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Henkel highlighting automotive and aerospace solutions at JEC World

News International-French

2 Feb 2016

During the fair Henkel experts will be available to provide information on the wide range of products and system solutions that the company is able to offer the composites industry.

As a solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide, Henkel is exhibiting in Hall 6 booth J31 a range of innovative composite materials and solutions at JEC World covering automotive and aerospace applications. JEC World is the world’s biggest fair for composite materials held in Paris, France.

Cost-efficient large-scale production of composite components for the automotive industry
Composite materials based on glass or carbon fibers combine savings in weight – leading to reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – with enormous strength, thereby offering enhanced safety and good crash behavior. As a global leader in the supply of adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, Henkel works closely with its industrial customers to create tailor-made and integrated solutions designed to meet the challenges that lightweight construction brings to the automobile industry, particularly in relation to cost efficiency and suitability for volume production.

A fiber-reinforced composite leaf spring based on the polyurethane matrix resin Loctite MAX 2 from Henkel is being used in the chassis of the new Volvo XC90, a premium crossover SUV of which the innovative rear axle concept is to serve as a platform for other model series, such as the S90 and the V90. Benteler-SGL, a leading manufacturer of composite components for automotive applications, is aiming to produce several hundred thousand of these leaf springs per year. In its alliance with Benteler-SGL aligned to the development and large-scale production of a composite leaf spring for Volvo Cars, Henkel has contributed in particular its process know-how in relation to RTM (resin transfer molding) so as to further optimize the cycle times that occur in the manufacture of fiber-reinforced components. Because of its low viscosity, the polyurethane matrix resin Loctite MAX 2 from Henkel rapidly fills the mold and quickly yet gently impregnates the fiber material, resulting in short injection times. With the curing rate also substantially faster than that of epoxy resins, cycle times are shorter overall.

In addition, Henkel will present a holistic lightweight door concept of the Roding R1. The door is manufactured using Henkel’s assembly adhesive solutions and Loctite MAX 3 resin, demonstrating the excellent flow characteristics of that resin family on very complex geometrical shapes.  

Henkel will also present its newest innovation in the Loctite MAX resin series, adhesives designed to meet the composite automotive industry needs and binders, for a reliable and easy production process.