Henkel AG has broken ground on a 35,000sq.ft expansion of its production facility in Brandon, South Dakota in the United States. The expanded facility will bring state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities. Also, it will allow Henkel to increase production of thermal interface materials (TIM) used to manufacture high-performance electronics and electric vehicles (EV).
“The investment in our Brandon facility is a key part of our commitment to create value through our operations and supply chain infrastructure to efficiently meet the growing demand of our customers,” said Christof Becker, Senior Vice President Operations and Supply Chain, Henkel Americas. “The expansion demonstrates our ambition to implement advanced production technologies and capabilities across our manufacturing network. We are thankful for the ongoing support and partnership from the City of Brandon, Brandon Development Foundation, and the State of South Dakota as we pursue our strategy of purposeful growth.”
Henkel’s Brandon facility manufactures TIM adhesives under the leading brands Loctite and Bergquist. Specifically, the electronics and automotive industry use these materials, with a particular focus on next-generation EV capabilities and components. With an increasing demand on domestic EV manufacturing, TIMs become an essential part of the supply chain. Primarily. these materials support safe and efficient battery performance during charging and discharging cycles.
Also, as part of Henkel’s commitment to build value through comprehensive sustainable operations strategies, it will pursue LEED certification for both the expansion and existing facility. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It promotes the use of efficient building strategies that are good for people as well as the environment.
The company’s facility in Brandon was built in 2009, covers 36,000 square feet, and employs 120 employees. The expansion will create approximately 20 new jobs and is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2023. Henkel has bankrolled around US$30 million in investment in Brandon, which was initially announced in October 2021.