Henkel has signed a strategic material supply agreement with Carbon Revolution, the world-leading Australian manufacturer of one-piece automotive carbon composite wheels. The collaboration includes dedicated manufacturing facilities established at Henkel’s existing plant near Melbourne.
The automotive industry is looking for lightweight solutions and the one-piece carbon composite technology is becoming a popular choice for global carmakers. Single piece carbon fibre composite wheels can offer up to 50% weight savings relative to conventional aluminium wheels and offer a sleek, attractive surface finish.
The collaboration with Carbon Revolution is targeted at providing various global OEM carbon wheel programs with the best solutions available and includes active support from Henkel via dual production capacities in the EU and locally in Australia. Konrad Brimo Hayek, Senior Business Development Manager for Automotive Components at Henkel
Carbon Revolution’s composite wheels are used on some of the world’s most prestigious sports cars. The significant reductions in unsprung rotational mass translates into immediate vehicle handling benefits, from better steering feel and traction to improved accelerating and braking response thanks to the composite wheels’ lower inertia. In terms of sustainability, technology can also enhance fuel or electrical power efficiency and help automotive manufacturers reduce the CO2 emission balance of their fleets.