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)
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
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.
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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