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Henkel addresses the needs for enhanced efficiency and sustainability in aerospace composite structures at JEC World 2019.
Henkel addresses the needs for enhanced efficiency and sustainability in aerospace composite structures at JEC World 2019.

The needs for more efficient and lightweighting composite materials are growing in the aerospace industry, Henkel answers these needs with the expansion of the company’s production facilities at Montornès del Vallès in Spain and a continuing focus on innovative solutions.

Among the highlights of Henkel’s exhibit during JEC World 2019 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center from March 12 to 14, the company will present Loctite EA 9378 AERO, an innovative next-generation liquid shim material under development.

“As a gap filler for use as an integral component in primary aerospace structures, the new grade builds on the proven weight and fuel saving benefits of our broad existing portfolio of Loctite liquid shim solutions, while offering even faster curing rates at ambient temperature,” explains Alessandro D’Angelo, Head of Sales Europe for Henkel. “The material will help OEMs in the industry reduce both carbon emissions and manufacturing costs in a wide range of consolidated structural designs.”

Loctite EA 9378 AERO has been designed for structural gap filling and tolerance bridging with uniform stress distribution throughout assemblies. It exhibits controlled flow characteristics and will fill even large gaps up to 3 mm with good slump resistance, which gives designers more flexibility in compensating part tolerances.

Besides rapid curing, the new liquid shim material also offers high mechanical strength in combination with enhanced fatigue and thermal cycling resistance. Currently in its scale-up phase, the product is being sampled in the field and has already received positive feedback from selected customers.

Beyond material innovations to meet their needs, customers in aerospace expect global availability and security of supply.

“Our expanded European production facilities at Montornès del Vallès are aimed at improving the supply chain by combining state-of-the art automation technology for reliable high-volume rates with best principles of sustainability, resource-efficient production and manufacturing excellence,” says D’Angelo.

Scheduled to go on-stream in June 2019, the Montornès expansion – close to main aerospace manufacturing sites – is expected to become fully operational for aerospace products from Henkel by 2021.

In addition to the company’s liquid shim technology, further aerospace innovations on display at the JEC show will include Loctite potting compounds for honeycomb sandwich assemblies, high-quality Loctite surfacing films as well as various priming and surface treatment solutions.

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