Henkel Adhesive Technologies and US-based DropWise Technologies have signed a joint-development agreement focused on hydrophobic surface treatments. DropWise is a Cambridge, Massachusetts company with lab-scale manufacturing expertise in advanced hydrophobic coatings. "Together with DropWise we can combine their unique technologies with our global market access and know-how in coatings to generate profitable growth for both partners in the future,” commented Henkel Adhesive Technologies corporate senior vice-president Mike Olosky. The hydrophobic surface treatments at the center of this collaboration are suitable for industrial heat exchangers including steam condensers in power plants, heating-ventilation, automotive air-conditioning, and chemical processes. The collaboration agreement will expand Henkels’ global footprint in the surface treatment market.