Henkel Adhesive Technologies strengthens its capabilities for predictive maintenance solutions by investing in Direct-C LTD (Direct-C), Edmonton, Canada. The company has developed a sophisticated sensor technology for the early detection of hydrocarbon leakages. With the investment, Henkel aims to further expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business and to drive the implementation of innovative digital applications.

Henkel Adhesive Technologies is a provider of MRO solutions in more than 800 different industry segments. Adhesives and sealants under the Loctite brand are used in the maintenance of production machinery and equipment in oil and gas plants, steel mills, car factories, mining equipment, and power turbines around the globe. With the recent launch of Loctite Pulse, Henkel offers a portfolio of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) solutions designed to minimize downtime, save maintenance costs, and underpin safety, as well as sustainability. 

Founded in 2014, Direct-C has developed a polymer nanocomposite sensor material that is adaptable to various polymer matrices and sensing parameters. The technology is specifically designed to react to liquid hydrocarbons and provides a sophisticated leak detection solution for the integrity monitoring of the oil and gas infrastructure. The technology enables significantly enhanced response times to unexpected incidents and helps limit cost-intensive unplanned production downtimes.

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