Henkel Develops Auto Composite Components
News: German chemical technology company Henkel has developed a process for use in the manufacturing of components that creates a surface quality good enough for automobile exteriors, reports, Fibre2Fashion. The company, in partnership with local moulding company KraussMaffei, has developed a new polyurethane matrix resin, Loctite MAX 3 based on glass or carbon fibre by using high-pressure RTM technology. Henkel said that using a model of the light, high-strength carbon fibre roof segment of the Roding Roadster R1, the innovative production process will be presented at trade fair 'K' scheduled to take place from October 16 2013 to October 23 2013 in Düsseldorf.
BMI View: BMI forecasts ongoing declines in German vehicle output over the year on the back of weak domestic demand and exports, combined with our generally bearish view on manufacturing in the country.