Henkel has opened a new composite lab in Heidelberg, Germany for automotive end users.

The lab will make it possible for end users and the company to develop and test composite parts and to work out the best production process condition to make their ideas market-ready.

According to Henkel, Automotive OEMs and Tier-1s are seeking cost-effective processes suitable for production of more than 10,000 parts per year. They also want custom-formulated, fast-curing resins for use in short production cycles. In the lab, manufacturers can run trials using high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) equipment. The HP-RTM machine includes a 380 tons press and injection equipment for polyurethanes and epoxy materials.

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