The new AQUENCE™ water-based autodeposition coating technology from Henkel recently set a new industry precedent by displacing conventional metal pretreatment and the electrocoat process for an entire automotive vehicle body. The company reports that the technology can provide a 40% footprint reduction, reduce capital expenditures and paint shop complexity, decrease energy consumption, eliminate heavy metal sludge, and improve inside-out corrosion performance.

The new AQUENCE™ water-based autodeposition coating technology from Henkel recently set a new industry precedent by displacing conventional metal pretreatment and the electrocoat process for an entire automotive vehicle body. The company reports that the technology can provide a 40% footprint reduction, reduce capital expenditures and paint shop complexity, decrease energy consumption, eliminate heavy metal sludge, and improve inside-out corrosion performance.

“This is a significant breakthrough for the autodeposition coating technology, resulting from our continued investment in sustainable and innovative technologies,” said Chuck Evans, president, global automotive, Henkel. “To our customers, the new AQUENCE™ brand name will represent improved performance, reduced cost, reduced complexity and reduced environmental footprint for their industrial coating needs.”

AQUENCE™ branded coating technology, previously marketed under the Autophoretic® name, has grown steadily in a variety of industrial submarkets. Henkel currently has technical and business centers in each region globally to support the continued expansion into new applications. The company said that it plans to launch several new technologies under the brand name early this year.

For more information, visit www.automotive.henkel.com.