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We are looking for creative ideas for new products or solutions for existing challenges. Join our program and put your technological know-how into practice.
Henkel is known for its innovative Laundry and Home Care products. We want to guarantee our consumers the best product quality. For this reason we develop our products in cooperation with our partners, worldwide. In our initiative, the Henkel Innovation Partnerships Program (HIPP), we tell you what we are looking for, which technical problems we have and would like to solve, with your help. Do you have a technical solution to our formulation, packaging or process challenges? We are looking for the best partners having a solution to our challenges.
We are searching for solutions to our technical challenges for the business area Laundry and Home Care in product formulation, packaging and process development issues.
We are constantly working in order to improve our Laundry and Home Care products because we always want to guarantee our consumers the best product quality and offer them the most innovative solutions. We therefore welcome partners helping us to achieve our targets and solve the technological and scientific challenges.
Skin fat is deposited on all skin-near textiles. As it is quasi-solid at low temperatures, it is hard to remove in cold water. With the growing urge to reduce washing temperatures due to new fibers and in order to save energy, time and money, we want to identify new approaches towards better and more effective removal of solid fats at low temperatures without the need for a pretreatment.
LAS (linear alkylbenzene sulphonate) is the most important surfactant used in today's laundry detergents. Due to depletion of oil reservoirs, high volatility of oil prices and increasing sustainability awareness surfactants alternatives to LAS, e. g. based on renewable feedstocks are of high interest.
Bleach is one of the major contributors for stain removal in solid laundry detergents. It is desired to incorporate bleach (active oxygen) in liquid detergent formulations. The challenge is the combination with enzymes in such formulations to avoid bleach decomposition and destruction of enzymes at the same time. Sought after is a method to stabilize H2O2 or active oxygen precursors in a liquid detergent environment containing surfactants and ensure compatibility with enzymes.
Burnt-in soil is very hard to remove in automatic dishwashing applications. We are interested in identifying new approaches towards improved cleaning performance on burnt-in soils. Typically, burnt-in soils contain proteins, carbohydrates, Maillard reaction products thereof and fats. They occur for example in/during meals "au gratin", scrambled eggs, baking of cakes or roasting of meat. Usually, cookware (pans, casseroles) made from glass, metal or ceramics is affected.
Visual support as a performance indicator of cleaners is important evidence for consumers, visualizing the initiation or the completion of the cleaning process. We are looking for substances which lead to color change or clouding when applying the cleaner formulation, e. g. several minutes after spraying onto a surface (preferred under acidic conditions) or when added to the water in the bucket.
The most common enzyme in detergent formulations is protease. In order to maintain the activity level of the protease also during long-term storage of the detergent, protease stabilizers such as boric acid are used.
We are looking for alternative substances capable of stabilizing protease on the same level or even better.
Once the consumer has chosen a product with a pleasant smell for laundry or home care he wants to enjoy this scent as long as possible or even when he puts on his clothes next time. So we are interested in technologies to extend the time period of scent perception, i. e. to achieve long lastingness. One approach could be fragrance precursors, i. e. molecules which are not volatile but release the volatile fragrance upon use or through interaction with an external trigger.
A cost-effective way to manufacture liquid products might be a continuous process. Such Conti Processes (similar to a tube reactor / all raw materials are dosed continuously and exactly according to the recipe into the reactor) are state-of-the-art and have reached a high technological standard – as far as all ingredients are liquid (pure liquids, dissolutions, dispersions).
We are searching for a technical solution to dose powder raw materials to such conti processes, respecting high dosing accuracy and an air-free introduction.
Aqueous Dispersions of Esterquats (cationic surfactants) are well known as basis for fabric softeners.
In order to improve flow behavior as well as stability of such kind of formulations we are searching for cost-effective thickening agents which can be used in a pH range from 2 to 4.
Viscous products can only be produced with a lot of air inside and their degassing runs very slowly. This is a big disadvantage for the filling line with regard to storage capacity and throughput.
We are interested in technologies which can reduce or avoid the air input and in new and efficient degassing systems.
For both the protection of Henkel and our partners only those companies or institutes will have access to the full details of our open challenges having signed a confidentiality agreement and thus accepting the legal terms and conditions.
What does this mean for you?
One of Henkel’s goals is to further strengthen its position in the years to come as the “Innovation Leader” in its global markets. One of your goals may be to put your technological know-how into practice. If you can help us solve our product formulations-, packaging or processing technologies-challenges, Henkel will be interested in talking to you further. Depending on the challenge and the solution offered, collaboration with Henkel could proceed in one of the two ways:
Please fill out our contact form to register.
After sending back the signed non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to us we will provide you with the login data and more details in the protected area for registered partners.
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The submitted solutions will be reviewed and evaluated according to the following criteria:
The deciding factor is whether Henkel considers that the utilization or further elaboration of the proposed solution has the potential for success.
The examination and evaluation process may take several months, so please be patient.
Once the examination and evaluation process has been completed, we will notify you of the results. In some cases we may have to request more information from you in order to complete the evaluation.