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Henkel Is Official Supplier to the 2007 Euromilhões Dakar Rally

Sandy dunes, stony ground and torrential rivers - the Dakar Rally demands exceptionally skilled drivers as well as vehicles and technical equipment able to meet the toughest requirements. On January 6, 2007 the 29th edition of the marathon rally began and Henkel was at the starting line again. For the third time in a row, selected products from Henkel's Loctite® and Teroson brands will prove their ability to withstand the most extreme conditions, and ensure that more than 500 competitors from 42 nations on their way to Dakar won't be delayed by a loose bolt, worn bearing, leaking seal, broken windshield - or any other unexpected incident.
Düsseldorf, Germany/Gulph Mills, Penn., January 18, 2007 - Sandy dunes, stony ground and torrential rivers - the Dakar Rally demands exceptionally skilled drivers as well as vehicles and technical equipment able to meet the toughest requirements. On January 6, 2007 the 29th edition of the marathon rally began and Henkel was at the starting line again. For the third time in a row, selected products from Henkel's Loctite® and Teroson brands will prove their ability to withstand the most extreme conditions, and ensure that more than 500 competitors from 42 nations on their way to Dakar won't be delayed by a loose bolt, worn bearing, leaking seal, broken windshield - or any other unexpected incident.

In addition to the Dakar-proven mechanical emergency kit containing a huge selection of useful adhesives and sealants, cleaners, and tapes for vehicle maintenance and repair, Henkel offers the competitors a very special personal service. For maximum support at every stage of the race, Loctite® and Teroson specialists will accompany the rally to provide each team with technical advice and practical help with any products they may need. The Henkel specialists will work together with the drivers and their teams into the early hours of the morning to find appropriate solutions for the competitors' technical problems.

During Dakar 2006, the windshield of a Mercedes Unimog race truck 503 was broken on the tricky course to Kayes. Giacomo Vismara and Mario Cambiaghi of the Italian Vismara Sport System team had to act quickly because regulations require all race trucks to have an intact windshield. They got help from the Henkel specialists. Their idea was to exchange the intact windshield of the service truck for the damaged one of the race truck.

An ultra-fast direct glazing adhesive from Teroson was used to perform the first windshield replacement done on a race truck right in a rally bivouac. The safe drive-away time of this product is only five hours after bonding the windshield, allowing both the race team and the service truck to continue the race the next morning.

At the Dakar Rally, unpredictable environmental conditions and high temperatures test the limits of the men and their machines. In particular, the demanding racing conditions place the mechanical components of the competing cars, bikes and trucks under extreme stresses. The Dakar proven Loctite® and Teroson branded products from the Henkel portfolio have been designed to withstand these conditions, making them ideal partners for the 2007 Euromilhões Dakar Rally. The Dakar is an exceptional adventure that demands optimum performance and maximum perfection from the people involved, the machines used and the materials employed. Henkel is making a vital contribution to make sure that the competitors can meet these challenges.

Henkel - A Driving Force in the Racing World
Around the world, Henkel has an extensive commitment to motorsports. In 2004, the Henkel logo appeared for the first time on the rear-wing of the Team McLaren Mercedes race cars, continuing the technical association with the team which began in 1995 through the Loctite® brand. As Official Supplier, Henkel provides a wide variety of innovative solutions to the team. Nearly 200 different applications of Henkel products were used on last year's Team McLaren Mercedes MP4-21. For the three-week, 10,000-kilometer 2006 Dakar Rally through grueling desert terrain, Henkel provided each racing team with an essential mechanical emergency kit containing a wide range of adhesives, sealants, maintenance products, cleaners and bonding tapes. In addition, a Henkel engineer accompanied the Rally, providing the teams with technical back-up and support at each of the bivouacs.

"Henkel - A Brand like a Friend". Henkel is a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel, a Fortune Global 500 company, operates in three strategic business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives, Sealants and Surface Treatment. In fiscal 2005 Henkel generated sales of 11.974 billion euros. More than 50,000 employees work for Henkel worldwide. People in approximately 125 countries around the world trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.