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Henkel Adhesive Technologies

Henkel Adhesive Technologies

Powertrain and chassis

The powertrain and chassis are two essential car components. The powertrain covers all components that generate power and transfer it to the road, mandating secure connections and seals. Material solutions cover all stages of powertrain manufacture from forging and machining to assembly, including form-in-place and cure-in-place gaskets. As a connector, the chassis supports vehicle systems and components, such as wheels, body, suspension, and powertrain. Chassis materials and composites help clean, protect, form, and lightweight the chassis.

Engineer Scanning Electric Car Chassis Prototype in Development Laboratory

At a glance


more fuel economy

For every 10% of vehicle weight reduction.
*Source: "Lightweight Materials for Cars and Trucks".


CAGR 2023-2030

Projected growth of the powertrain market, reaching $1.3T by 2030.
*Source: Automotive Powertrain Market Size, Share and Growth Analysis and Forecast 2023 – 2032.


CAGR 2023-2030

Projected growth of the automotive chassis market, reaching $330B by 2030.
*Source: Fortune Business Insights, Automotive Chassis Market size, share & Covid-19 Impact Analysis and Regional Forecast 2023-2030.

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Exploded automotive engine with red casketing

Engine sealing and gasketing

Preventing leaks is vital to ensuring vehicle performance. High-quality form-in-place and cure-in-place gasketing solutions work reliably under the harshest conditions, creating strong but flexible bonds.

Exploded automotive transmission with a cross-section of the gearbox

Transmission housing sealing

Transmission sealants are used to prevent leaking of transmission fluids. Henkel’s range of LOCTITE® transmission case sealant solutions are available as anaerobic, room temperature vulcanizing silicone and polyacrylate gasketing formulations. They are designed for excellent resistance against aggressive media like ATF and offer high temperature resistance.

4-cylinder gasoline engine with all attachments and auxiliary units

Water pump and oil pump sealing

Henkel’s sealing products that are resistant to engine oil, ATF or water-glycol-mixtures even under harsh conditions provide a reliable and long-lasting seal for water pumps and oil pumps. Henkel’s FIPGs and CIPGs for pumps offer fast curing, excellent adhesion to both metal and plastic surfaces and excellent media resistance.

Red LOCTITE bottle applying thread locker adhesive to metal component designed to lock and seal

Threadlocking and fastener sealing

Henkel offers a range of threadlocker and pre-applied sealants designed for the locking and sealing of threaded fasteners, which require normal disassembly with standard hand tools. These sealants cure due to the absence of air when confined between close fitting metal surfaces. Our threadlockers and thread sealants prevent loosening and leakage from shock and vibration.

Closeup of cured-in-place polyacrylate gasket dispensing for powertrain applications

Cup plug sealing and retention of cylindrical assemblies

Our product cures when confined in the absence of air between close fitting metal surfaces and prevents loosening and leakage from shock and vibration. Typical applications include sealing cup plugs and securing cylindrical metal assemblies, e.g. engine block cup and core plugs, spark plug tubes, vent tubes and fittings, and axle gears and flanges.

Dark grey, lightweight composite vehicle wheel

Wheels and tires

Wheels and tires are one area of a car where using lightweight materials makes a big difference to the cars overall agility and driving performance. Angular acceleration of rotating masses requires lots of energy, and a spinning wheel offers resistance against changing the plane of rotation, i.e. the direction of its torque vector. Hence, reducing the mass of a wheel not only reduces energy consumption of the vehicle, but also improves its steering response significantly. Road noise is generated by contact between tires and pavements, and the cavity between the tire and the wheel rim acts like a resonating body of a drum, while the wheel transfers the structure borne noise from the tire to the automotive body. Henkel's portfolio of LOCTITE® MAX matrix resins for fiber reinforced composites offers tailor made products for carbon wheels that combine outstandingly high temperature resistance with extraordinary toughness. They allow to reduce the mass of a wheel by about 50% as compared to aluminum wheels, and at the same time, they transfer significantly less structure borne noise, thus reducing the road noise that is transmitted to the passenger compartment. 

Henkel’s tire bonding adhesives can be used to bond a layer of sound-absorbing foam to the inner surface of the tire tread to absorb tire cavity noise. Leading tire manufacturers rely on LOCTITE® Fix in Tire adhesives for their innovative silent tires. The adhesive can also bond sensors to tires.

The BONDERITE® light metal pretreatment solutions for aluminum wheels have been developed to deliver excellent corrosion protection at minimum processing cost.

With a wide range of durable, fatigue resistant, and high-quality materials and noise reduction technology, Henkel offers reliable solutions for wheels and tires.

Exploded automotive transmission with a cross-section of the gearbox

Brake system

 As a leader in metal surface treatments, adhesives and sealants, Henkel offers a range of solutions for brake booster & master cylinder, brake caliper, brake disc and brake pad.

Close up of suspension system and tire on a car

Suspension system

Henkels portfolio of LOCTITE® MAX matrix resins for fiber reinforced plastics include products designed for leaf springs and coil springs. Henkel’s range of surface treatment, adhesives, sealants, threadlockers and structural foams offers the right solutions for control arm, wishbone, shock absorber, anti vibration parts (bushings, mounts), leaf spring, coil spring, stabilizer and bearings.

Exploded vehicle chassis and tires


Materials for chassis structures support metal forming, surface treatment, coatings, and adhesives and sealants. Impact-resistant matrix resins help reduce the weight of skid plates and protect the bottom of EV batteries from intrusions and mechanical damage.



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