DETROIT - Five years after introducing its alternative to hard rubber gaskets, Loctite Corp. USA is expanding its product base with four new chemical compounds.
The supplier of adhesives, sealants and coatings said the additions bring to 10 the number of variations on its 'FastGasket' technology. FastGasket is a process of making silicone layers on a vehicle that cures in place to perform the same function as a traditional gasket.
Loctite, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, said the new variations will include:
A heat and fluid-resistant material for sealing valve covers, transaxle pans, radiators and water pumps.
A material with high elongation for use on brake modules and timing belt covers.
A water-resistant foam that doubles in size when curing in order to fill large gaps and provide damping.
A fuel-resistant material to use on fuel injectors, cam covers fuel lines and intake manifolds.
Loctite claims that it can dramatically reduce the costs associated with gaskets. Charles Evans, a Loctite vice president and Automotive Group general manager, said that a rubber gasket that costs a supplier or automaker between $5 and $7 could be replaced by a Loctite application for about $1 each.
Two years ago, German consumer and industrial goods conglomerate Henkel bought out the family controlled Loctite.