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Accelerating the transition to E-Mobility

Driven by climate concerns and a worldwide legislative push, the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) has been on the rise and is expected to continue to grow significantly in the next decades. Despite the compelling advantages of EVs, a successful mass-market adoption requires OEMs and battery manufacturers to address a range of end-consumer concerns such as cost, range anxiety, reliability and passenger safety. These concerns are part of an even wider and complex range of engineering and commercial challenges along the path towards zero-emission electric mobility.

The heart of any vehicle is its powertrain, and while internal combustion engines (ICEs) have decades of research and development behind them, electric powertrains are comparatively new. The architecture of an EV powertrain can be understood by distinguishing between three major systems: the Battery system, the Electric Drive system, and the Power Conversion system. Key engineering challenges across EV powertrain components include efficient thermal management, passenger safety, and reliable lifetime performance. From a commercial perspective, the key challenge is achieving price parity between EVs and conventional ICE vehicles.

Comprehensive Portfolio of Material Solutions for EV Components

As a longtime trusted partner to the Automotive industry, and utilizing our strong knowhow and innovation capabilities, we collaborate closely with OEMs, battery manufacturers and Tier suppliers to innovate new E-Mobility solutions that solve the industry’s most pressing challenges and enable the next generation of EV design and production. Our ever-growing solution portfolio is specifically tailored for the Battery, Power Conversion, and E-Drive systems of the EV.

Key technologies include:

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Henkel as a Leading E-Mobility Partner

Battery Application Engineering Center

Located in Düsseldorf, Germany, the Battery Application Engineering Center is Henkel’s global innovation hub for E-Mobility applications. It is home to our global team of Battery system experts, where they research and develop future-oriented innovative E-Mobility solutions, with a focus on battery safety, battery recycling, integrated battery designs and battery cell technologies. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment for dispensing, testing and simulation, it provides the perfect environment for our teams to collaborate with OEMs and Battery manufacturers on next-generation EV battery designs and material solutions.

Global Footprint and Engineering Support

With decades of experience in the automotive industry, we have a strong global team of technical experts who support and collaborate with our customers wherever they are, thanks to our global presence and state-of-the-art facilities. As a comprehensive solution provider, our support to customers extends far beyond the development and delivery of products; we provide world-class engineering support to enable our customers to develop and optimize their application processes and achieve their efficiency, sustainability and cost saving targets.  Moreover, we provide equipment support directly with our Sonderhoff brand, as well as through our global network of dispensing equipment suppliers.

Sustainability 

At Henkel, sustainability has been part of our DNA since our foundation. In recent years, we have been making rapid progress on all fronts, aiming to reach our bold ambition of climate positivity by 2030. In light of that, we are committed to using non-hazardous and environmentally friendly materials in our solutions. In addition, our solutions are optimized for automated applications, leading to savings in energy and waste due to high accuracy and efficiency. Moreover, we ensure that our solutions are designed to meet both, our own, and our customers’ sustainability goals and enable circularity and recyclability of the final products.

Impactful Partnerships

Understanding the dynamism and fast pace of the E-Mobility industry, we are always seeking impactful partnerships and alliances to strengthen our innovation capabilities and enable us to accelerate the speed at which we develop and bring our products to the market. For example, we have partnered with the RWTH Aachen University’s Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM Motion GmbH) to collaborate on future-oriented research projects focused on EV battery systems. Moreover, we’re part of several alliances such as The Mobility Alliance with RLE International as well as the Catena-X automotive network and the Global Battery Alliance.

Discover how Henkel is Driving the Future of Mobility

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