Aluminum plays a vital role in today’s automotive manufacturing environment. As well as being half the weight of steel, its thermal and electrical conductivity increase recyclability and provide outstanding corrosion resistance, further optimizing internal combustion engine vehicles, and driving growth of the electric vehicle market.

At SURCAR 2021, a leading global event for the world’s car body finishing industry, held from Sept. 28-29, in Detroit, MI, Henkel will deliver two presentations on the breakthrough technologies that are helping optimize aluminum applications in bodywork and EV battery manufacturing.

In conjunction with Ford Motor Company on Sept. 28, Henkel will describe the successful metal pre-treatment techniques that the companies first pioneered together for application on the 2015 all-aluminum Ford F-150. Titled “Practical Application & Robust Benefits of Next Generation Metal Pretreatment for High Aluminum Vehicle Bodies,” David George, surface treatment technical manager at Henkel and Edis Kapic, paint materials development and release supervisor, Ford VOME Global Paint Engineering, will review the evolution of zirconium oxide-based chemistry in the metal pretreatment process.

Formulated for enhanced corrosion protection and paint adhesion on vehicle bodies with up to 100 percent aluminum, Ford has successfully implemented the conversion coating chemistry as part of Henkel’s BONDERITEThin Film Process on several all-aluminum vehicle lines, including the Expedition, Navigator and F-150.

This joint presentation will also discuss the significant business and environmental advantages of the process. Moreover, the significantly improved corrosion performance allows for potential consumer benefits, such as extended cosmetic warranties.

On Sept. 29,  Dr. Stephan Winkels, VP surface treatment, cleaners & lubricants at Henkel, will discuss “Coatings Enabling Automotive State of the Art Battery Construction.” Dr. Winkels will describe how coatings help to facilitate aluminum battery housing and cell construction to the highest safety standards.

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