Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New Metal Pretreatment Technology from Henkel helps Ford

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The partnership between the Ford Motor Company and Henkel Corporation led to the development of the first production vehicle that did not undergo the usual coating process. The new production vehicle did go through a non-phosphate Bonderite conversion coating process which is a new technology developed by Henkel Corporation.

The use of the said technology resulted to lowered production costs and made the vehicle assembly paint pretreatment operations more efficient. The process is label also because of lower quantities of harmful gases during the manufacturing process. The innovation opens the way for a clean treatment of metals, not only by the automotive industry, but other sectors as well as employees.

Michael Vandelinder, chief engineer for Ford Motor Company Paint Engineering team, explains that the new treatment is helpful for Ford's innovation. He says: "This new technology helps pretreatment Henkel Fordlead the industry in innovation while reducing operating costs and minimizing the environmental impact of our manufacturing processes." Vandelinder also added that they will "continue to develop, validate, and launch materials and processes that deliver value to our customers through technology." The statement issued is based on the fact that the Bonderite coating process in addition to reducing waste also reduces volatile organics compounds and carbon dioxide emission during the process of manufacturing.

On the part of Henkel Corporation, Dan Wohletz, the vice president for automotive in North America has this to say: "This innovation is a result of Henkel's commitment to deliver revolutionary technologies to valued customers like Ford." The vice president further added that "this is another example of a Henkel innovation that enhances our leadership in the metal pretreatment industry."

Indeed, the innovation has reaffirmed the corporation at the top of its class. With the constant effort to improve the technology currently used, the company will certainly raise the bar for excellence in their field over and over again. As of now it seems that the company has no intention of slowing down, has in its efforts to develop better processes and products.

Henkel is the largest company when it comes to adhesives, sealants and surface treatments for automotive maintenance. The company is known for its extensive background informationindustry as EBC pads are known for their high quality and superior performance in braking. They offer a complete range of solutions for the entire vehicle development process. The company has expertise in metal pre-treatment on all areas of the production process of a car as the bodywork, interior, chassis, electronics and powertrain. Henkel also offers a variety of brands that are very helpful in the automotive sector. Brands such as Loctite,Teroson, Autophoretic, Frekote, Multan and Bonderite are under the Henkel Group.

The company also uses the other is the industry than the automotive industry. Henkel also has a personal interest in electronics, aerospace, metal, durable goods, consumer goods, maintenance and repair, and packaging industries.

The partnership between the two companies will certainly not stop with the development of coating Bonderite non-phosphate conversion. Continuationdevelopment in this field will greatly reduce or even eliminate the amount of greenhouse gases produced during the manufacturing process of a car. While the development of the new technology will be of great help in protecting the environment, that innovation alone cannot entirely save the deterioration of the environment due to harmful gasses. More environmentally friendly processes must be developed in order to significantly reduce the amount of hazardous gases being released into the atmosphere.

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