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In the future, the number of materials needed to meet changing requirements will continue to increase. Due to the increasing complexity of product requirements and the resulting material developments, these products will also have to be multi-material composites in the future. Beyond pure joining, joining technology therefore has the further central task of maintaining the material properties necessary to meet the requirements.

In this context, the key role of adhesive bonding technology is presented. With its help, all materials can be joined to themselves and to others safely and with long-term stability. At the same time, the material properties necessary to meet the requirements can be maintained. Both aspects together make new and safe as well as eco-balanced, efficient construction methods possible.

Against this background, Prof. Dr Andreas Groß from Fraunhofer IFAM presents a vision for the further development of adhesive bonding and sealing technology as the joining technology for the 21st century under the concept of  ‘controlled longevity’, i.e. the equal, inseparable combination of the safety of adhesively bonded products and their simultaneous eco-balanced efficiency, which leads to a sustainable synergism that expands the areas of application.

The book  ‘Adhesive bonding technology in the 21st century – Synergy of technological and ecological potentials’ by Prof. Dr Bernd Mayer and Prof. Dr Andreas Groß of Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen, was commissioned by FEICA to provide an overview of the various aspects of the industry, today and in the future.

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