11/29/2007, Irvine, California


Henkel Expands Lab Facilities in European Technical Headquarters for Electronics

The electronics group of Henkel announces that it has completed the expansion of its state-of-the-art R&D and Applications laboratory in the company’s Hemel Hempstead facility in the United Kingdom.

In keeping with its promise to provide customers with next generation materials development and compatibility testing, the electronics group of Henkel announces that it has completed the expansion of its state-of-the-art R&D and Applications laboratory in the company’s Hemel Hempstead facility in the United Kingdom.

Though officially opened in the first quarter of 2006, the recent investment in the 225 square meter facility has allowed for additional development and testing capabilities and a complete remodel, rendering the laboratory one of the most modern and technically advanced materials development centers in the world.  New capabilities include advanced conformal coating development tools including various automated selective dispensing applicators, as well as expanded materials compatibility testing capabilities. When combined, these resources not only facilitate industry standard and customer-specific qualifications, but also allow for the assessment of potential conformal coating and flux interactions.

Consistent with Henkel’s approach in the company’s other global R&D and Applications centers, technical research and development teams at the Hemel Hempstead facility are paired with applications teams to provide synergistic materials formulation and products with outstanding in-field performance.  This shared expertise enables the coordination of customer projects, streamlines product introductions, allows for the building and testing of parts for customers and speeds time-to-market for new product introductions. 

Extensive efforts have been put forth to ensure that the new lab is as future-proof as possible, with advanced production and analytical equipment that allows the development teams to adapt to ever changing market requirements.  The lab is equipped with a complete production line for printed circuit board (PCB) assembly and the latest testing equipment, giving Henkel technical specialists the unique ability to study material behavior in-process, thus facilitating the development of proven, tested and guaranteed compatible materials.  Lab equipment in the European technical headquarters includes advanced screen printers, reflow ovens, solder paste deposition measurement systems, superior X-ray equipment, wave soldering systems as well as advanced analytical, microscopy and metallurgical tools. 

“In order to develop materials that work effectively, it is imperative to understand how materials perform in-process, in-package and in concert with the other materials with which interactions may occur, “says Patrick Trippel, president, the electronics group of Henkel.  “Henkel is the only materials supplier that takes such a complete approach and this latest resource commitment to our Hemel Hempstead lab facilities further illustrates our dedication to manufacturing products that really work – the first time!”

For more information about Henkel or any of the company’s leading electronics materials, log onto www.henkel.com/electronics.

About Henkel
For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful.  Henkel operates in three business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives Technologies - and ranks among the Fortune Global 500 companies. In fiscal 2006, Henkel generated sales of 12.740 billion euros and operating profit of 1,298 million euros. Our 52,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our corporate claim, "A Brand like a Friend," and ensuring that people in more than 125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.