Submitted by Henkel
DÜSSELDORF, Germany, October 2, 2023 /CSRwire/ - Henkel, a global leader in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, announced the launch of a revolutionary Battery Engineering Center within its unique Inspiration Center Duesseldorf. The opening solidifies the company`s role as a premier design and innovation partner for automotive OEMs and battery manufacturers worldwide.
The Battery Engineering Center features two high-tech facilities – a Battery Application Center which has opened in August 2023 and a Battery Test Center which will start operating in 2024. The state-of-the-art laboratories have been designed to foster collaborative development of next-generation electric vehicle (EV) battery solutions. Accommodating a team of dedicated EV battery experts, known as Henkel’s esteemed ‘Fuel the Future’ team, the Center focuses on pivotal innovation areas such as safety, sustainability, thermal management, integrated battery design, and battery cell technology.
”The Battery Engineering Center, housed inside Henkel`s 130-million-euro Inspiration Center, represents Henkel's unwavering commitment to spearheading innovation and technological advancement in the E-Mobility sector,” says George Kazantzis, Global Head of Henkel`s Automotive Components business unit. ”This cutting-edge facility enables our ‘Fuel the Future’ team to accelerate innovation by seamlessly integrating material application, full-scale battery system testing, simulation, and product development – all in-house. This enables us to significantly reduce development and launch time,” adds Dr. Olaf Lammerschop, Henkel’s Global Technology Lead for E-Mobility.
Equipped with the latest facilities and technologies for battery assembly, disassembly, material application, and advanced modeling and simulation, the Battery Engineering Center boasts advanced battery testing capabilities. These capabilities facilitate exhaustive examination of a battery pack’s performance through temperature cycling and charge and discharge processes. Crucially, the data generated is seamlessly integrated with the simulation team, ensuring a harmonious integration of real-world testing and digital modeling. This powerful synergy offers unparalleled flexibility and savings for our customers and optimizes and accelerates the design and material selection process.
”Thanks to our investment in the Battery Engineering Center, we can create a digital twin of any battery and simulate the performance of our solutions under various conditions,” explains Kazantzis. ”We validate these simulations and our models through real-life stress tests, ensuring both the reliability of our data and the efficacy of our solutions.”
Designed to handle all types of full-scale battery systems, at full pack level and confidential prototypes, the Battery Engineering Center is TISAX certified, the automotive industry’s global standard on information security assessments. In addition, Henkel has partnered with AVL, one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation and testing in the automotive industry, and in other sectors, to equip the Battery Test Center with the latest tools, equipment, and technology for full-scale battery system testing, including a climatic chamber, following the automotive industry standards. By collaborating with Atlas Copco on their powerful high-end precision and smart dosing equipment, the company has further enhanced the capabilities of the Battery Engineering Center. This enables customers to implement reliable, fast, and sustainable processes for battery assembly, running and testing all existing and innovative materials from small development scale up to series speed.
As the pioneering facility of its kind, the Battery Engineering Center in Duesseldorf represents just the beginning. Henkel plans to establish a global network of Battery Engineering Centers with upcoming locations in the United States and China. This interconnected network that will run on shared digital platforms will foster seamless cross-regional collaboration among global teams, with OEMs and battery manufactures.
About Henkel in North America
In North America, Henkel operates across its three business units: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care, and Laundry & Home Care. Its portfolio of well-known consumer and industrial brands includes Schwarzkopf® hair care, Dial® soaps, Right Guard® antiperspirants, Persil®, Purex®, and all® laundry detergents, Snuggle® fabric softeners as well as Loctite®, Technomelt® and Bonderite® adhesives. With sales of around 6 billion US dollars (5 billion euros) in 2019, North America accounts for 26 percent of the company’s global sales. Henkel employs approximately 9,000 people across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.henkel-northamerica.com, and on Twitter @Henkel_NA.
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2019, Henkel reported sales of more than 20 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of more than 3.2 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 52,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com.
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