Henkel showcases innovative high-performance adhesives and lightweight solutions at the ZOW trade show

24 January 2018

Henkel showcases innovative high-performance adhesives and lightweight solutions at the ZOW trade show

Under its new organizer, Koelnmesse, the ZOW trade show, scheduled for February 6 to 8, 2018, will once again be the first event on this year’s calendar for the furniture and interior fittings industry. As a member of Interessengemeinschaft Leichtbau e.V. (known by its acronym igeL), a cooperation network on lightweight constructions, Henkel is taking advantage of the greatly expanded presence to showcase its long-lasting expertise in the growing market segment for lightweight solutions (Hall 20, Stand A060).

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the cooperation network will be staging numerous activities and special exhibitions at ZOW. Among the new developments that can be viewed is the world’s first lightweight kitchen built in a KETTBOARD hybrid design, allowing savings of 30 percent on material in carcasses. The BEECK lightweight kitchen is the result of a forward-looking collaborative project between several igeL member companies, including Henkel, who contributed the specialty adhesive for this innovative lightweight construction.

Furthermore, the ZOW trade show is the ideal platform for Henkel to present its broad product portfolio covering the different segments in furniture production including numerous product innovations in UV-curing hotmelts and PUR-based adhesives.

Fast cure and high strength are two of the features that distinguish the new Technomelt CHS 396 UV – a product that has been specifically formulated for UV edge sealing. The middle section of chipboard panels is in fact becoming increasingly porous, as compositions are adjusted to meet cost and weight targets. Technomelt CHS 396 UV fills gaps and seals off the coarser edge structures, instantly forming a homogeneous, machine-grindable and extremely smooth surface. This allows the use of very thin high-gloss finish foils during subsequent panel wrapping and permits the edges to be directly finished with lacquers.

PUR adhesives are another area where Henkel will be presenting product innovations at ZOW. One example of these is Technomelt PUR 270/5. This new adhesive solution enables throughput speeds well in excess of 50 m/min in furniture-making production lines and machines. A further newcomer in the growth market of polyurethane adhesives is Technomelt PUR 6230. Compatible with many different materials, this versatile adhesive for profile wrapping provides high cost-effectiveness in high-volume production. Technomelt PUR 6230 also excels through its exceptionally high bond strength and excellent resistance to heat and moisture.

Henkel is writing another chapter in the success story of its Micro-Emission (ME) adhesives. As a pioneer in ultra-low-emission PUR adhesives that can be marketed as label-free products, the company is continuously expanding its technology leadership in all applications for decorative surface finishing – while further raising awareness in the market regarding health and safety issues.

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