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New Henkel Video: How Loctite® Threadlockers and Retaining Compounds Enhance Polaris Snowmobile Durability

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Henkel Corporation
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Rocky Hill, CT, 06067
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Press release date: May 5, 2014

Anaerobic Adhesives Help Fasteners and Interference Fits Endure Punishment of Extreme Sports

Rocky Hill, Conn. – A new video from Henkel Corporation goes inside the Polaris manufacturing facility to show how the company is using Loctite® anaerobic threadlockers and retaining compounds to enhance the durability of its snowmobiles. In the video, available at www.youtube.com/watch vdcK_uzF_EHg, engineers from Polaris explain why they trust Loctite® anaerobics and discuss specific applications where the adhesives are used. Polaris sleds are the choice of competitive snocross racers and X Games athletes because they are built to endure the punishment of full-out driving maneuvers, high loads and even crashes.

Polaris engineers explain in the video that their sleds must function safely and reliably under severe conditions and never fail under stress or at high operating temperatures. These machines must endure wide temperature fluctuations, hard landings, vibration and extreme impacts. The video shows that there are two main types of Loctite® anaerobic adhesives used on the sleds. Threadlockers secure all threaded fasteners throughout the machine, eliminating the possibility of vibrational loosening. Retaining compounds reduce the dimensional precision required for interference fits, enabling engineers to design robust, lightweight joints at reduced cost and in less time. The video illustrates many of the actual applications for these two technologies.

In addition to Polaris engineers, the video interviews professional snocross racer and freestyle rider Levi LaVallee, who has earned nine Winter X Games medals including six golds, and who holds the world record for the 412.5-foot distance jump achieved on his snowmobile in 2010. LaVallee discusses both the reliability of Polaris sleds and the power of Loctite® adhesives in preventing equipment failure.

For additional information on Loctite® threadlockers and retaining compounds, visit www.loctiteretaining.com or call 1-800-LOCTITE (800-562-8483).

HENKEL IN NORTH AMERICA
Henkel markets a wide range of well-known consumer and industrial brands in North America, including Dial® soaps, Purex® laundry detergents, Right Guard® antiperspirants, got2b® hair gels, and Loctite® adhesives. Visit www.henkelna.com for more information.

ABOUT HENKEL
Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business areas: Laundry Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions both in the consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil®, Schwarzkopf® and Loctite®. Henkel employs about 47,000 people, and reported sales of $21.8 billion and adjusted operating profit of $3.3 billion in fiscal 2013. Henkel's preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.

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Henkel Corporation
Engineering Adhesives
One Henkel Way
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Tel: 1-800-LOCTITE (562-8483)
Tel: 860-571-5100
www.henkelna.com/industrial
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