Henkel is among the winners of this year’s BDI Environmental Award. Dr. Ramón Bacardit, Corporate Senior Vice President Adhesive Technologies Research, accepted the award for Bonderite NT in Berlin on Monday, June 23, 2008.
At the German Industry Day 2008 of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), held in Berlin on Monday, June 23, 2008, Henkel was honored with the BDI Environmental Award in the category ‘Environmentally compatible products.’ Henkel is the world’s first company to launch a nanoceramic metal pre-treatment process – Bonderite NT – that not only achieves better quality than the traditional iron-phosphating method, but also offers considerable benefits in terms of ecology and economy.
“The jury was particularly impressed by the emphasis Henkel put on resource conservation, energy efficiency and eco-friendly waste disposal, which were prime development objectives from the outset,” explained BDI Director General Dr. Werner Schnappauf at the awards ceremony. In fact, the Bonderite NT coating process runs at room temperature, whereas traditional processes require a working temperature of up to 60°C. Taken as a whole, the use of Bonderite NT permits significant energy savings.
The costs for wastewater treatment, disposal, and plant cleaning and maintenance are also greatly reduced, since Bonderite NT contains no phosphate or toxic heavy metals. All of this comes on top of convincing product performance: Bonderite NT delivers significantly better corrosion protection and paint adhesion than traditional iron-phosphating.
“With Bonderite NT we have created a truly innovative technology platform for treating metal prior to painting,” said Dr. Ramón Bacardit, Corporate Senior Vice President Adhesive Technologies Research, who received the award. “Bonderite NT replaces iron-phosphating, the standard process which has remained virtually unchanged for about a century, and TecTalis, the next Bonderite generation, is poised to displace the high-end zinc-phosphating process.”
The winners of the BDI Environmental Award automatically qualify to compete for the European Environmental Award. They are chosen by a jury composed of leading personalities from industry, science, politics and environmental organizations. This is preceded by a technical assessment of the submitted entries by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (SIS) in Karlsruhe.
At the BDI German Industry Day 2008 in Berlin, industry representatives and politicians, including Federal President Horst Köhler and Minister of Economics Michael Glos, discussed future challenges and opportunities. The Federation of German Industries has been representing the interests of German industry for almost 60 years. The BDI coordinates the views and recommendations of its members. It provides information covering all fields of economic policy. The BDI thus supplies support for businesses in the task of keeping pace with the intensive competition resulting from globalization. With its 38 member associations, it represents the interests of over 100,000 companies with over 8 million employees.
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA Head of Corporate Communications Ernst Primosch, Corporate Vice President