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Henkel Expands Trial of Bonderite New Generation Coating into Ford Production Facility
Tuesday December 4, 9:01 am ET

Henkel's New Bonderite(R) Coating Reduces Costs While Streamlining the Paint Pretreatment Process

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- After a successful trial, Henkel is participating in expanded testing of its new Bonderite® conversion coating process in the Ford Motor Company Twin Cities manufacturing facility in St. Paul, Minn. Henkel's new Bonderite® conversion coating process is the automotive industry's first non-phosphate conversion coating for multi- metal bodies. The technology significantly reduces costs, improves the efficiency of vehicle assembly pretreatment operations while reducing the environmental impact.

This new coating eliminates the problems associated with the conventional zinc-phosphate pretreatments. It eliminates pretreatment sludge, reduces landfill requirements and simplifies wastewater treatment. This Bonderite® conversion coating is free of phosphate, VOC and CO2 equivalent emissions resulting in minimal environmental impact and is applied at room temperature reducing utilities and natural resource requirements. With this coating, the pretreatment footprint can be reduced 20 to 40 percent in a Brownfield site as well as in a Greenfield operation.

"We are excited to provide the automotive industry a new option for paint pretreatment that not only uses less energy, making it better for the environment, but lowers manufacturing costs and improves productivity by shortening the process," said Dan Wohletz, vice president, automotive North America, Henkel. "We're confident that this new Bonderite® coating can streamline the paint pretreatment process to create the fastest, most efficient automotive body pretreatment application in the world."

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®, Autophoretic®, Bonderite®, Frekote® and Multan(TM), Henkel provides significant economic and environmental advantages for today's vehicles, making them safer, more comfortable and extending vehicle value.

For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel operates in three business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives Technologies - and ranks among the Fortune Global 500 companies. In fiscal 2006, Henkel generated sales of 12.740 billion euros and operating profit of 1,298 million euros. Our 53,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our corporate claim, "A Brand like a Friend," and ensuring that people in more than 125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.

Source: Henkel

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