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Henkel Cooperates with Top Chinese Universities

Published on 2004-12-01. Author : SpecialChem

In China, as of January 1st, 2005, Henkel will launch an R&D cooperation project with six leading research groups from five Chinese universities. With an initial investment of USD 500,000 in the upcoming two years, this cooperation will be the most extensive R&D project that Henkel has implemented within China. This action once again shows Henkel's commitment to the Chinese market.

Horst Eierdanz (left), Vice President R&D Engineering Adhesives at Henkel Technologies, exchanged the R&D Coorperation Agreement with Professor Xinling Wang of Shanghai JiaoTong University.

Professors from five leading Chinese universities exchanged the R&D Cooperation Agreements with representatives from Henkel R&D in Germany, Henkel Technologies Asia-Pacific, and Henkel Technologies China. With this ceremony in Shanghai on November 26, 2004, the biggest R&D cooperation project Henkel has embarked on in China officially kicked off.

After Cooperation Agreement
Professors from five leading Chinese universities exchanged the R&D Cooperation Agreements with representatives from Henkel R&D in Germany, Henkel Technologies Asia-Pacific, and Henkel Technologies China.

The cooperation program will start with a first 6 projects between the Henkel Technologies and Consumer and Craftsmen Adhesives business sectors and five leading Chinese universities, including Tsinghua University, Shanghai JiaoTong University, Fudan University, Nanjing University, and Shandong University The selection criteria are primarily based on the expertise of the professors and the reputation and facilities of the universities. The sub-projects will officially commence on January 1, 2005, with preliminary work to start as early as December 2004.

"The cooperation was set up to develop a new generation of adhesives and sealants based on silicone modified materials," said Dr. Horst Eierdanz, Vice President R&D Engineering Adhesives at Henkel Technologies. "The Chinese universities involved will be conducting applied research in a few selected areas which Henkel is interested in." Additional R&D projects and similar cooperation with Chinese universities will follow in the future.

The cooperation network, together with the newly launched Henkel Technologies R&D Lab in Nanhui, Shanghai, will form an R&D platform to support the expansion and development of Henkel in China.

As a multinational company with leading positions in several technologies and markets, Henkel has external cooperation projects in different regions and countries. R&D cooperation with leading universities and institutions has been Henkel's strategy to maintain its edge versus global competition. In the USA and Europe, Henkel has cooperation agreements with leading universities. In Japan, a cooperative effort between Henkel and Kinki University resulted in the establishment of a research center in Iizuka (Henkel Kindai Laboratories) in 2001. In 2003, Henkel spent 2.7% of its sales of 9.436 billion euros for R&D.

"Henkel - A Brand like a Friend". Henkel is a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. The Henkel Group operates in three strategic business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives, Sealants and Surface Treatment. In fiscal 2003 the Henkel Group generated sales of 9.436 billion euros and an operating profit (EBIT) of 706 million euros. 50,000 employees work for the Henkel Group worldwide. People in 125 countries around the world trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.

This document contains forward-looking statements which are based on current estimates and assumptions made by the corporate management of Henkel KGaA. Statements with respect to the future are characterized by the use of words such as "expect", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", and similar terms. Such statements are not to be understood as in any way guaranteeing that those expectations will turn out to be accurate. Future performance and results actually achieved by Henkel KGaA and its affiliated companies depend on a number of risks and uncertainties and may therefore differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are outside Henkel's control and cannot be accurately estimated in advance, such as the future economic environment and the actions of competitors and others involved in the marketplace. Henkel neither plans nor undertakes to update any forward-looking statements.

Source: Henkel

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