Henkel, RLE In­ter­na­tional build strate­gic al­liance

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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. 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 nextgen­er­a­tion de­sign so­lu­tions and new lev­els of light­weight struc­tures.

“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 be­hav­iour to im­prove pas­sen­ger safety, and com­po­nent de­sign com­pe­tence to im­prove ve­hi­cle per­for­mance,” said Chuck Evans, Cor­po­rate Vice Pres­i­dent, Henkel Au­to­mo­tive OEM De­sign. RLE’s core busi­ness in­clude 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 knowhow 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.”

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