Vehicle lightweighting is auto industry's best opportunity to achieve CAFE
standard, says Henkel executive at WWJ Auto Summit
Henkel estimates its technologies can reduce mass of every vehicle by more
than 95 kilograms -- the equivalent of planting 19 trees
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., Oct. 17, 2013
MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Lightweighting is the
automotive industry's best bet to achieve the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel
Economy standard, according to Chuck Evans, corporate vice president at Henkel
Corporation's automotive group, in remarks at the WWJ Newsradio 950 Auto
Summit held today in Southfield, Mich.
"There are plenty of options on the table to get us to 54.5 miles per gallon
by 2025," Evans said. "Advanced powertrains, vehicle downsizing,
lightweighting and other innovations are all being pursued. If we focus on
vehicle lightweighting alone, according to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of
Technology), the average new vehicle will weigh 28 percent less in 2016 than
it does today, he said. Just imagine what we can do by 2025."
Vehicle lightweighting is about more than reducing weight and improving fuel
economy. It's also about contributing to a better environment. Replacing two
pounds of steel with one pound of aluminum saves 20 pounds of carbon dioxide
emissions over the life of the vehicle, according to Alcoa. Additionally,
fewer materials going into the vehicle means fewer industrial byproducts and a
reduction of materials going into landfills.
"By incorporating the technologies that Henkel makes, we estimate that we can
reduce the mass of every vehicle by more than 95 kilograms (approximately 209
pounds), which is the environmental equivalent of planting about 19 trees,"
Using lightweight materials is not without its challenges, though. Lightweight
materials simply cannot be introduced by using traditional joining and surface
treatment techniques. The use of new methods, like adhesives, plays a
significant role. Evans said the solution is found in chemistry. In
particular, cured adhesives provide a protective barrier between metals that
prevents corrosion, which is key given the highly corrosive nature of material
Lightweight material has often been impractical or cost prohibitive to put
into mass production. Henkel has developed various technologies, from
pretreatment processes to adhesives, to make lightweighting and mass
Henkel's LOCTITE MAX 2 solution, for example, is a polyurethane-based resin
system that cures faster than traditional epoxy resins. Due to its low
viscosity, LOCTITE MAX 2 more easily penetrates the fiber material speeding up
cycle times so lightweight materials like carbon fiber composites can be
introduced on high-volume automotive production. Cycle time reduction varies
per application. In one example, it was reduced from approximately 20 minutes
to between 8-10 minutes; in another application, it was reduced to only 2-4
For additional information about Henkel's capabilities in vehicle
lightweighting, visit www.henkelna.com/lightenup or follow us on Twitter
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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.
Carrie Cioffi / Henkel
Rich Donley / MCCI on behalf of Henkel
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