Exhibitor Interview: Denis Ditzel, Business Development Manager at LORD Corporation

Denis Ditzel is Business Development Manager for electronic materials at Lord, where he
denis supports the global expansion of Lord thermal management solutions. We spoke to Denis ahead of Lord's exhibit to find out more about its unique safety systems, the new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pont de l’lsère, and the EV industry’s transition to gap fillers for its thermal management needs.

What would you pick out as Lord’s most significant contribution to optimising thermal management in the EV powertrain?

Our most significant contribution in the thermal management space is our portfolio of gap fillers, which can be used as a direct replacement for thermal pads. Thermal pads have been used for many years, starting in the microelectronics industry. When compared with pads, our gap fillers offer less waste, more flexible design freedom, lower costs and easier rework. The EV industry is starting to favour gap fillers for those very reasons, and Lord is proud to have enabled this transition. Our products are tailored to the customer’s needs, and we move fast to adapt to the challenges this growing market faces. Our excellent flow characteristics combined with high thermal conductivity provide an outstanding solution for the EV market.

How crucial are thermoset CoolTherm materials in the context of EV/HEV/PHEV performance?

EV adoption is mostly limited by range, reliability and cost. Our thermal management materials address each of these concerns by drawing heat away from components, which increases energy density, enables longer life and improves affordability. Optimal thermal interface materials are key for efficient and high-performing electric vehicles. Our strength is to develop materials not just for our customers but together with them, to find the thermal management solution that perfectly fits their design requirements.

Do these advanced materials positively affect affordability as well as workability?

Our products give our customers the chance to increase their existing performance, or the freedom to rethink and redesign – that’s a totally new approach. As far as affordability is concerned, our gap fillers leave less waste, and can help eliminate high costs of difficult rework and redesign.

EV fuel cell condition monitoring is important. Can you explain the role of Lord wireless temperature data acquisition systems?

Our wireless temperature data sensors are safety systems for testing and evaluating EVs. They ensure that there are no quality defects and determine the crashworthiness of the vehicles as well as the battery system. Our OEM customers are currently using them in crash testing facilities. They are looking to protect the car from further damage and want to make sure that the vehicle doesn’t put at risk any workers who are analysing the vehicle in close proximity.

What new trends do you anticipate and what market demands do you see evolving/changing over the next five years?

EVs will be a serious alternative to combustion engines as we continue to see improved range and reliability. This leads to higher cost pressure and, at the same time, higher expectations for performance like thermal conductivity, power density and weight reduction, just to name a few. We believe we will continue to see a shift away from thermal pads to more innovative thermal management materials such as gap fillers, and we are committed to creating more and more solutions in this space. I anticipate we will also see a strong growth of the infrastructure market and a demand for recycling solutions.

Could you tell us something about the CoolTherm and Thermoset series of products?

Our thermal management solutions were rebranded in 2017 as CoolTherm. We are currently building a new chemical manufacturing facility in Germany, which reaffirms our commitment to the EV space. We have a diverse multi-chemistry product portfolio that includes gap fillers, adhesives and encapsulants for use in a variety of EV applications such as battery packs, chargers and motors. Each product has different characteristics and can meet the design and performance challenges of the EV market. In addition to our best-selling products, we are always open to developing new solutions together with our customers, and pride ourselves on our world-class customer service.

Could you bring us up to date on the new, state-of-the-art European manufacturing facility in Pont de l’lsère?

We celebrated the opening of our new facility in Pont de l’lsère on 4 October 2018. We’re excited about the new facility as it positions Lord for future growth while enabling us to enhance our customer service. The 83,000ft2 facility supports Lord’s electromechanical solutions business and is 30% larger than our previous facility, with development and test labs, machining, mounting operation, a repair shop, customer service, engineering, sales and marketing, and general administration. Lord team members are hard at work and enjoying their new state-of-the-art tools and interactive work spaces – it all helps in fuelling collaboration and delivering the highest-quality products to our customers.

Lord Corporation will be exhibiting at Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe 2019 at stand 334.