JEC World 2018 preview: Henkel
Henkle (Booth G48, Hall 6) will showcase its comprehensive automotive expertise and aerospace composites solutions at JEC World 2018.
Among the highlights on display will be Henkel’s new Loctite MAX 5 matrix resin for carbon fiber reinforced composite wheels. The new technology is designed to replace aluminum in this demanding chassis application and builds on the recent success of Loctite MAX 2 for use in glass fiber reinforced leaf springs. The new resin combines high temperature resistance, excellent toughness and long-term durability with rapid mold filling, thorough fiber impregnation and high curing rates for cost-efficient large volume production.
Another spotlight will be on the company’s new Loctite UK 2032 adhesive for multi- substrate designs, following the strong response to Loctite UK 2015 introduced at last year’s JEC. Both adhesives are ideally suited for bonding structural parts made of composite materials with distinctly different coefficients of thermal expansion, from plastics to e-coated steel or aluminum. Loctite UK 2032 and Loctite UK 2015 are specifically designed to meet automotive performance requirements as well as high volume production demands.
Furthermore, Henkel will show various demonstration parts molded in new RTM test tools at the company’s Heidelberg Composite Lab. This includes thick leaf spring test parts as well as parts with a complex 3D geometry.
Henkel will present its matrix resins and multi-substrate adhesives for large-scale composite production on March 8th, 12:30 pm.
Aerospace composite solutions
To serve the growing demand for high-impact solutions in the aerospace market, Henkel has started the construction of a new production facility for aerospace materials at its site in Montornès del Vallès, Spain. The facility will include new buildings and equipment for additional production and warehouse capacities to further support key trends in the industry such as light weighting and automation. Due to the proximity to several sites of global key customer Airbus, Montornès will become Henkel’s European hub for the aerospace industry.
At JEC World 2018 Henkel’s specialists will be available to discuss the benefits of the company’s broad product portfolio and global service capacities for composite applications in aerospace.
One of Henkel’s major spotlights at the show will be on newly developed Loctite potting compounds for honeycomb sandwich assemblies used in the aerospace industry. Particularly in terms of micro-cracking resistance, density/strength ratio and flame retardancy, these advanced materials feature major improvements over conventional potting compounds. Typical applications include primary and secondary structures, such as fuselage and wing components, as well as interior panels.
The new “Aerospace Potting Compounds” will be featured in a special presentation scheduled on March 8th at 13:00 hours.
Further highlights on display will include a broad range of fast-curing Loctite liquid shim materials, lightweight high-quality Loctite surfacing films (including Lightning Strike) as well as various priming and surface treating solutions.
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