Henkel, Dusseldorf, Germany, has recently opened a Composite Lab in Heidelberg, Germany. Here automotive customers can work with Henkel experts to develop and test composite parts and to figure out the best production process condition to make their ideas market-ready.
Automotive OEMs and Tier-1s are constantly seeking cost-effective processes suitable for production of more than 10,000 parts per year. They also want custom-formulated, fast-curing resins for use in short production cycles. This magnifies the importance of having reliable partners with in-house test capabilities, which are close to series production conditions. That is why Henkel has opened its Composite Lab, where customers can do trials using high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) equipment. The HP-RTM machine includes a 380 tons press and injection equipment for polyurethanes and epoxy materials.
Henkel’s diverse composites portfolio includes composite matrix resins, composite adhesives and more. Now OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers can come into the Henkel Composites Lab and work with our experts to learn first-hand what the options and possibilities may be for using advanced composite materials with short cycle times in their vehicles