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Henkel opens new composite test center in Asia ľ the Composite Lab

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Henkeláhas opened aástate-of-the-art test facility forácomposites ináJapan. Theánew Composite Lab ináIsogo-ku, Yokohama, willáallow automotive customers fromáacrossáAsia toáteamáupáwitháHenkeláexperts toádevelop andátest composite parts, andátoáestablish theábest process conditions toámake their ideas ready forámarket.

Interest inátheáuse ofácomposites toáreduce vehicle weight andáincrease performance is rising rapidly amongáautomotive OEMs andáTier 1ásuppliers. Butátheir demands are strict: they require cost-effective processes suitable foráproduction ofámore than 10,000áparts per year. Inápracticaláterms, this means they often want custom-formulated, fast-curing resins foráuse ináshort production cycles. This magnifies theáimportance ofáhaving reliable partners witháin-house test capabilities.

This is why Henkel, aáglobaláleader inácomposite matrixáresins, adhesives, sealants andáfunctionalácoatings forátheáautomotive industry, has opened theánew Composite Lab, where automotive customers can work witháHenkeláexperts toádevelop andátest composite parts, andáalso optimize series production process conditions. They can carry outátrials withádifferent test molds onáHenkelĺs own High Pressure Resin Transfer Molding (HP-RTM) equipment. TheáHP-RTM machine includes aá380átons press forátrials close toáseries production conditions.

Increasing globaládevelopment activity
Last year, Henkeláalso opened aáComposite Lab ináEuropeጠináHeidelberg, Germany. Theánew test center ináAsia reflects Henkelĺs commitment toádeliver high levels ofáservice, quality, service andáknow-how close toáits customers aroundátheáworld.

Frank Kerstan, GlobaláProgramáManager Automotive Composites, says: ôWe are very proud toáhave this new state-of-the-art test center ináAsia. Asávehicle manufacturers worldwide look toáreduce weight inácars andátrucks toáhelp boost fueláeconomy andáreduce emissions, they are having toáset aside theámindset thatáhas dictated traditionalámaterialáandáprocess choices, andálook atánew andáemerging technologies. Botháour Composite Labs offer OEMs andáTier-One suppliers theáopportunity toáwork together witháour experts toálearn first-hand what theáoptions andápossibilities may be foráusing advanced composite materials witháshort production cycle times inátheir vehicles.

Henkelástrives toácreate aácompetitive advantage foráits partners alongátheávalue chain. We continue toáwork closely witháour customers toácreate cost-effective integrated solutions thatáare suitable foráhigh volume production. Henkeláproducts make vehicles quieter, lighter andámore durable, whileáprovidingácomfort, strength andásafety.ö

Henkelĺs diverse composites portfolio includes composite matrixáresins andáadhesives. TheáLoctite MAXáseries ofámatrixáresins is suitable foráuse witháglass andácarbon fiber preforms designed forátheáRTMáprocess. This range also includes binders andárelease agents foráfiber-reinforced components. Loctite composite adhesives are idealáforámulti-material bonding andáassembly. Alláthese materials are backed upábyáextensive process know-how andáengineering expertise forátheáRTMáprocess andátheásimulation andácharacterization ofácomposite parts.

Forámore information onátheáComposite Lab


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