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Solar Panels Will Supply Energy for Henkel's Laundry Labs

The washers and dryers in the laundry laboratories at Henkel’s new North American consumer products headquarters in Scottsdale are now running on solar power, thanks to the recent installation of solar panels on the roof of the building.

The solar panels will provide 56,700 kilowatts of electricity a year to run the washers and dryers in the labs. Excess power from the solar panels is fed into the building grid. Henkel estimates that the solar panels will offset 83,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year and 2.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the life of the system.

Henkel uses the washers and dryers in its laundry labs to develop and test innovative new laundry products such as Purex(R) Complete 3-in-1(TM) laundry sheets, which combine detergent, fabric softener and anti-static in one sheet. Henkel is also in the process of installing a solar thermal water heating system that will provide hot water for the laboratories. This system will provide 15 million BTUs of energy per year and will offset 28,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

An online photo gallery that includes pictures of the new headquarters building and the solar panels is now available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/henkelna/sets/

The new headquarters building, which was dedicated on March 3, 2009, is home to 800 employees who develop and market some of America’s best-known consumer brands, including Dial(R) soaps and body washes, Purex(R) laundry detergents, Renuzit(R) air fresheners, and Right Guard(R) antiperspirants.

The 348,000 square foot building is located at the intersection of North Scottsdale Road and the 101 Freeway. The new building was carefully designed to incorporate a number of sustainable features. Henkel is applying for LEED certification for the building from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification provides independent verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures.

For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands and technologies that make people’s lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel operates in three business areas – Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesive Technologies – and is ranked among the Fortune Global 500 companies. More than 60 percent of Henkel’s sales are in fast-moving consumer goods, while the industrial business accounts for almost 40 percent of the company’s total sales. In fiscal 2008, Henkel generated sales of 14.131 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of 1.46 billion euros. Our more than 55,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our corporate claim, “A Brand like a Friend,” and ensuring that people in more than 125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.

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