Your reputation depends on being better—lighter, faster, stronger, and more reliable—than your competition. As the global leader in adhesives, sealants, and functional coating technologies for the automotive industry, we can help you get there. We create a competitive advantage for our customers along the entire manufacturing value chain. Have a challenge for us? We can partner with you from the start of your process to ensure we understand your needs and deliver tailored solutions you can rely on. That’s why premium automotive brands, OEMs, and garages trust us to help solve their challenges—no matter how large or small.
Automotive Manufacturing Areas of Application
Henkel’s comprehensive product line for body in white (BIW) frames simplifies complex manufacturing processes and helps design smart, multi-substrate BIW vehicle structures. Our BIW range includes products for optimized NVH properties, corrosion protection, paint adhesion, paint shop anti-chip (underbody) coating, seam sealing and structural reinforcement.
A car’s exterior appearance makes it stand out from other models while still reflecting the corporate brand. It needs to be aerodynamic to boost efficiency and provide protection for both passengers and internal components from the elements.
Plastic body panels and bumpers can reduce weight but need special adhesives and sealants to keep them fixed securely in place. Windshields, mirrors, and headlights need to be securely bonded and sealed.
Our automotive exterior solutions offer strong support: They hold headlamps, roof systems, fascia, front end modules, carbon and glass-fiber components, windshields and glasses in place. Our non-toxic adhesives for plastic bonding meet safety and health requirements. Our advanced primers and adhesives deliver the strongest bonds for automotive mirrors and windshields.
Automotive Exterior Applications
- Car mirror bonding
- Plastic bonding
- Headlamp bonding and sealing
- Tailgate, bumper, spoiler bonding
- Coating and flocking of sealsystems such as door profiles
- Glass bonding
- LOCTITE Rearview Mirror Adhesive
- TEROSON and TECHNOMELT Headlamp Bonding Adhesives
- TEROSON elastic bonding and sealants
- LOCTITE plastic bonding
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At Henkel, we deliver total solutions to the automotive industry which not only respond to the current market, but drive superior performance and high-reliability. We enable e-Mobility in various areas of an hybrid or electric vehicle by providing different technologies for power storage systems as batteries, power generation and power conversion components. Our latest automotive electronic material innovations facilitate the manufacture of high-energy density, lightweight Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries and their related sub-systems, which are key to enabling the longer ranges and performance expectations of today’s plug-in hybrid electric and electric vehicles.
A car’s chassis connects and supports all the vehicle’s components and systems, from wheels and body to suspension and powertrain. The chassis carries a lot of responsibility for guaranteeing that the vehicle performs correctly and safely, so manufacturers must ensure their chassis design and construction is extremely durable.
And regardless of the type of chassis frame – ladder, X-type, off-set – it needs to be as light as possible to keep fuel consumption down. Our range of chassis manufacture and maintenance solutions ensures that vehicle chassis are manufactured to the highest standards. They support materials such as metal, carbon or glass fibre reinforced plastics fiberglass, and boast outstanding corrosion protection performance in filiform and CASS tests.
We offer lubricants and cleaners for metal forming, so casting, forging and maching processes. And our composite matrix resins are perfect for lightweight carbon and glass-fiber reinforced plastic structures such as springs, leaf springs and wheels.
- Lightweight construction
- Composite wheels
- Composite springs
- Corrosion protection of aluminum wheels
- Corrosion protection of lightweight frames
- Loctite MAX 2 Composite Matrix Resin
- Loctite MAX 5 Composite Matrix Resin
- Bonderite M-NT 2040 pre-treatment of aluminum chassis parts
- Bonderite M-NT 4595 alloy wheel pre-treatment
- Bonderite M-NT 1200 steel wheel pre-treatment
- Metal forming and metal removal lubricants, cleaners and mold releases
Automotive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units are essential to the comfort of drivers and passengers, and to the vehicle’s overall performance. From the control panel on the dashboard to the compressor or heater, all systems must be robust. They need to withstand the vehicle’s punishing environment and deliver reliable operation.
OEMs request HVAC systems to be light, with increased cooling efficiency and economy while reducing noise levels. Henkel helps you achieve excellent results when designing, manufacturing and implementing HVAC units. State-of-the-art coatings for evaporator cores provide corrosion protection and decrease unpleasant odors inside the vehicle.
HVAC sealants, including radiator sealants, keep components such as radiator headers in place. Our acoustic insulation improves noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) behavior. And when replacing HVAC parts, like tube joints, our bonding products get the job done.
- Tube joints
- Improving noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) behavior
- Evaporator core
No matter your challenge, when it comes to a vehicle's interior, Henkel has you covered. Our TECHNOMELT and AQUENCE range of adhesives is ideal for laminating and bonding all types of interior components including door panels, displays, dashboards, headliners, cockpit and instrument panels as well as seat trim. For structural and flexible bonding of interior components, our TEROSON product series offers solutions for a wide variety of materials, including metals, plastics, glass and textiles. We offer solutions for corrosion protection, coating, weight reduction, cleaning and lubrication, too. And, when efficiency is critical, you can leverage our range of high-specification application equipment.
The powertrain of a car covers all the components that generate power and transfer it to the road. That includes the engine, the transmission, differential and the driveshaft. In hybrid and electric vehicles, the propulsion system also includes the battery, electric drive system and control electronics.
All these different components need to be securely connected and sealed to ensure the efficient operation of the vehicle and prevent leaks. Amongst its wide range of products for automotive powertrains, Henkel provides solutions for sealing engine blocks and cylinder heads, transmission housings, electric drive motor sealing, battery pack sealing, water pumps and oil pans. We also offer a service for porosity sealing of aluminum casted powertrain parts, such an engine blocks, transmission housings and battery pack housings.
In addition to it we also provide solutions for all stages of powertrain manufacture from forming to machining to assembly including lubricants for forming and machining, cleaning products, liquid sealants and adhesives.
Automotive Manufacturing Types of Application
When building the bodywork of a vehicle, automotive body shops have to deal with a wide variety of challenges. They need reliable, easy to assemble solutions that also minimize weight, noise and vibration.
Bodywork needs to be properly cleaned, securely bonded and effectively insulated to ensure a safe and comfortable driving experience. Henkel continually develops solutions for automotive body shops from metal glues, cleaners, and surface treatments to automotive sealants, to meet these challenges, now and in the future.
Replacing metal parts, composite components can reduce component weight, improving fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions in all types of vehicle. Both resin transfer molding (RTM) and composite part assembly require high grade composite solutions. The best composites also ensure automotive designers and manufacturers can rely on safe and controllable processes with environmental-friendly chemistry.
Henkel composite solutions deliver the highest quality while helping to reduce weight and costs. They can also shorten cycle times and eliminate the need for pre-treatment for painting and adhesives. Suitable for automotive mass production due to short injection and curing times, our products support you across the complete RTM process and the assembly of composite parts.
Our Loctite MAX composite matrix resin solutions are specifically designed for RTM with glass or carbon fibers, enabling short cycle times suitable for automotive mass production. And for multi-substrate bonding and composite assembly, our Loctite and Teroson composite adhesive portfolio provide the ideal solution.
Gaskets prevent leakage of fluids or gases by completely filling the space between the flange surfaces. To ensure the seal remains intact and leak-free, the gasket has to be resistant to the fluid or gas it is sealing. It must also withstand the joint’s application temperature, pressure and any micromovement.
Liquid, formed-in-place (FIP) sealants provide car designers and manufacturers with a much better alternative to solid gaskets for automotive systems. Our solutions provide total contact between the two faces, and a durable seal for all types of flange geometries. In addition, they eliminate the extreme compressive loading needed by traditional gaskets, seals surface imperfections and adds structural strength.
Henkel FIP sealants, such as Loctite 5188, LOCTITE 5810 and LOCTITE silicone 5970, support fully automated robotic dispensing, screen and stencil printing systems. They can be applied to both horizontal and vertical flange faces, and effectively reduce any seal gap thereby minimizing hydrocarbon emissions. They also enable metal-to-metal contact so tolerances can be more accurately maintained.
LOCTITE 5884 is a high performance cured-in-place (CIP) gasket designed to withstand modern powertrain conditions. This polyacrylate is has an excellent oil resistance on transmission fluids and engine oils and can be cured within seconds at room temperature.
Well-Received Henkel Car Paint Shop Products
A car paint shop is facing multiple challenges: From cleaning to acoustics and sound insulation, from coating to glazing. Here at Henkel, we build our product lines on continuing interaction with the world‘s most important vehicle manufacturers. That‘s why we know the needs and challenges first-hand!
Henkel‘s state-of-the-art research and development department responds – with effective products. Get advice and find solutions: From paint shop sealants over acoustic and surface treatments to chemical specialties for maintenance and repair – Henkel gets the job done!
Henkel Car Paint Shop Solutions: Strong and Innovative
Any car paint shop benefits from Henkel products: The thorough cleaners prepare the vehicle. Next, a variety of challenges can be tackled with multi-substrate conversion coatings, anti-corrosion coatings and the next generation of paint sealants. Easily applied NVH materials like liquid sound deadeners (LASD) and high dampening foams (HDF) make all the difference to the driver: They result in significantly reduced noise and vibration – for smoother rides!
Benefits of Henkel Car Paint Shop Solutions
- Our range of products meets all automotive industry and regulatory standards for performance, efficiency, sustainability and value
- State-of-the-art applications support light-weight vehicle design and flexibility
- Long-term vehicle appearance and performance are ensured
- Process time and complexity, energy and waste for production and maintenance are significantly reduced – good for manufacturers and the environment
Henkel Metal Stamping Shop and Press Works for Your Factory
Metal stamping, cutting and metal forming operations are of crucial importance when it comes to vehicle manufacturing and automotive maintenance. Henkel‘s state-of-the-art metal cleaning and lubrication products ensure precise performance and efficiency. Our range supports the superior cutting and forming of ferrous, non-ferrous, stainless and aluminum alloys. Henkel products also include anti-seize, machining, maintenance and rust prevention solutions and bulk deformation support.
Henkel is your reliable, experienced partner for the tough jobs: We know workshop situations in vehicle manufacture from close partnerships with some of the world‘s most successful brands. That‘s why everything from our cleaners to our cutting oils work – and gets the job done!
Solutions from A to Z - from Henkel‘s Metal Stamping Shop
There‘s a variety of Henkel solutions to your challenges in automotive stamping: Our strong applications range from neutral cleaners, corrosion preventatives, gear marking and maintenance cleaners to provide a clean base.
Then our stamping and cutting fluids enter the stage. They come in various chemical formulas including straight oils, emulsions, synthetics and dry films.
Benefits of Henkel‘s Metal Stamping Shop Solutions
- Improved metal stamping, cutting, grinding, tool and die life
- Sustainable synthetic/non-synthetic and bio-resistant lubricant formulations
- Technologies and applications include in-process, short-term anti-corrosion *Please check if this is correct fact-wise as the original point phrased under ‘Benefits‘ is hard to understand
- Flexible applications that work reliably under various process conditions
- Better stability and performance
- Superior product life
- Safety-Health-Environmental (SHE) approved materials - for improved work environments
Vacuum impregnation enables metal and electronics parts of vehicles to be fully sealed against fluids, gases and other external influences and ensures they are ready for just-in-time assembly. After impregnation all parts are clean, free of corrosion or oxidation, and are ready for use without post-treatment.Loctite vacuum impregnation solutions provide resins that cure to an impermeable thermoset polymer. This makes it possible to permanently seal pores or leakpaths to enable quality lightweight, thin-walled die-casted parts or electronic components.
Henkel’s complete Loctite Impregnation Solutions (LIS) offers impregnation resins, systems and a customized service through both external or on-site impregnation service centers. Through LIS, Henkel offers the automotive industry a one-of-a-kind, fully automated impregnation system, and its high-tech resins deliver consistent quality and unmatched sealing performance. With this we enable our customers to meet in full their process needs and the associated industry challenges.
Technologies for Automotive Manufacturing
Cars are built to last. Keeping individual components firmly bonded for the lifetime of the vehicle requires adhesives that will provide strong, long-lasting bonds. Adhesives are used throughout the car with different formulas needed to match each component type, from glass, rubber and electronics to chassis, powertrain and bodywork. To cover all your automotive adhesive requirements, you need support from a broad portfolio of high quality industrial bonding adhesives. Whatever your application, our formulas ensure you have the right automotive adhesive to keep your components securely bonded for the lifetime of the vehicle.
Our offering includes instant and magnetic bonding, threadlocking and sealing, interior lamination solutions, and more. Among them are urethane adhesives, epoxy glues, and tape and foam adhesives.
- Magnetic bonding
- Threadlocking and sealing
- Interior lamination
Automotive Adhesive Products
- Loctite 5025A potting and sealing material
- Teroson MS Series elastic sealing, bonding and coating
- Technomelt PUR 9720 and XPO 1050, next generation lamination adhesives for interior trim parts
Whether in private cars or commercial vehicles, good acoustic properties are an important factor towards driving comfort. From the chassis, including frames and suspension components, through body cavities, to the roof, all automotive parts and structures can contribute to the acoustic integrity of the vehicle.
Therefore, proper sound deadening materials and structural reinforcement need to be part of every car’s design. Henkel offers a broad portfolio of acoustic foam and formulas for the BIW. Our state-of-the-art sound and vibration damping technologies, make doors, roofs and other automotive structures ever-so quiet! What’s more, our parts are individually designed to block automotive body cavities.
We help you meet your challenges in acoustics with parts, baffles and pillar fillers, acoustic damping patches, and acoustic foams. We also support structural work with parts, tapes, patches and foams, and even heat cure adhesives for improved stiffness and crashworthiness.
- Automotive sound deadening material
- Vibration damping material
Automotive Acoustics Products
- NVH high expanding tapes
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In manufacturing and repair facilities alike, industrial-strength cleaner products are crucial. Each piece is a difference shape: from the flat and curved vehicle body structure, engine, transmission and chassis – every surface and component needs to be completely clean and free from dirt, oil and grease prior to the next step in the process.
Part processing or application can be negatively affected by grease, grime, oil and dirt residues. Seemingly small and insignificant particles all too readily can build up to interfere with the proper performance of pretreatment, adhesives, lubricants, coatings, etc. Our portfolio of automotive cleaners and degreasers give the best results for any and all steps of production and upkeep.
When you need first-class cleaning results in inter-operational, sub-assembly, or as the final step, our technology offerings cover a huge variety of organic, acid, pH neutral and alkaline cleaners, aqueous automotive degreasers, paint-line automotive cleaners, purge solvents, varnish removers, waterborne purge and non-chlorinated cleaners.
- Aluminium equipment with high cleaning demands
- Room temperature application on ferrous and non-ferrous alloys
- Cleaning and corrosion protection in one step
- Long bath life time
- High cleaning efficiency at low temperature in hard water
- No foaming at high spray pressure
- Suitable for wide temperature ranges
Automotive Cleaning Products
- Bonderite C-AK alkaline product range
- Bonderite C-IC acid cleaner product range
- Bonderite C-NE neutral cleaner range
- Bonderite C-MC maintenance cleaner range
- Loctite cleaner
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Automobiles are made up of many components of different materials such as steel, cast iron, aluminum, magnesium and plastic. All these components need to be manufactured and assembled to build a complete vehicle. And each of the manufacturing processes, from casting and forging to stamping and machining, need strong and sustainable lubricants to keep the equipment operating smoothly and deliver high quality components.
Whatever your lubrication challenge, Henkel’s range of professional, innovative, long-lasting, OEM-approved solutions will get the job done! For example, our BONDERITE metalworking fluid range has the right formulation for all types of machining processes and metals. For low pressure molding, TECHNOMELT offers a viable and streamlined alternative to traditional potting processes that delivers a single material, easy-to-use process with fast cure times. Our BONDERITE high pressure die casting lubricants provide superior release and lubrication at extremely effectively cost-effective dilution ratios. In the most extreme forging conditions of temperature and material movement, using BONDERITE lubricants result in providing high die life, low reject rates and an overall reliable operation. And when it comes to putting all the parts together, our LOCTITE welding solutions reduce weld spatter on unpainted metal.
- Lubrication of machining, grinding, casting, forging, stamping and forming process operations
- Low-pressure moulding
- Welding anti-spatter protection
- BONDERITE process lubricants
- TECHNOMELT low-pressure moulding
- LOCTITE SF 7900 series protective coatings for welding
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Protecting the passengers means limiting the transfer of noise, vibration, moisture, dust and gases into the passenger compartment. For the car, underbody sealants protect against corrosion and stone chips while anti-flutter and hem flange sealants help reduce vibration and noise in flanges and reinforced joints.
Providing better acoustic performance and reduced weight in comparison to bitumen sound deadeners, Henkel’s Teroson Liquid Applied Sound Deadeners (LASD) provide increased comfort by reducing noise and vibrations in the passenger compartment.
For protecting the car underbody against corrosion and stone-chips, Henkel offers a range of Teroson coatings based on PVC plastisols than can be cured quickly at high temperatures.
- Passenger compartment acoustic dampening and seals
- Underbody corrosion and stone-chip protection
- Flange and gasket sealing
- Seam Seeling
- Antiflutter sealing
- Teroson liquid-applied sound deadeners
- Teroson underbody coatings
- Loctite flange and gasket adhesives
Our surface technology solutions are used to clean, coat and seal metal and multi-substrate surfaces to protect against corrosion and to improve the adhesion of paint on car bodies.
Automotive designers and manufacturers are faced with challenges such as lightweight construction, process cost reduction and increasing sustainability, all while delivering high quality performance products.
We offer a full range of surface treatment processes,highest quality products and equipment. From the interior to the exterior, from the chassis to the body in white, Henkel solutions are highly reliable, eco-conscious and in compliance with worker safety regulations. Our products are globally available and certified by all major OEMs.