YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1876
REVENUE: $9.748 billion (2014: $10 billion)
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Hans Van Byland, chairman and CEO; Jan-Dirk Auris, executive VP Adhesive Technologies and member of the board. Senior VPs of Adhesive Technologies: Ramon Bacardit, Research; Julian Colquitt, North America, General Industry; Jean Fayolle, Packaging Industry; Eric Holzbacher, Africa/Middle East, Consumer and Building Industry; Paul Kirsch, Transportation and Metal Industry; Michael Olosky, Asia Pacific; Matthias Schmidt, Financial Director; Alan Syzdek, Electronics Industry.
Henkel has expanded it presence in Asia-Pacific significantly this year. Henekl recently opened its first Asia-Pacific Loctite Impregnation Service Center in Suzhou, China. With this new service center, Henkel brings its impregnation technology from Europe into Asian and other emerging markets.
The Suzhou Loctite Impregnation Service Center (LIS) is a modern 1,000 square meter workshop located in the center of Suzhou Industrial Park which is 50 km from Shanghai. This service center, located in the vicinity of major automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, means reduced transportation distances equating to time and cost savings.
Staffed with in-house technical service engineers, LIS offers a world class level of quality and service with maximum flexibility to increase efficiency in customer’s processes. Loctite is a standardized process flow, quality system, fully automated computer controlled impregnation system, and high-tech resins deliver consistent quality and sealing performance. Once parts are returned, customers can expect maximum sealing rates, zero damage, and zero distortion, clean and ready to use parts for the subsequent processing steps, the company stated. The highly efficient design of Loctite impregnation service enables customers to achieve greater levels of sustainability by minimizing wasted resin and shortening the processing time.
Loctite Impregnation solutions reliably seal all forms of porosity in many automotive parts, such as cylinder heads, water pumps and compressors. Since its establishment, Henkel has hosted experts from foundries, automobile manufacturers, and machining industries. Henkel plans to further expand the Loctite Impregnation Service Center in the coming years in order to accommodate an increasing need for quality and innovative technologies from the Asian automotive market.
Henkel also launched a new innovation center in Shanghai to better meet Asia-Pacific market needs. The new facility, featuring a state-of-the-art NVH Testing Lab, consumer adhesives lab and training center, will greatly expand Henkel Adhesive’s R&D capabilities in the region, providing innovative market-driven solutions to local China and APAC customers.
Covering 6,730 square meters and featuring 171 R&D and product development workstations, the HAIC has been designed to facilitate effective collaboration across project teams. HAIC’s NVH Testing Lab, replete with the latest equipment and software, will provide NVH reducing solutions to China and APAC customers through the optimization of product design parameters. Meanwhile, the Consumer Adhesives Lab & Training Center Lab, featuring a number of realistic living-space environments such as a dining room, bathroom, swimming pool and carpark, will be employed to test new product applications and provide effective training for local customers.
Henkel said the HAIC’s Shanghai location was strategically chosen to bring Henkel Adhesives closer to customers and be increasingly responsive to local needs.
Hans Van Bylen has been appointed Henkel’s new CEO. He succeeds Kasper Rorsted, who has served 11 years on the Henkel Management Board.
“I am glad that Henkel will be led by Hans Van Bylen in the future. Because of his long-standing and international experience at Henkel, his excellent management skills and his passion for brands, innovations and customers, he is the perfect fit for the CEO position. We know that with Hans Van Bylen Henkel’s future is in best hands,” said Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and the Shareholders’ Committee.
Hans Van Bylen explained: “My appointment as CEO is both an honor and an obligation. I am looking forward to this and I am convinced we will continue the successful development of Henkel with our global team in the future.”
Hans Van Bylen joined Henkel in 1984. His successful career at the company during the last 31 years comprised management positions with a broad geographical scope in two of Henkel’s business units, Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care. He began his career in Belgium and Benelux, and he later took on business responsibilities in France, Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Since 2005, Hans Van Bylen has been a member of the Management Board, responsible for the Beauty Care business.