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UKIVA Machine Vision Conference



Join us on 15 July 2021 on the MVC Technology Presentation Hub and explore eight online seminar theatres. (more)

PPMA Show 2021

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2021 will be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and (more)

Southern Manufacturing

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6TQ)

06/10/2021 - 07/10/2021

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (more)

Henkel’s hotmelt restores the boy king’s mask

Henkel’s hotmelt restores the boy king’s mask

Henkel doesn’t just manufacture and supply adhesives, it also uses its knowledge to create the very best bonding solution for the job. Many manufacturers benefit from this service that calls on both standard and bespoke formulations to optimise the process. Recently, however, Henkel’s expertise was put to test by a very different application.

The 3,000 year-old golden mask of King Tut Ankh Amun is housed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. During a routine cleaning procedure the beard fell off and it was hastily, but improperly, glued back in position, sadly causing further damage.  

On hearing of the museum’s plight, Henkel offered its help, not only to remove the incorrectly used epoxy glue but also to develop a customised hotmelt adhesive. This is the type of adhesive that is commonly used in the UK to encapsulate delicate electronic components.

Henkel developed a method to remove the epoxy from the mask without leaving any residue and also recommended the hotmelt alternative that could withstand the high ambient temperatures in Egypt and vibration caused during transportation.  

At the press conference held to unveil the newly restored mask, the head of the restoration project highlighted Henkel’s role: “The competent advice and support from the research experts at Henkel made a significant contribution to the project’s success,” concluded Christian Eckmann of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz.


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