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Henkel at JEC World 2017: Highlights Lightweight Composites for Automotive Applications

Published on 2017-03-15. Author : SpecialChem

Composite Materials for Automotive
At JEC World 2017, Henkel is putting the spotlight on high performance composites that provide car makers with new ways to design innovative lightweight solutions into their vehicles.

Henkel is on Booth D28 in Hall 6 at one of the world’s biggest composites shows, taking place from March 14 to 16 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center. During the event, Henkel experts are providing information on the increasingly broad range of products and system solutions that the company has created for the composites industry.

Cost-efficient Production of Composite Components on a Large Scale


  • High performance lightweight composites based on glass or carbon fibers in thermoplastic and thermosetting resins can be tailored to provide the right levels of strength where they are needed. For vehicle makers, that translates into reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions along with enhanced safety and crash behavior. 
  • Henkel works closely with its partners along the value chain to create ideal integrated solutions in composites that can be made cost-effectively, in high volumes, and at high speed.

Automotive Composites


In pole position on the Henkel stand at JEC is a prime example of what is now possible with automotive composites created with Henkel materials and technical know-how: a ground-breaking leaf spring based on Loctite MAX 2 polyurethane matrix resin and continuous glass fiber reinforcement.
  • The leaf spring, which debuted in late 2014 on the rear suspension of the Volvo XC90 premium crossover SUV, now features at the core of a lightweight rear axle concept implemented on various models. 
  • Volvo’s premium V90 estate and S90 models now also incorporate the highly innovative design, which is produced using high-pressure resin transfer molding, HP-RTM.

Automotive Composite Applications
Automotive Composite Applications

With its low viscosity, Loctite MAX 2 rapidly fills the mold and quickly yet gently impregnates the fiber material, resulting in short injection times. The polyurethane resin’s curing rate is also substantially higher than that of comparable epoxy resins, so total cycle times are shorter too.

Many automotive OEMs are also considering carbon fiber reinforced composites for wheels in place of aluminum. Henkel will highlight a new product in its Loctite MAX resin series that is suitable for use in production of such composite wheels, thanks to its very high temperature resistance and excellent toughness. The new Loctite MAX resin withstands service temperatures beyond 200°C and has a very high durability performance. As with Loctite MAX 2, its high curing speed and ability to be injected quickly facilitate high volume production.

A new binder technology for use in composite preforms complements Henkel’s resin portfolio with. Loctite FRP 2000 has excellent compatibility with both polyurethane and epoxy matrix resins. Its high mechanical strength means that only small amounts of the binder are needed in the preforming process; it is also well suited to production of parts with complex shapes.

Henkel Automotive Presentation at JEC


During the show, Frank Kerstan, Global Program Manager Automotive Composites at Henkel, will give a technical presentation about new matrix resins and multi-substrate adhesives for automotive large-scale production; this will be on Thursday March 16, at 12.30 in Hall 5A.

About Henkel


Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is one of the global leaders in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide.

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