07/03/2007, Düsseldorf / Germany

 

Henkel Expands Lab Facilities in European Technical Headquarters for Electronics

In keeping with its promise to provide customers with next generation materials development and compatibility testing, the electronics group of Henkel has completed the expansion of its state-of-the-art R&D and Applications laboratory in the company’s Hemel Hempstead facility in the United Kingdom.

Though officially opened in the first quarter of 2006, the recent investment in the 225 square meter facility has allowed for additional development and testing capabilities and a complete remodel, rendering the laboratory one of the most modern and technically advanced materials development centers in the world.  New capabilities include advanced conformal coating development tools including various automated selective dispensing applicators, as well as expanded materials compatibility testing capabilities. When combined, these resources not only facilitate industry standard and customer-specific qualifications, but also allow for the assessment of potential conformal coating and flux interactions.

Consistent with Henkel’s approach in the company’s other global R&D and Applications centers, technical research and development teams are paired with applications teams to provide synergistic materials formulation and products with outstanding in-field performance.  This shared expertise enables the coordination of customer projects, streamlines product introductions, allows for the building and testing of parts for customers and speeds time-to-market for new product introductions. 

Extensive efforts have been put forth to ensure that the new lab is a future-proof as possible, with advanced production and analytical equipment that allows the development teams to adapt to the ever changing market requirements.  The lab is equipped with a complete production line for printed circuit board (PCB) assembly and the latest testing equipment, giving Henkel technical specialists the unique ability to study material behavior in-process, thus facilitating the development of proven, tested and guaranteed compatible materials.  Lab equipment in the European technical headquarters includes advanced screen printers, reflow ovens, solder paste deposition measurement systems, superior X-ray equipment, wave soldering systems as well as advanced analytical, microscopy and metallurgical tools.

“In order to develop materials that work effectively, it is imperative to understand how materials perform in-process, in-package and in concert with the other materials with which interactions may occur, “says Patrick Trippel, president, the electronics group of Henkel.  “Henkel is the only materials supplier that takes such a complete approach and this latest resource commitment to our Hemel Hempstead lab facilities further illustrates our dedication to manufacturing products that really work – the first time!”

About the electronics business of Henkel
Henkel is one of the world’s leading and most progressive providers of qualified, compatible material sets for semiconductor packaging, board level assembly and advanced soldering solutions. Through its Hysol, Loctite and Multicore brands, and its global customer support infrastructure, the electronics group of Henkel delivers world-class materials products, process expertise and total solutions across the board to enable tomorrow’s electronics industry.