German multinational Henkel has inaugurated a new production facility for aerospace applications in Montornès del Vallès (Barcelona). With the investment of about 35 million euros, the new plant will become Henkel’s European hub for the aerospace industry, aiming to serve the growing demand for high-performance solutions in the aerospace industry, such as light weighting, fuel efficiency and automation.
The new aerospace plant in Montornès del Vallès is located nearby Henkel’s existing adhesives production plant for the automotive industry. It features dedicated production, labs, offices and warehouse capacities and spreads out over an area of about 14,000 square meters. The facility uses latest Industry 4.0 technology for collaborative engineering and manufacturing execution.
“Aerospace is a very attractive growth market for us, because the global demand for new passenger aircrafts is expected to double over the next 20 years”, explained Jan-Dirk Auris, Executive Vice President Henkel Adhesive Technologies.
“With the new high-tech facility, we significantly expand the capacities for our leading high-impact solutions that are specified on all major aircraft platforms and increase our capabilities to develop next-generation materials for future programs. At the same time, we enlarge our global production and distribution network and enhance the proximity to our strong customer base in Europe”, Auris said.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies is developing and supplying engineering materials, such as structural adhesives and surface treatment technologies, for global aircraft manufacturers and tier one suppliers in the industry for more than 40 years.