-a-half years of intensive development, we are excited to say that we have cracked the code.” 

Suitable for EVs

Meneta is one of the world-leading anti-noise shim manufacturers and is confident that the new adhesive will be very suitable for electric vehicles in warm climates.

“Even though the brake system in electric vehicles do not get as hot as on traditional vehicles, we see the H1 as an obvious opportunity for this segment. In regions such as the Southern U.S., Southern Europe, Southern China, Australia, Brazil, and parts of Asia where the surrounding climate is already relatively warm, brake systems in EVs easily reach additional 10-20°C. This temperature range is where the H1 will be most effective,” said Martin.

Cost-optimized and effective

According to Martin and his team, the H1 has other properties besides noise-damping at higher temperatures. Martin emphasizes its cost-effectiveness, bonding, and adaptability with other products.

“Good performance is not enough in itself. For that reason, we have therefore focused on other parameters as well during development. First, being an acrylic adhesive, it is cost-optimized compared to silicone adhesives. Second, we have also learned that it bonds extremely well on backplates. The results so far have been very good, he said.

“It is also an advantage that we are able to combine the H1 with our other products. For example, our CoreStack technology, with two steel layers and one rubber layer in between, has its main damping at around 20°C. If we combine it with the H1 adhesive, however, we will suddenly be able to offer a product with a very broad damping range in both low and high temperatures.”

High market expectations

Having been a significant player on the shim market for more than 20 years, Meneta has high expectations to the market reaction for this unique product.

“In the past we have seen some initial skepticism about our other product launches. Such as our A1 adhesive, developed for electronic parking brakes (EPB), that we introduced five years ago. But as the product slowly matured in the market and the industry began to recognize its performance, it has evolved into one of our bestselling adhesives. We expect the same organic growth for the H1. For some projects, I have no doubt that this adhesive will present an obvious opportunity,” Martin concluded.