Henkel has established a brand new processing and testing line in
Shanghai (P.R. China) to focus on Electro Ceramic Coating (EC)
technology in Asia-Pacific. This laboratory will serve customers who are
interested in using ECҲ 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
Electro Ceramic Coatings add life to pistons (Photo: Business Wire)
Henkel already has three EC laboratories around the world, located in
Detroit (United States), DҼsseldorf (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 EC?
ECҲ 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
ECcan provide enhanced heat and chemical resistance, as well as
superior corrosion protection. ECҲ can also be used as a base coating
with an excellent adhesion to paints.
New high-performance benefits of EC 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.
The new ECҲ 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.
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 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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