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Feb 14, 2019 Düsseldorf / Germany
As all major automotive OEMs and new players are rapidly launching new electric vehicle (EV) models, Henkel is leveraging its broad technology base and many years of expertise and experience to drive the transformation from traditional engines to electrified powertrains. The portfolio combines existing with new technologies to enable cost-efficient large-scale assembly and lifetime protection of battery architectures.
Strict regulatory fleet consumption and CO2 emission targets are shaping the challenges of the automotive industry. With hundreds of new EV models being designed and launched at an increasing speed, the integration and protection of batteries and electronic components play a crucial role. With a comprehensive range of technologies and deep know-how tailored to solving these new challenges, Henkel is determined to be the industry’s leading full-solutions partner, supporting its customers from design to integration.
For battery manufacturers in specific, Henkel has identified three major challenges. First, as the value per battery kWh continues to be a significant commercial challenge, materials and adhesives applied in the assembly process of hundreds to thousands of cells in the battery pack need to provide high-speed curing and short cycle times. Second, for operational safety, solutions must comply with thermal management requirements as well as the UL94 flammability standard. Finally, to ensure lifetime performance of EVs, the battery pack housing requires technologies that will allow it to be reopened.
“Our innovative adhesive products and engineering services are playing a major role in optimizing the cost-efficient assembly, operational safety and lifetime protection of battery cells,” says Frank Kerstan, Director e-Mobility & Powertrain at Henkel. “We are determined to support our customers at the forefront of e-Mobility with a seamless portfolio of technologies as well as application and process know-how for large-scale manufacturing, all available from a single source.
This is the reason why in 2019 several OEMs are launching a significant number of EV models that have been designed and assembled with Henkel technologies.”
As shown in figure 1, Henkel’s solutions and services are focused on eight integrated key technologies that combine existing with new solutions:
Henkel’s comprehensive technology portfolio for EV battery architectures anticipates the needs of OEMs and suppliers from first design and prototyping to large-scale manufacturing of cells, modules and packs. More generally, backed by strong application know-how, R&D test centers around the world and strong strategic alliances (e.g. with RLE International), Henkel is in the unique position to be a partner for its customers’ engineering teams. As such, the company is driving the future of e-Mobility by enabling the industry to solve its significant electrification challenges.
Henkel provides a comprehensive technology portfolio and application know-how for efficient assembly, operational safety and lifetime protection of battery cells, modules and pack.
Henkel enables e-Mobility with different matching technologies for power storage systems, power generation systems and power conversion components of electric vehicles.