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Henkel's Aquence® Co-Cure process reduces environmental impact and energy consumption

Published on 2010-06-18. Author : SpecialChem

Henkel Corporation received a 2010 Automotive News PACE Environmental Award for its Aquence® Co-Cure coating process, at an awards ceremony on June 16 in Novi, Mich. As a 2010 PACE Award winner for innovation, Henkel was also selected for this prestigious environmental award which recognizes automotive suppliers for their innovations that contribute to environmental sustainability. The Aquence® Co-Cure process reduces environmental impact since it contains no heavy metals or sludge, is low VOC and reduces energy consumption and waste treatment costs.

This environmentally responsible process layers the Aquence® 900-series of autodeposition coatings with a powder or liquid topcoat, and/or adhesive and "co-cures" them together in a single oven. In addition, Henkel's Aquence® Co-Cure process simplifies conventional metal pretreatment by reducing it to a two-step coating process, therefore reducing the production footprint by up to 40 percent.

The Aquence® Co-Cure process has been commercially accepted by several industries, including automotive, alternative energy structures, home appliances and agriculture and construction equipment. In addition to its environmental benefits, this process improves corrosion protection and provides complete part coverage.

"Henkel's Aquence® Co-Cure improves the total value and productivity of manufacturing operations, while meeting stringent environmental requirements," said Chuck Evans, corporate vice president, Automotive, Henkel Corporation. "We are honored to be awarded the Automotive News PACE Environmental Award, a true symbol of Henkel's commitment to sustainability."

The Automotive News PACE Award is viewed around the world as the industry symbol of innovation and winning this honor elevates Henkel's stature in the marketplace. The 16th annual PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award was presented by Automotive News, Ernst &Young LLP and Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC Inc.). The competition was open to suppliers who contribute products, processes, materials or services directly to the manufacture of cars or trucks. The Automotive News PACE Award is accepted around the world as the industry symbol of innovation.

About Henkel:

Henkel is the market leader in adhesives, sealants and surface treatments to the transportation industry. Backed by extensive design capabilities, a broad product range, specific application knowledge and technical expertise, the company delivers solutions to all segments of automotive development - automotive body, interior, chassis, electronics and powertrain production. Through powerful brands like Loctite®, Teroson®, Aquence®, Bonderite®, and Multan®, Henkel provides significant economic and environmental advantages for today's vehicles, making them safer, more comfortable and extending vehicle value.

Source: Henkel

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