Madison Heights, Michigan - An epoxy-acrylic urethane coating system from Henkel has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California protection authorities for use in local automotive manufacturing facilities. The material has also been selected by Thule Towing Systems as a pretreatment in its California facility.
Henkel said the Aquence 930 system will allow vehicle makers to improve technology and efficiency while reducing complexity, with an environmentally responsible coating.
Aquence 930 is an innovative autodeposition coating process that provides a 40-percent reduction in the footprint of the production area, while improving paint shop flexibility and cutting energy use. It also eliminates heavy metal sludge, commented Henkel.
"This is a significant breakthrough for Henkel's sustainability efforts and for our commitment to decreasing energy consumption," said Dan Wohletz, vice president, automotive North America, Henkel, in the company statement. "Our customers will be able to expand their presence in California by using Aquence 930," to give improved production and better production flexibility, Wohletz added.
The material gives similar performance to traditional primer coats in cyclic corrosion tests, and provides "excellent thermal stability, top-coat ability and flexibility," compared to other coatings, said Henkel. It is "best-in-class" in environmental and footprint benefits and offers almost no volatile organic compounds (VOC) while reducing hazardous air pollutants.
Thule Towing Systems, which Henkel describes as the industry leader in transport and towing solutions, will use the new Aquence 930 coating system as a pretreatment replacement in its Lodi, California. facility. Thule will coat the towing systems for its current automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) towing applications as well as using Aquence 930 and a powder topcoat on its aftermarket products, said Henkel.
Adding Henkel's coating system "allows us to expand our capabilities and provide added value to our customers," said Anders Nordin, vice president of marketing for Thule Towing Systems, in Henkel's announcement. "The coating system meets the most demanding automotive OEM requirements for corrosion and performance."