Premiere of World-Class Multi-Functional Coating Laboratory in Asia-Pacific

  Premiere of World-Class Multi-Functional Coating Laboratory in Asia-Pacific

Henkel Expands Electro Ceramic Coatings Capacity in Shanghai, China

Business Wire

SHANGHAI -- April 25, 2013

Henkel has established a brand new processing and testing line in Shanghai
(P.R. China) to focus on Electro Ceramic Coating (EC²) technology in
Asia-Pacific. This laboratory will serve customers who are interested in using
EC² to replace traditional coating methods for corrosion protection, as well
as customers who require the new high performance benefits of reduced friction
and reduced emissions in internal combustion engines. Located in Henkel’s
Asia-Pacific R&D center in Shanghai, this 100-square-meter lab, equipped with
world-class infrastructures and led by an experienced technical team, will
develop and test electro ceramic coatings tailored to the customer’s
requirements.

Electro Ceramic Coatings add life to pistons (Photo: Business Wire)

Electro Ceramic Coatings add life to pistons (Photo: Business Wire)

Henkel already has three EC² laboratories around the world, located in Detroit
(United States), Düsseldorf (Germany) and Yokohama (Japan). The new lab in
Shanghai now makes it possible to quickly tailor the coating process based on
the specific requirements of local customers in China and Asia Pacific.
Performance and analytical characteristics can also be tested on site in the
well-equipped Henkel Analytical Center.

What is EC²?

EC² is a high-performance, environmentally-friendly, multifunctional coating
for light metals such as aluminum, magnesium, titanium and their alloys. The
coating enables the use of lower-cost and lightweight metals, for example, to
replace steel. Test results have verified that EC²can provide enhanced heat
and chemical resistance, as well as superior corrosion protection. EC² can
also be used as a base coating with an excellent adhesion to paints.

New high-performance benefits of EC² include the reduction of friction and
improvement of wear characteristics, and the reduction of emissions in
internal combustion engines.

Applications of this technology include: marine outboard engines, automotive
engine pistons, exhaust gas recirculation and turbo parts, HVAC, pistons for
small engines, pumps and valves, cookware, lighting, and many more components
across industries.

Significance

The new EC² processing and testing lab will allow Henkel to develop more
lightweight and environmentally-friendly solutions to help customers reach
their targets of emission reduction and fuel efficiency. It will not only
reinforce Henkel’s Asia-Pacific technical capability, but also proactively
support the innovation process at the customer end. Besides, it can bring
extra value to the customers by enabling Henkel to respond more rapidly to
their requirements. “Henkel has always committed to be the design partner and
solution provider of our customers. We are excited to strengthen this
commitment by providing our latest innovative coating technology,” said George
Kazantzis, Vice President of Henkel Asia-Pacific Transportation and Metals
Group.

About Henkel

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
Dr. Matthias Wegener, +86 21 2891 8667
matthias.wegener@henkel.com
 
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