Henkel: Integration of Sonderhoff portfolio completed
Since end of December 2019, the two and a half year’s integration phase of the Sonderhoff Group into Henkel AG & Co. KGaA has been completed. As of 1 January 2020, all Sonderhoff companies have been merged into the Adhesive Technologies business unit. The former Sonderhoff sites in Germany, Austria, Italy and the USA are now also operating under the Henkel name – only the Sonderhoff site in China will continue to operate under its previous name. Customers will continue to be served from these locations as before.
Sonderhoff's activities will continue to be managed operationally from Cologne and are organisationally assigned to a business area of Henkel Adhesive Technologies. The Sonderhoff portfolio will continue as the Sonderhoff brand of Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a global supplier of adhesives, sealants and functional coatings. With this brand, Henkel offers its customers a technology platform for customised sealing, adhesive bonding and potting solutions using Formed-In-Place (FIP) technology. Henkel provides users with materials, machines and contract manufacturing from a single source. The advantages of customer-specific application solutions are based in the close, coordinated interaction of mechanical engineering, material formulation and process know-how. The product range consists of foam sealing, adhesive and potting systems based on polyurethane, silicone or PVC as well as mixing and dosing systems for automated material application to industrial components. Henkel also offers OEMs and suppliers individual automation concepts and application technology advice.
“The innovative system solutions of the Sonderhoff brand with their high level of technical expertise and customer-specific offers and services complement our existing portfolio excellently. They also serve an attractive market with diverse growth prospects,” said Michael Todd, Global Head of Innovation and New Business at Henkel Adhesive Technologies.
With the Sonderhoff portfolio Henkel offers a “Make” or “Buy” option. The customer can purchase FIP technology from a single source for his own production (“Make” option) and receives the machines and material systems optimally adapted to his manufacturing process. Or with the “Buy” option, Henkel takes over the sealing, bonding and potting of the components for the customer. The material is applied on the parts with Sonderhoff mixing and dosing systems at the contract manufacturing locations in Germany, Austria, Italy, USA and China. The spectrum ranges from the sampling of prototypes and small series to the assumption of series production on a production scale.
Henkel said it draws on its comprehensive portfolio of solutions and its broad application knowledge from more than 800 industrial segments for the tailor-made foam sealing, adhesive bonding and potting solutions of its customers. As a product lifecycle partner to customers, Henkel's experts for Sonderhoff FIP technology carefully analyse customer needs and their product requirements of tomorrow. On this basis, the company quickly and reliably delivers and implements the best customer-specific solution, which is permanently ensured by current technologies and a continuous innovation process, said Henkel.