Henkel and RLE International have agreed to form a strategic alliance to drive automotive innovation, expand value creation opportunities and become the premier design-in engineering solution provider for the mobility industry.
Henkel to build strategic alliance with RLE International
Automotive megatrends and future mobility concepts driven by increasing environmental legislation, e-mobility and autonomous driving are shaping the engineering challenges of the industry: New architecture designs and solutions are required to reduce weight and increase safety. Furthermore, the integration and protection of batteries and electronic components play a crucial role in development and manufacturing.
“To design new e-mobility concepts and lightweight innovations, the combination of material science and engineering expertise is a significant competitive advantage”, says Dr. Christian Kirsten, Corporate Senior Vice President, Henkel Transport & Metal. “Together with RLE International we will create ‘The Mobility Alliance’ with advanced simulation capabilities of full vehicle crash behavior to improve passenger safety, and component design competence to improve vehicle performance”, adds Chuck Evans, Corporate Vice President, Henkel Automotive OEM Design.
RLE’s core business includes effective and technologically sophisticated engineering expertise in vehicle component development and design. “This involves the fields of concept development, vehicle and safety engineering, as well as electrics/electronics, e-mobility and lightweight design”, says Ralf Laufenberg, CEO RLE International, “Once combined with Henkel’s advanced materials know-how in high performance adhesives and sealants, structural foams and sound-deadeners we will become the go-to engineering partner and preferred advanced material supplier in the industry.”
This joint approach to market will grant customers access to a unique global combination of long-term engineering know-how and best-in-class material science which will enable next generation design solutions and new levels of lightweight structures.
Through a holistic development approach from concept to launch and series production, Henkel and RLE International will ensure process security and sustainability of all development, engineering and material processes.
About RLE INTERNATIONAL
The RLE INTERNATIONAL Group is one of the world’s leading development, technology and consultation service providers to the international automotive industry. With more than 30 years of experience and a global concept about 2.000 engineers and specialists constantly keep abreast of technological progress and to add value for the international partners along the value chain.
For more information, please visit rle.international.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies
Henkel is the leading solutions provider for adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings worldwide.
In India, the Adhesive Technologies business is a market leader in adhesives, sealants and surface treatments. The business unit is divided in 4 Strategic Business Units (SBUs), each following its own business model, and targeting different markets and customers. The SBUs are:
- Packaging & Consumer Goods
- Transport & Metal
- General Industry