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The Hockenheimring — one of Germany’s Formula One racing venues — was recently transformed into a place of creative craftsmanship: 115 contestants from around the world were competing against one another in constructing a race car for this year’s Formula Student Germany contest. Henkel Adhesive Technologies helped them along the way with technical expertise and Loctite repair products. The company also honoured the team offering the most impressive adhesive-bonding applications — with the ‘Best Use of Adhesives’ award.

The six-day period from 29 July to 3 August saw around 2,500 up-and-coming engineers, business administrators and economists from 26 countries get their self-built race cars onto the grid for Formula Student Germany, a racing sport event for university students. The jury — made up of members from the motorsport, automotive and components supply industries — also gave scores for engineering design, financial planning and sales pitch presentation. Further criteria included dynamic drive response, reliability and energy efficiency.

The best overall package combining these various disciplines in the IC engine vehicle category came from the German-American team from DHBW Ravensburg and the Oregon State University, with the team from ETH Zurich winning the electric vehicle class.

In recognition of the most impressive adhesive-bonding application, Henkel rewarded the team from the West Saxony University of Applied Sciences, Zwickau. The students impressed the jury with the most creative and beneficial adhesive-bonding applications, located in the transmission elements and in the chassis of their vehicle, and with their wide-ranging knowledge of adhesives technology.

Henkel is the world market leader in state-of-the-art industrial adhesives, sealants and surface treatment products for a wide variety of engineering applications. Its leading brands for the industrial market are Loctite, Bonderite, Teroson, Aquence and Technomelt.

Strong customer focus, research and innovation, consistent quality and sustainable business practices have contributed to its record of success, as has continuous improvement in both its products and methods of manufacture.

The company applies its expertise to the entire value chain across the engineering sector. Whatever you build, manufacture, assemble or repair, its technical consultancy service will provide all the assistance and training you need to ensure you have the best product and the skill to apply to its best advantage.

Henkel brands are internationally renowned for their proven reliability and performance and the scope of the company’s product programme extends from cleaning and pre-treatment through to bonding, sealing, filling and protecting, coating and lubricating. 

Henkel is the only adhesive manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of products that are hazard-label free. Its Loctite Health and Safety series is suitable for the lion’s share of engineering applications and includes thread lockers, thread sealants, gasketing adhesives, retaining compounds and instant adhesives.

As both the product and its method of application dictate the quality of process, Henkel also has considerable expertise in the supply of dedicated dispensing equipment that, if necessary, can be bespoke to the application. This equipment ensures the product is applied quickly, cleanly, accurately and economically.

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