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NRW-Wirtschaftsminister Prof. Andreas Pinkwart besuchte ARLANXEO in Dormagen. Auf dem Bild (von rechts nach links): Stefan Rittmann (Geschäftsführer ARLANXEO Deutschland GmbH), Minister Prof. Andreas Pinkwart, Matthias Gotta (Leiter der Geschäftsbereich Tire & Specialty Rubbers), Robert Krumbein, Erster Beigeordneter der Stadt Dormagen, Rainer Matheisen MdL, Sven Brandau (Leiter ARLANXEO-Batterieprojekt) und Andreas Bischoff (Leiter ARLANXEO-Pilotanlage, Dormagen).

20 July 2018

ARLANXEO: Austausch mit NRW-Wirtschafts-minister Pinkwart über Zukunftsthemen

Dormagen - ARLANXEO begrüßte heute erstmals Prof. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, in seiner Deutschland-Zentrale in Dormagen. Im Fokus stand der Austausch zu aktuellen Projekten im Bereich Forschung und Entwicklung sowie Digitalisierung.

Henkel provides comprehensive solutions for efficient assembly, lifetime protection and operational safety of key components in automotive e-Mobility, such as electric drive modules. (Graphic: Henkel, PR051)

19 July 2018

Henkel drives the future of e-Mobility

Düsseldorf, Germany – Building on years of experience and expertise in engine and powertrain applications, Henkel is actively investing in new technologies and products for efficient large-scale manufacturing of safe and reliable electric drive systems. Key solutions addressing the “pain points” of OEMs and tier suppliers in this segment include innovative liquid gasketing, magnet bonding, thermal management and potting products as well as a state-of-the-art impregnation service.

Electric, digital and autonomous – the automotive industry is facing disruptive changes, where advanced battery technology and electronics are going to reshape the design and manufacture of vehicles. Henkel is determined to play a decisive role in this transformation, helping customers drive the future of e-Mobility and benefit from the company's comprehensive product and service portfolio for efficient, reliable, safe and sustainable solutions across the entire manufacturing chain of components.

Next to liquid sealants, thermal interface materials, adhesives and impregnation resins for new-generation battery packs, Henkel is leveraging existing and new products and technologies for the emerging trend towards e-drive modules combining electric motor, power electronics and gearbox in one integrated e-axle unit. In addition, customers are also supported with appropriate design guidelines and recommendations for process requirements including equipment enabling automated high-volume production.

“The electrification of vehicles is gaining pace and helps automakers reduce their fleet fuel consumption and CO2 emission footprint in line with strict regulation targets,” says Frank Kerstan, Global Business Development, Powertrain & e-Mobility, Henkel. “As all major OEMs and new players in the automotive industry are launching more and more full hybrid and battery electric vehicles there is a need for seamlessly matching technologies designed to support these new drive concepts and manufacturing schemes. With our innovative adhesive solutions, we are ideally positioned as a full-service partner of customers at the forefront of e-Mobility.”

Henkel's portfolio of efficient, safe and sustainable solutions for the entire value chain of e-drives manufacturing is focused on six key application areas:

  • Liquid gasketing: Henkel offers a wide range of different gasketing technologies. Latest product innovations include Loctite AA 5820, which is especially suitable to provide a reliable seal of multi-substrates or any flange design of e-drive housings. The polyacrylate adhesive shows excellent resistance to oils, including automatic transmission fluids (ATF), and can withstand temperatures from -40°C to +150°C.
  • Potting: Another polyacrylate technology – Loctite AA 5831 – is used for protection and fixation of parts in the e-motor or in the conversion electronic control unit. The compound has an ideal fit in large-series potting operations and cures within seconds under UV light and moisture.

    For e-drive stator coil potting applications, Henkel offers the two-component epoxy technology of Loctite PE 8082 which has a thermal conductivity of 1 W/mK, resulting in a significantly reduced working temperature. In addition, it shows outstanding oil resistance.

  • PCB Technologies: Printed circuit board solutions include conformal coatings, thermal interface materials, low pressure molding products, and next generation of solder technologies for e-drive power conversion control units.
  • Impregnation Service: Henkel's Loctite Impregnation Solutions (LIS) service leverages the flowability of low-viscosity polymeric resin to fill micro-porosities and voids (“leakers”) and permanently seal components, such as aluminum cast e-drive housings, against common automotive fluids. The company operates 30 LIS Service Centers worldwide, which are fully certified to IATF 16949, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
  • Magnet bonding: Loctite EA 9497 is used for the bonding of magnets inside the e-motor. The two-component epoxy adhesive has proven its long-term reliability in this application segment, combining a wide operating temperature range of -55°C to +200°C with high mechanical strength as well as good chemical and oil resistance. With its added thermal conductivity, it also supports a more efficient thermal management.
  • Parts Cleaners and Lubricants: Henkel's range of machining products along with parts cleaners help to maintain a cleaner part through the entire process to ensure tight tolerances and reduce residues on parts, especially when used on sensitive e-drive modules

Henkel has a well-established reputation for its flexible capability of developing and tailoring specialized solutions to customer specifications. This is backed by technical test centers around the world and a strong focus on R&D and innovation. In addition, the company also maintains an extensive partner network for equipment, tools and engineering to serve a global OEM and Tier 1 customer base. The complete line of Henkel's adhesive solutions for the design and large-series production of next-generation automotive electrical drive systems underscores the company's commitment to anticipate the needs its customers for electrification.

Driving quality with Omron’s new Q2A Tailored Application Drive.
(Photo: Omron, PR049)

19 July 2018

Driving quality with Omron’s new Q2A Tailored Application Drive

Omron has released the Q2A Tailored Application Drive series. Capable of driving a wide variety of motors such as IM, SPM, IPM, DDPM and SynRM, the Q2A is easily customizable to the customer’s application. The solution combines a space- and cost-saving design with many helpful features to offer system integrators, OEMs, and end-users a high-performance yet easy-to-use drive.

Enhancing and protecting healthcare products with packaging solutions. 
(Photo: Clariant)

19 July 2018

Clariant Unveils Controlled-Atmosphere Packaging Solutions at CPhI Middle East & Africa 2018

Muttenz, July 19, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will present new products that help control moisture and prevent degradation of packaged pharmaceuticals at CPhI Middle East & Africa 2018. Clariant Healthcare Packaging is exhibiting its full range of desiccant canisters and packets, tubes and desiccant stoppers, oxygen scavengers, Advanced Desiccant Polymer (ADP®) and humidity stabilizers at Stand C25 at the trade show being held at the National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3 until 5 September 2018.

18 July 2018

Clariant expands partnership with Lintech International LLC in the United States 

Charlotte, July 18, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Lintech International, LLC to solely distribute its pigments for the plastics, coating and printing ink markets across the entire United States of America, effective August 1, 2018. The product portfolio of Clariant’s Business Unit Pigments includes organic pigments, organic dyes and pigment dispersions.

EqoBalance® from Beaulieu Yarns wins Green Product Award 2018.
(Photo: © Beaulieu International Group)

18 July 2018

EqoBalance® from Beaulieu Yarns wins Green Product Award 2018

Wielsbeke, Belgium – July 18, 2018 – Beaulieu Yarns, the global supplier of high-quality synthetic polyamide and polypropylene yarns, is the proud recipient of the Green Product Award 2018 Material category for its EqoBalance® family of “biomass-balance” yarns.

Innovative THERMOLAST® M TPE for Dental Bracket Covers. 
(Photo: © 2018 KRAIBURG TPE)

17 July 2018

Medically Compliant Thermoplastic Elastomers from KRAIBURG TPE’s THERMOLAST® M series are used to manufacture bracket covers for dental braces 

Orthodontic braces not only contribute to creating an attractive smile but also improve the dental health of those who undergo treatment. Occasionally, patients can feel discomfort caused by friction from the wires or brackets against the mouth. To avoid discomfort during treatment, manufacturers in the medical/dental field have created dental bracket covers using a THERMOLAST® compound from KRAIBURG TPE.

NKM Hungary installs Tritium fast chargers as part of strategic network rollout. From left to right: Tamas Binder (IT Operations Leader), Jeroen Jonker (General Manager Sales Europe Tritium), Szabolcs Balogh (Managing Director NKM Mobiliti), Manuel Fernandes (General Manager Operations Europe, Business Development Tritium). 
(Image courtesy Tritium, PR006)

17 July 2018

NKM National Utilities Ltd. installs Tritium fast chargers as part of strategic network rollout

Amsterdam, the Netherlands 17 July 2018: NKM Mobilitas Ltd. (Mobiliti) in Hungary recently ordered the first 12 Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast chargers from Tritium, the leading international specialist in DC charging infrastructure solutions for the electric vehicle (EV) market. The 12 Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast chargers are part of a larger roll-out of NKM's new electric car charging network across Hungary.

NKM Mobilitas Ltd. is a subsidiary of National Utilities, the state Hungarian utilities provider which supplies gas and electricity to 4.2 million households in Hungary. By the end of 2018, it plans to install 100 e-chargers, under the name of Mobiliti, across the country, in cooperation with local government and municipalities.

While the EV market in Hungary is currently small, only making up approximately 6,000 of the 3.8 million cars on the country's roads, it is growing rapidly with EV sales representing 5.1% of all new car sales in quarter one of 2018. Owners of electric cars are supported by generous subsidiaries and incentives from the Hungarian Government, including grants of up to €5,000, free car registration and reduced or free parking.

“We want to establish a network covering the whole country. Although today, it is mainly companies that are buying electric cars, 80-85 percent of the charging takes place in homes or underground parking garages. Only approximately five percent of charging points are located on autoroutes or motorways with the rest in public areas," said Szabolsc Balogh, Managing Director NKM Mobilitas Ltd.

“While all charging options are needed, fast charging corridors are essential for the EV market to really take off,” explains Jeroen Jonker, General Manager Sales Europe at Tritium. “We are pleased to have entered into this agreement with NKM Mobilitas Ltd. and excited to be working with them to electrify mobility in Hungary.”

NKM Mobilitas Ltd. turned to Tritium for chargers for fast charging along the main traffic routes. Their first orders – a total of 12 Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast chargers – were placed in quarter two of 2018. These fast chargers will be installed in strategic locations across Hungary in the second half of 2018.

“The Tritium fast chargers are strategically vital to our charging network vision,” says Balogh. “The Tritium chargers are around 25 times faster than home chargers. They were also recommended by Fortum Charge & Drive, whose software underpins our charging network. We were impressed with the Veefil-RT's small footprint and light weight – it only weighs about 170kg compared to up to 600kg for other 50kW fast-chargers. Additionally, the use of liquid cooling technology will reduce future maintenance requirements. There is no need for regular filter replacement as is common with air cooled fast chargers.”

Mobiliti is also looking into charging solutions for B2B customers, including retail networks, shopping centres, bank offices delivery businesses and transporters.

Tritium recently announced the opening of its European headquarters service centre and assembly operation in Amsterdam to support its growing European customer base. The new European headquarters will bring service, support, sales, training, and manufacturing of its EV fast-charging solutions closer to European customers. Additionally, the new Dutch office houses a state-of-the-art training and accreditation unit for technical servicing and customer support, which includes comprehensive and confidential testing facilities open to all European car manufacturers.

Clariant ColorForward 2019 Inspires Mold-Texture Specialist. 
(Photo: Clariant)

17 July 2018

Clariant ColorForward® 2019 Inspires Mold-Texture Specialist

Muttenz, July 17, 2018 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announces the completion of a collaborative project with Pel Plastic srl, an Italian company specialized in mold texturing and surface design. Inspired by the 2019 edition ColorForward, Clariant’s color trend forecasting tool, Pel Plastic decided to experiment with a radically different approach to product design.

With Nutcycle, outdoor brand Ternua partners with Archroma’s EarthColors® to create a capsule collection that reuses agricultural waste and applies it to garments, avoiding the use of artificial dyes. <a href=>Watch the video.</a>
(Photographs: Ternua)

16 July 2018

Ternua and Archroma join efforts on recycling and upcycling nutshell waste into fashion

Reinach, Switzerland, 16 July 2018 - Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals towards sustainable solutions, today announced collaboration with Ternua, an outdoor brand with a strong connection to nature.