Henkel, a global manufacturer of adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings, recently broke ground on a 35,000-square-foot expansion of its production facility in Brandon, South Dakota. The expanded facility will bring state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and allow Henkel to increase the production of thermal interface materials and adhesives used to manufacture high-performance electronics and electric vehicles (EV).
Henkel’s Brandon facility manufactures thermal-interface material adhesives under the brands Loctite and Bergquist, which are used in the electronics and automotive industries — with a specific focus on next-generation electric car capabilities and components.
With an increasing demand for domestic EV manufacturing, thermal-interface materials become an essential part of the supply chain, supporting safe, and efficient battery performance during charging and discharging cycles.
“The investment in our Brandon facility is a key part of the company’s commitment to create value through operations and supply chain infrastructure to efficiently meet the growing demand of our customers,” said Christof Becker, Senior Vice president of Operations and Supply Chain, Henkel Americas. “The expansion demonstrates our ambition to implement advanced production technologies and capabilities across our manufacturing network.”
As part of Henkel’s commitment to build value through comprehensive sustainable operations strategies, the company will pursue LEED certification for both the expansion and existing facility. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is currently the most widely used green building rating system in the world and promotes the use of efficient building strategies that are good for people as well as the environment.
Henkel’s Brandon facility was first built in 2009, covering 36,000 square feet and employing 120 employees. The expansion will create approximately 20 new jobs and is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2023.