One hundred years ago, Henkel began selling its first adhesive solutions to neighboring companies. From the development of laundry detergent packaging adhesives to today’s advanced solutions in more than 800 industry segments, the company's world-leading adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings are integral parts of countless consumer and industrial goods. Henkel Adhesive Technologies shares the visions of its customers and enables the development of groundbreaking innovations in areas such as sustainability, mobility, and digitalization.
“With our pioneering spirit and innovative strength, over the last 100 years, we have become the world's largest manufacturer for adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings, creating value for more than 100,000 industrial customers, as well as millions of consumers. Our next step to create value across industries around the world is to develop the sustainable solutions necessary that enable circularity and CO2 reduction,” said Mark Dorn, executive vice president, Henkel Adhesive Technologies. “Then as now, we collaborate with our customers to turn challenges into opportunities and to innovate products and solutions.”
The success of Henkel Adhesive Technologies began because the company made a virtue out of necessity. After difficulties obtaining supplies during WWI, in 1922, Henkel started to develop and produce paper, cardboard, and packaging adhesives for its own use. With the construction and start-up of its own adhesives factory, the company began selling adhesive products to neighboring companies on June 26, 1923. The first products included the painter's glue Mala and the wallpaper paste Tapa, both based on potato flour.
Adhesive Technologies has globally pioneered through patented inventions, innovation, and strategic acquisitions. Inventions include the first Pritt glue stick in 1969, which took inspiration from the twist mechanism of lipstick and revolutionized papercrafts for more than 50 years. In 2001, Pritt was given a “Space-Proof” seal of quality and was sent to the International Space Station.
In the industrial sector, adhesive solutions from Henkel have transformed production processes and product designs in automotive, electronics, packaging, and much more. The technologies provide tailored functionalities that include strong bond, sealing, coating, conductivity of heat and electricity, and recyclability. With the acquisition of the Loctite Corporation in 1997, Adhesive Technologies successfully integrated capabilities to move the business to a new level. Today, Loctite is the world's largest adhesives brand.
Henkel has demonstrated the diverse performance capabilities of its solutions in many ways over the past 100 years. In 1987, for example, Ceresit products were used in the renovation of the Great Wall of China. In 2015, Henkel developed a customized adhesive to professionally reattach the broken-off beard of Tutankhamun's famous death mask.
“We are very proud of our success story of 100 years at Henkel Adhesive Technologies. A look at the last 100 years impressively shows the continuous development of our technological know-how and market expertise. With this strong history of innovation and remarkable achievements behind us, we look forward to a bright future where Adhesive Technologies continues to make history and create the solutions of tomorrow,” said Dorn.
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