Setting New Benchmark: Henkel Helps SAIC-GM Make New Technological Breakthrough

17-Jan-2017 Intellasia | BusinessWire | 8:00 AM Print This Post

Henkel zirconium-based pretreatment solution drives technology upgrade

SHANGHAI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Bonderite–Henkel Asia-Pacific announced that its automotive team had used
Bonderite® M-NT 1820 surface pretreatment technology to help SAIC-GM
upgrade its car coating line.

The paint shop at SAIC-GM’s Jinqiao South plant, opened in 2003, used to
employ Henkel’s traditional zinc phosphating pretreatment process to
handle 300,000 units of passenger vehicles annually, including many
premium models such as Buick Regal, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac ATS-L.
In May 2016, with full technology support from Henkel China, the paint
shop upgraded its pretreatment process with zirconium thin film
treatment which went into mass production merely after a one-week

Mr. Kevin Cunningham, GM PT/ED Global SME said to Mr. Terry Giles,
Business Development Manager of Henkel Surface Treatment Global, “This
upgrade is a success across Asia and will be viewed as a benchmark for
future development by peers in the automotive manufacturing industry.”

Currently, almost all automotive OEMs are using traditional phosphating
treatment process which apparently can no longer meet the ever-stricter
environmental requirements due to its defects such as high energy
consumption, high heavy metal content and high solid and liquid waste
streams. With a trend of more environment-friendly, cost-effective,
high-quality and user-friendly pretreatment technology, Henkel launched
Bonderite® M-NT 1820 thin film pretreatment, a revolutionary technology
that is viewed as an alternative to the traditional phosphating
pretreatment. This ground-breaking solution will redefine the surface
pretreatment technology in the automotive industry and set new standards
for automotive manufacturers.

Bonderite® M-NT 1820 surface pretreatment technology, as an alternative
to traditional phosphating and passivation treatment, not only allows
the treatment to coating process to be undertaken at room temperature
without heating, but also fits all metal substrates, thus greatly
shortening the process time and saving cost in equipment investment and
process control. With Bonderite® M-NT 1820, heavy metals, solid waste
and waste water are all significantly reduced, thus saving resources and
waste treatment cost. Since the processes of surface conditioning and
passivation can be skipped, investment in process and equipment
footprint are saved and the operational cost including water,
electricity, gas and chemicals are reduced. With its excellent
performance and strong capability of waste treatment and energy
conservation, the Bonderite thin film technology has demonstrated high
additional value to Henkel customers.

As a global leading supplier of automotive surface treatment products,
Henkel is committed to green and energy efficient sustainable
development and has never forgotten its social responsibility – to
create more value for customers while helping them reduce environmental
footprint. In 2016, Henkel won SURCAR Award for Environmental Footprint
for the paint shop application of its Bonderite® thin film pretreatment
technology in passenger vehicle coating. The prize marks another
milestone for Henkel in its pursuit of sustainable development.

Henkel is committed to developing solutions with cutting-edge
technologies for automotive coating. Henkel is currently the leading
service provider in the Chinese market to help customers renovate their
outdated production lines by upgrading technologies, reducing the
customer carbon footprint.


Billy Gu, +86 (21) 2891 8503
[email protected]
Liu, + 86.21.28915832
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