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Past Projects

McMaster Formula SAE

“MG Chemicals 419E conformal coating has taken our board protection to the next level. This conformal coating provides excellent protection from harmful conductive carbon fiber that may fall on our circuit boards! It also provides an excellent high voltage insulating barrier to mitigate any arching risks for all of our high voltage circuit boards within the battery pack. To top it off, this conformal coating is extremely easy to work with when fuses blow on our battery fuse boards, simply take a soldering iron to the conformal coat and watch it melt away!”

“This FR epoxy has given us a lightweight, and flame retardant solution for bonding our insulation papers to line our electrical enclosures. It cures relatively quickly by curing in elevated temperatures if needed. Also has decent work time.” (About 9200FR)

Josh Dorland – Electrical Technical Director.

MG Chemicals products perform exactly as expected and come packaged in user-friendly containers/applicators. Also, in comparison to more consumer-oriented offerings, each product is clearly labelled with a concise product number which greatly facilitates the process of finding technical datasheets as needed through the online catalogue.

Predominant applications:

4875 & 8341 – all soldered connections (including PCBs, loose wiring, perf board testing) on this year’s vehicle were made using the aforementioned solder wire and flux paste

PETG17WH1 – multiple printed enclosures and mounting brackets throughout the vehicle

9200FR-50ML – adhering of electrical insulation to interior surfaces of battery pack container

8462-55ML – improving water resistance of rubber gaskets in electrical connectors, and on occasion lubrication purposes e.g. on barbed fittings to ease installation of hoses

Jeff Jayoung Kim – Grounded Low-Voltage Integrations Lead

Université Laval’s Formula SAE Team has partnered with MG Chemicals for many years. Here are a couple of examples of how the team is using the products.

In the electronics team, FormUL uses MG Chemicals products in every part of its PCB assembly process:

  1. We use 4895 leaded solder wire all around the car and on PCBs.
  2. We use 836LFNC liquid flux in the soldering process.
  3. We coat the boards with 422C silicon modified conformal coating.

The UV reflective conformal coating is a key feature that makes quality control and technical inspection easy for us and the competition judges. In the picture below, we can see that our battery management system’s PCBs are coated with a conformal coating to prevent electrical arching, shorts, static discharges, and thermal shocks. Even the boards that do not connect to high voltage are coated to protect against humidity, corrosion and dust.

On the more mechanical side of the car, here are two of the most used products:

  1. 8332 Fast Set Epoxy
  2. 9200FR Flame Retardant Structural Epoxy Adhesive.

The fast set epoxy is mostly used for quick repairs on our carbon fibre body and wings. Structural epoxy is also used in the manufacturing of our wings, but for more heavy-duty parts like the inserts that link it to the car. The flame-retardant properties of the structural epoxy is useful in the construction of our high-voltage accumulator. In the picture below, we can see the insert that is held by the structural epoxy the composite wing.

Etienne Marcoux – Electrical Systems Director


We, at the University of Waterloo Formula Electric, have been delighted to depend on MG chemicals for our car over the years and to demonstrate our support for local Canadian businesses! MG Chemicals provides top-notch products that consistently perform as expected, such as the 9200 FR, which has been our go-to FR adhesive for its UL 94V-0 capabilities, ideal for our battery pack and aerodynamics. Despite having tried similar products in the past, we always come back to MG chemicals due to their superior quality and the convenience of acquiring these high-level products locally, which is why we trust MG chemicals when building our electric vehicle year in and out.

Manas Gupta (Business Co-Lead)

“We used MG Chemicals rosin-core solder for the assembly and maintenance of our automotive grade PCBAs across the car. The quality of the product is definitely noticeable when compared to other commercially available solder. Being able to consistently count on welds saved us countless times in the manufacturing process, and contributed heavily towards our team’s success.

MG Chemicals solder wick has been a staple in our soldering equipment drawer. The wicking ability of the braid is far superior to any other products we use on a daily basis, and our team is always looking for the MG chemical branded spool. We would definitely recommend it over other solder wick brands, which we’ve found perform subpar in a variety of metrics.”

Rylan Hanks (Electronics Lead)

“We exclusively use MG Chemicals solder, solder flux and conformal coating for the reflow and rework of our custom PCBs. Their ease of use and reliability have helped further our efforts in developing new custom electronics so we can remain on the cutting edge of electric racing.”

Varun Rajesh (VP of Energetics)


“The offerings from MGChemicals played a pivotal role in numerous stages of our electric motorbike manufacturing process. Utilizing their 4860P solder paste, we expedited the soldering of some of our PCBs through stencil and wave soldering techniques . We employed copper busbars coated with the 4226A 340G spray , which ensured robust high voltage isolation. Moreover, the
use of 842AR 140G allowed us to establish equipotential surfaces to shield against electromagnetic interference (EMI). Our team is very satisfied with the exceptional quality and the remarkable outcomes delivered by MGChemicals’ product line.”

Luis Casado (Powertrain Department)