Joining of Plastics and Composites Technical Interest Group


As technology develops, products are becoming smaller, lighter, and tougher. These trends directly lead to assemblies that are increasingly complex, which demand unique and challenging joining solutions. The Joining of Plastics and Composites Group is dedicated to the discussion and distribution of information on all joining technology advancements.

Technical Focus

Polymer and composite joining encompasses a wide range of technologies in a diverse variety of industries. The Joining of Plastics and Composites TIG brings together professionals in all these areas.

Common Joining Technologies

  • Ultrasonic Welding/Staking
  • Laser/IR Welding
  • Vibration Welding
  • Hot Plate Welding
  • Spin Welding
  • Radio Frequency Welding
  • Thermal Sealing/Staking
  • Extrusion (Hot Melt) Welding
  • Adhesive/Solvent Bonding
  • Mechanical Fasteners
  • Snap Fits

Related Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Appliances
  • Automotive
  • Batteries
  • Defense
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Home Goods
  • Medical
  • Packaging
  • Toys and Sporting Goods


The Joining of Plastics and Composites TIG focuses on the chemical and/or mechanical bonding of polymers to each other and to other materials such as wood, ceramics, and metals. This group endeavors to encourage research, development, and dissemination of information on the science and technology underlying all joining methods.

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