Henkel announced at the SAE 2013 World Congress that its Bonderite Flex Process made its North American debut on the 2013 Ford F-150, which features an all-aluminum hood. The technology is also used on the 2013 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Challenger and Charger.
The Flex Process replaces the traditional zinc phosphating process with zirconium oxide pretreatment. According to Henkel, once aluminum content on vehicles reaches about 30%, the use of zinc phosphate becomes more difficult to control and leads to an increase in sludge generation.
The new process also can be easily integrated in existing production lines, according to Kevin Woock, Global Market Segment Manager for Automotive at Henkel. Woock spoke with SAE Magazines at the Detroit engineering event about how the company's technology contributes to the industry's push for vehicle lightweighting.
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