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Henkel expands trial of Bonderite new generation coating into Ford production facility
Article Type: Industry news From: Pigment & Resin Technology. Volume 37, Issue 3.
After a successful trial, Henkel is participating in expanded testing of its new Bonderite conversion coating process in the Ford Motor Company Twin Cities manufacturing facility in St Paul, MN. Henkel's new Bonderite conversion coating process is the automotive industry's first non-phosphate conversion coating for multi-metal bodies. The technology reduces costs, improves the efficiency of vehicle assembly pre-treatment operations while reducing the environmental impact.
This new coating eliminates the problems associated with the conventional zinc-phosphate pre- treatments. It eliminates pre-treatment sludge, reduces landfill requirements and simplifies waste-water treatment. This Bonderite conversion coating is free of phosphate, VOC and CO2 equivalent emissions resulting in minimal environmental impact and is applied at room temperature reducing utilities and natural resource requirements. With this coating, the pre-treatment footprint can be reduced 20-40 percent in a Brownfield site as well as in a Greenfield operation.
“We are excited to provide the automotive industry a new option for paint pre-treatment that not only uses less energy, making it better for the environment, but lowers manufacturing costs and improves productivity by shortening the process,” said Dan Wohletz, Vice President, automotive North America, Henkel. “We're confident that this new Bonderite coating can streamline the paint pre-treatment process to create the fastest, most efficient automotive body pre-treatment application in the world.”