Henkel's TECHNOMELT XPO 1050 assists automakers in reducing weight in vehicle
Polyolefin-based hotmelt can reduce vehicle mass by 0.8 to 2.2 kilograms per
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., May 22, 2013
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Henkel Corporation's
automotive group today announced the introduction of TECHNOMELT XPO 1050, a
polyolefin-based hotmelt that can bond a wide variety of interior-related
substrates without the need for pretreatment of the plastic surface.
Used in the development of a number of interiors applications, including door
panels, rear package trays, pillar trims and instrument panels, TECHNOMELT XPO
1050 is applied through a roll coating process, requiring less adhesive than
typical sprayable adhesives, while eliminating as much as 25 percent overspray
"TECHNOMELT XPO 1050 can reduce vehicle mass by 0.8 to 2.2 kilograms per
vehicle*," said Mark Neuenschwander, Market Segment Manager, Henkel. "In
addition to weight savings, the technology provides cost savings advantages by
eliminating the need for heat ovens and tunnels and pretreatment flame
equipment or additional surface primers."
Vehicle interiors represent 19 percent of the total mass of the car, according
to Lotus Engineering, providing significant weight saving opportunities for
automakers in meeting 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.
More information about TECHNOMELT XPO 1050 is available here. Additional
information about Henkel's vehicle lightweighting efforts is available at
www.henkelna.com/lightenup or on Twitter @HenkelAuto_NA.
Images: High-resolution images of a typical roll coating machine used in the
application of TECHNOMELT XPO 1050 are available by contacting Carrie Cioffi
*Based on the amount of adhesive needed for 20 square meters.
Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three
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 $21.13
billion and adjusted operating profit of $2.98 billion in fiscal 2012.
Henkel's preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.
SOURCE Henkel Corporation
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