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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
We drive powerful innovations and develop leading technologies to create more value for customers and consumers everywhere in the world, with sustainability as an integral part of our innovation and product development processes. Our innovations help reduce energy and water consumption, drive down carbon dioxide emissions and improve health and safety in the manufacture and use of objects that touch our lives every day: from automobiles and aircraft through to packaging and cell phones.
Our broad technology portfolio places us in a strong position to adapt our solutions to meet the needs of customers across diverse markets and industries. Our experts worked together with Ford to customize our Bonderite M-NT two-step process: a metal pre-treatment system that acts as a base for applying paint and protects against corrosion. Our customized technology replaces traditional zinc phosphating processes, which require laborious treatment of contaminated wastewater and disposal of sewage sludge containing phosphorus. It makes it possible for Ford to cut waste and reduce energy consumption in its processes and is suitable for use on vehicle chassis containing up to 100-percent aluminum. This opens up new possibilities for increasing the amount of lightweight metals used, reducing overall vehicle weight and cutting vehicle emissions.
We actively support customers by adapting our technologies for new applications across industries. This same Bonderite process has also been adapted to provide designer garden furniture with long-lasting protection. Fermob, a France-based manufacturer, has recently switched to using our innovative coating technology. Close collaboration with Fermob allows us to understand its specific processes and requirements, and our experts are able to leverage our uniquely broad range of technologies to develop solutions that deliver outstanding performance and improved sustainability.
Technologies from Henkel make it possible for customers to explore innovative new designs and sustainable applications. Our Loctite Purbond adhesives for bonding wood support the use of renewable materials in construction projects worldwide. Our products are used in the new Arctic observatory in Spitsbergen, Norway, which is part of a global network for researching climate change. The building uses cross-laminated timber (CLT), a wood construction product made by our partner Stora Enso, a global provider to the wood and construction industries. It is made of three or more layers of wood glued together using Henkel adhesives, and offers a positive CO2 balance and excellent durability.
Our technologies also enable Bilfinger, a leading engineering and services group, to extend the lifetime of its clients’ steel pipelines in the oil and gas industry by up to 20 years. Experts from Henkel worked with the customer to conduct collaborative innovation activities. This led to the refinement of Henkel’s advanced technologies for repairing pipes that transport gas, water, crude oil and wastewater, which reduces the need to manufacture and install replacement pipes. Our Loctite Composite Repair System has the potential for application in over 11,000 petrochemical plants and 9,000 offshore platforms worldwide.
Tangit Rapid is the first-ever solvent-free pipe adhesive for bonding pressure pipes made of PVC-U/C material that fulfill the European Standards EN 14814 and EN ISO 15493. Its unique formulation not only meets increasingly demanding chemical regulations, but has also received approval for use in drinking water pipes in several countries.
Health and safety is a key concern for our customers: As a global leader, we actively drive standards worldwide by removing critical ingredients from our products. Tangit Rapid, our new solvent-free adhesive for bonding pressure pipes made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC-U/C), such as those for drinking water, is a key example of this approach. It is the first ever solvent-free adhesive for use on drinking water pipes and offers improved reliability for professional craftsmen while also delivering best-in-class curing time and bond strength.
Our completely biostable Bonderite lubricant technologies also support our customers in ensuring the safety of their employees and processes by eliminating the need for storing and applying biocides. Rexam – a leading global beverage can maker – uses these technologies as well as a range of other solutions from Henkel to increase resource efficiency in its processes and improve safety in its plants, helping the business to meet its ambitious sustainability targets. Rexam presented Henkel with its Excellence in Supply Award in 2015. Throughout our long partnership with Rexam, we have received several awards that recognize reliability, quality and cost-effectiveness throughout value chain.
Our experts are also a strong partner in joint-engineering projects for customers like FCA US LLC, a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. A combined team of experts from both companies developed a new technology for sealing welded seams on its vehicle chassis. This eliminates excess emissions that traditional sealants produce during the paint-shop oven phase. This solution, marketed under our Teroson brand, also avoids chemicals currently under discussion and helps reduce vehicle weight. In recognition of this partnership, Henkel was presented with FCA US’s award for product-related environmental protection in 2015.
Working together with key suppliers is also an important element of our strategy. We recognize outstanding supplier performance with three annual awards in the categories of innovation, performance and sustainability. In 2015, we presented our supplier award for sustainability to Covestro Deutschland AG, formerly known as Bayer MaterialScience, a supplier of polyurethane technologies. Covestro develops materials that enable us to extend our business in adhesives for sustainable wood engineering. It is also working together with our innovation teams to develop bio-based technologies to support a range of innovative adhesives.
Alongside our high-performance products, we provide customers all over the world with advice, training and service. We maintain a continuous dialog and train them in using our technologies safely and efficiently. We use our close customer contact to strengthen customers’ awareness of sustainability and demonstrate how our innovative solutions can help them reduce their footprint and increase resource efficiency.
Our experts provide stakeholders from the food and packaging industry with insights into the current legislation and developments relating to food safety. Our Food Safe Packaging knowledge platform offers white papers, webinars, and videos in a range of languages. Henkel’s experts help ensure producers are able to offer the highest possible level of safety in their food packaging. Our commitment to sharing knowledge by interacting and collaborating with partners along the entire value chain is central to this approach.
A creative new online campaign themed around sustainability invites children, parents and teachers to learn more about the famous Pritt glue stick in a fun and interactive way. Our Pritt glue sticks contain 90 percent natural ingredients – water, potato starch and sugar – and are manufactured without solvents and PVCs. This is not only environmentally compatible; it also means these products are harmless in the hands of children.
The Henkel Sustainability#Master® below assesses Loctite GC 10 based on our value chain and six sustainability focal areas. Our innovative temperature-stable solder paste creates the electrical connection between the printed circuit board and the semiconductor components. Its game-changing formula allows it to be stored at room temperature: This removes the need for air freight and eliminates the requirement to refrigerate the solder paste during logistics and storage. In addition, its wider process window and easier handling leads to fewer end-of-line defects. The matrix covers all product category hot spots.