Written by Kfir Kedem August 04, 2020
Edited by Asaf Kedem
“Combining material science with engineering expertise” is the motto of now partnered RLE International and Henkel. RLE International is an engineering company with over 30 years of experience in automotive consultation, innovation, design, and testing. Henkel is the global market leader in adhesives technologies and also specializes in material science development. The two partnered not too long ago to develop new solutions to automotive hardware. They call their partnership “the Mobility Alliance.”
With a focus on light-weighting, the two partners have created a hybrid fiber out of structural foam reinforced polymer solutions. The result is a lighter-weight structure with more optimized stiffness. The partnership also provides solutions for electronics and all other locations where adhesives are necessary. This is where Henkel’s years of market leadership in adhesive technology come into play.
The Mobility Alliance is also taking sustainability into account in their developments and are looking to create products that are both groundbreaking and create a sustainable value. Their goal is to continue improving their products while using less resources. When they need to source raw materials, they are doing so in the most ecological ways and continuing to look for even greener methods.
Auto Trendy’s take:
It has been great to see technological developments in terms of autonomy, electrification, etc. however, materials rarely get discussed. One key market trend in the automotive industry is sustainability and, although electrification helps provide some solution, the structure and electronics also play a role. To have materials that reduce the overall vehicle weight and still manage to increase the overall vehicle sustainability is impressive. The materials that RLE International and Henkel are currently developing may very well become staples in automotive vehicle construction.