Health Alert in China-made Luxury Cars Underscores Value of Henkel's New Terophon Technology

  Health Alert in China-made Luxury Cars Underscores Value of Henkel's New
  Terophon Technology

Business Wire

SHANGHAI -- April 25, 2013

Recently, China Central Television (CCTV) broadcast a report alleging health
risks from asphalt-based “damping” materials used in automobiles. According to
the report, the asphalt materials, which contain known carcinogens, were found
to be emitting dangerous fumes. These fumes can be released into the car from
the damping materials at high temperatures.

Dispensing with Terophon 8275 (Photo: Business Wire)

Dispensing with Terophon 8275 (Photo: Business Wire)

The complicating factor is that the asphalt-based materials can be
manufactured from a variety of source compounds and can vary in their
composition. Often, producers will utilize the source compounds that are the
cheapest and most readily available, potentially flirting with safety
standards. This causes difficulty for both companies and consumers to be
certain about which compounds are contained in and emitted from the particular
materials found in their cars.

Enter Henkel's Terophon 8275: Dependable Safety from Source to End-user

Terophon 8275 is an innovation from Henkel that has already been in use at
leading European car manufacturers since December of 2012. The new product, a
liquid-applied sound deadener (LASD), significantly – and safely – reduces the
solid-borne noise and vibrations generated by the engine and the wheels during
driving. The material is rubber-based, consisting of natural/renewable raw
materials and technology that limit emissions to levels far below the current
safety standards. Moreover, Terophon 8275 also eliminates the uncertainty of
dangerous source materials and varying levels of quality found in asphalt
dampeners. The source compounds remain the same, always.

Industry-beating Performance, Efficiency and Sustainability Standards

In addition to the health safety advantages, Terophon 8275 outperforms the
competition by being up to 20% lighter and testing 15% higher in acoustic
performance. This saves about 1 kilo in the vehicle design, which directly
leads to improved fuel economy and a more comfortable driving experience. The
health safety and performance advantages are not limited to just the driver's
experience as the end-user, but also apply to the entire product cycle – in
source materials, manufacturing, logistics, storage, application and disposal
(reuse).

Easy and Efficient Application and Changeover

The Terophon 8275 offers an easy and efficient application process that can be
either robotic for large operations, or manual for smaller to medium-sized
companies. In both methods, the 200-liter Terophon storage drums are
compatible with standard dispensing equipment commonly used in automotive
assembly, making Terophon 8275 easy to integrate into most existing setups.
For new customers, Henkel offers training, testing and technical assistance to
ensure a seamless transition from asphalt. Nearly all the asphalt mats used
today can be replaced by Terophon 8275, and the product does not require any
hazard labeling.

About Henkel

Henkel began producing rubber-based LASD products for the automotive industry
in Europe in 2006. Today Henkel supplies innovative sound deadening materials
to leading auto brands around the world.

Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three
business areas: Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies.
Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions both in the
consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil,
Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 47,000 people and reported sales
of 16,510 million euros and adjusted operating profit of 2,335 million euros
in fiscal 2012. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index
DAX.

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Contact:

Henkel
Kyle Royston, +86-21-28918889
kyle.royston@henkel.com
Roy Zhou, +86-21-28918812
roy.zhou@cn.henkel.com