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German chemical company Henkel opens composites test center in Kanagawa, Japan

| Kanagawa News, Manufacturing and Production, News | 07/29/2017

Henkel opens composites test center in Japan

Date: July 24, 2017
Source: CompositesWorld By JEFF SLOAN

The Henkel Composite Lab, in Isogo-ku, will allow automotive suppliers to develop and test production-ready composite materials and manufacturing processes.

Henkel Corp. (Düsseldorf, Germany) has opened a new test facility for composites in Japan. The Composite Lab in Isogo-ku, Yokohama, will allow automotive customers from across Asia to team up with Henkel experts to develop and test composite parts, and to establish the best process conditions to help make ideas ready for market.

At the Composite Lab, automotive customers can work with Henkel experts to develop and test composite parts, and also optimize series production process conditions. They can carry out trials with different test molds on Henkel’s own high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) equipment. The HP-RTM machine includes a 380-ton press for trials close to series production conditions. Henkel also opened a Composite Lab in Heidelberg, Germany, last year.

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