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13th February 2018, Japan

Kaneka acquires Henkel business

Kaneka is acquiring the benzoxazine-based high performance composites business of Henkel. © Kaneka/Henkel Japan’s Kaneka Corporation, via its wholly owned subsidiary, Kaneka Aerospace (KAE) is acquiring the commercial rights, technologies and patents to the benzoxazine-based high performance composites business of Henkel.

KAE was established in September 2017 with the acquisition of Applied Poleramic, which possessed advanced technology for formulated resin used in high performance composites for aerospace s. The addition of Henkel’s benzoxazine-based composites business further strengthens KAE’s growth, sales and market position.

Included in the acquisition are benzoxazine-based prepregs, film adhesives and infusion resins. Several of these products have been qualified for the aerospace market.

Kaneka will continue to seek acquisitions and partnership opportunities with the goal of achieving more than US$200 million in aerospace sales by 2025.

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