Jowat SE produces industrial adhesives for a range of applications, including woodworking and furniture manufacturing, paper and packaging, graphic arts, textiles, automotive, and electrical/electronics. Founded in 1919, the company remains a family-owned business. Its manufacturing facilities are located in: Detmold and Elsteraue, Germany; High Point, N.C., Buchrain, Switzerland; and Bandar Baru Enstek, Malaysia. About two-thirds of Jowat's employees are located in Europe, with most of those in Germany. The remainder of the company's workforce is in North and South America, as well as the Asia-Pacific region.

For the fourth consecutive year, Jowat was named a Best Managed Company. The Best Managed Companies (BMC) program is a competition organized in Germany by Deloitte Private, Credit Suisse, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) for successful enterprises from Germany’s Mittelstand. "We are delighted to have been honored with the Best Managed Company title in 2023 again," said Ralf Nitschke, member of the Board of Directors at Jowat SE, at the award ceremony in Düsseldorf on May 25, 2023.

The company continues to invest in research and development.

NOTES: In June of 2023, the company announced it had received ISCC PLUS certification for its German manufacturing locations in Detmold and Elsteraue. The accreditation allows the company to manufacture sustainable adhesive using the mass balance approach. "The first ISCC PLUS certification is an important step for the entire Jowat Group and strengthens our strategy to increase the sustainability of adhesive bonding," said Dr. Christian Terfloth, member of the Board of Directors at Jowat SE. "The mass balance approach provides a great opportunity for the chemical industry. It enables us to actively and successfully take part in the European Green Deal."

In September 2023, the company hosted its first Jowat Forum: Bonding & Packaging. With a focus on sustainability, over 70 experts from science and industry participated in the event that included presentations, specialized workshops, and an exchange platform.

In March of 2024, Jowat inaugurated a new manufacturing location in China. Located in Zhejiang province, around 70 kilometers from Shanghai, the new facility is set to produce approximately 9,000 tonnes of adhesives annually for the Asian market. Focused on water-based dispersion adhesives and solutions for the consumer electronics market, the facility spans over 11,000 square meters and has production and storage facilities ad well as a research and development center.

Opening image courtesy of Jowat Corp.

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Detmold, Germany
Board of Directors: Klaus Kullman; Ralf Nitschke; Christian Terfloth, Ph.D.
Sources: company website, company contact, press releases

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