German materials company Henkel has opened a $2m Application Centre in California to support electronic product development in Silicon Valley.
Henkel has a wide range of adhesives, sealants and functional coatings used in 5G handheld devices and mobile networks, data centre high-performance computing and optoelectronics, smart home systems, autonomous driving systems and virtual reality and gaming. These are aimed at providing robust electrical connections, heat management and protection from stress and environmental conditions and long-term durability.
The performance of adhesives for die attachment and other packaging and sealant materials is a key factor in the overall reliability of electronic system designs.
The Santa Clara Application Centre includes dispensing robots, 3D printers, mechanical property evaluation equipment, coating and jetting systems and failure analysis capabilities. Alongside the development laboratory, the facility provides multiple secure collaboration spaces for Henkel’s technical experts and its customers.
“The current pace of technology progress is unprecedented,” said Stefan de Diego, Henkel Regional Head of Electronics, Americas and Europe. “For today’s innovators, being first to market is integral to commercial success. With our knowledgeable team and extensive lab resources Henkel can provide even more immediate and impactful prototype design and analysis support for our customers, helping them meet critical time-to-market windows with tested, proven devices.”
“Henkel’s material innovations have been key contributors to this century’s technology growth, delivered through the company’s enduring partnerships with many of the world’s leading high-tech brands,” de Diego concludes. “We not only share our customers’ passion for improving people’s lives through convenience and connectivity, but we also share an unwavering commitment to sustainability. Henkel’s promise to contribute to a more sustainable future is at the heart of everything we do. The work undertaken at our new Application Centre will promote these core values while providing an inspirational environment that helps bring ideas to life.”
Perhaps better known for its Schwartkopf shampoo, Henkel North America had sales close to $6bn in 2021 with adhesive brands such as Loctite and accounts for 25 percent of the company’s global sales.
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