This issue of Adhesives & Sealants Industry magazine brings the ASI Top 25, our exclusive ranking of the top 25 worldwide manufacturers of adhesives and sealants. ASI combined reader survey information with details from company websites, annual reports and press releases to compile the rankings. Included with each company’s listing are contact information, estimated 2013 sales figures (if publishable), and a company profile.

In some cases, revenue figures were provided by company representatives; all details were verified whenever possible. While our staff made every effort to seek out the top companies in the industry, some companies may have been inadvertently omitted. We will work throughout the year to provide any changes or updates for our online version of the ASI Top 25 and in next year’s ASI Top 25 issue. To include your company in our listing, please contact managing editor Teresa McPherson at

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1. 3M
3M Center
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
Estimated 2013 revenue: $30,871,000,000

3M is a science-based company that produces thousands of imaginative products and leads a range of markets—from health care and highway safety to office products, abrasives and adhesives. Full-year 2013 earnings were $6.72 per share, an increase of 6.3%. Sales increased 3.2% to $30.9 billion. Acquisitions added 1.4% to sales, and foreign currency reduced sales by 1.6%.

In 2014, 3M reached an innovation milestone with the issuance of 52 patents, moving the company’s total number of patents past the 100,000 mark. The company was also recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2014 for a decade of energy management achievements with the EPA ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award for the 10th year in a row. 3M is reportedly the only industrial company in the world to achieve this milestone.
Source: Annual report, press releases


2. Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
40191 Düsseldorf, Germany
Estimated 2013 revenue: $22,175,300,000 (”16,355 million)

Henkel operates worldwide in three business areas: Laundry & Home Care, Cosmetics/Toiletries and Adhesive Technologies. Adhesives, sealants and surface treatments from Henkel serve the transportation, electronics, aerospace, metal, durable goods, consumer goods, maintenance, and repair and packaging industries, with a range of products for the craftsman and consumer.

Sales in the fiscal year 2013 remained slightly below the prior-year level. The Adhesive Technologies business unit continued its profitable growth trend in the fiscal year 2013. Sales for the unit were €8,117 million (~ $11,035 million), vs. €8,256 million (~ $11,224 million) in the previous year.

In September 2013, Henkel announced the inauguration of what is reportedly the world’s largest adhesives factory in Shanghai. With this new production facility, the company is expanding its production capacity in a major emerging market and intends to deliver its adhesive technologies more quickly to the growing number of customers based in China and the Asia-Pacific region. The new factory, known as the “Dragon Plant” at Henkel, comprises 150,000 sq. m. of space, and is now the central production site for industrial adhesives in China and the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition, the company announced in late 2013 that it had joined forces with five companies in a new collaborative initiative, “Together for Sustainability.” Henkel will reportedly work with BASF, Bayer MaterialScience, Evonik Industries, LANXESS and Solvay to harmonize the complex supply management and optimize the joint dialogue with global business partners. The sustainability collaboration reportedly holds the basic idea of “an audit for one is an audit for all,” meaning that audit reports are available to all member companies, and the results of supplier assessments are shared on a web-based platform. This exchange can enable the suppliers to do only one “self-assessment” or a single audit in future years, and helps to standardize the assessments and audit criteria globally.
Source: Annual report, press releases


3. Illinois Tool Works Inc.
3600 West Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60026
Estimated 2013 revenue: $14,135,000,000

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered components and industrial systems and consumables. The company’s Polymers & Fluids business segment includes adhesives, sealants, lubrication and cutting fluids, janitorial and hygiene products, and fluids and polymers for auto aftermarket maintenance and appearance; its businesses and brands include Plexus, Permatex, TACC, and Schnee-Morehead. Revenue for the division was $1,993 million in 2013.
Source: Company website


4. Huntsman
10003 Woodloch Forest Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Estimated 2013 revenue: $11,079,000,000

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging.

The company reported full-year revenue of $11,079 million, compared to $11,187 for the prior year. Net income attributable to Huntsman Corp. was $41 million, compared to a net loss of $40 million in the prior year.

In early 2013, Huntsman announced plans to launch a global transformational change program across its Advanced Materials division as part of an ongoing strategic plan reportedly designed to improve the company’s manufacturing efficiencies, enhance commercial excellence, and ensure its long-term global competitiveness. The company reportedly expected benefits to the business in the range of $70 million.

In addition, in 2013 the company opened an Asia Pacific Technology Center (ATC) in Shanghai’s Minhang Economic & Technological Development Zone. The $40 million facility reportedly formed an integrated technology and innovation campus together with the existing technology center that was opened in 2008. The state-of-the-art facility includes machine halls, laboratories and offices, and can accommodate up to 400 workers.
Source: Annual report, press releases


5. Avery Dennison
Charles D. Miller Corporate Center
150 North Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103-3596
Estimated 2013 revenue: $6,140,000,000

Avery Dennison develops innovative solutions for the global adhesives market. The company specializes in pressure-sensitive technology and self-adhesive office and consumer products.

In 2013, the company created a Global Client Service Laboratory at its Innovation Center in Mentor, Ohio, intended to help customers reduce the time to market for new durable label products by accelerating the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification process. In addition, in 2014 Avery Dennison received the Flexographic Technical Association’s Environmental Excellence Award for Innovations in Sustainability. The company was recognized for its CleanFlake™ portfolio of label materials developed to advance the recycling of PET containers.
Source: Annual report, press releases


6. Sika AG
Zugerstrasse 50
6341 Baar, Switzerland
Estimated 2013 revenue: $5,712,000,000 (5.142 billion CHF)

Sika AG supplies the building, construction industry and manufacturing industries with products for sealing, bonding, damping, reinforcing, and protecting load-bearing structures.

In 2013, Sika acquired five companies with a total of 1,058 employees and annualized sales of CHF 372 million: AkzoNobel’s Building Adhesives business (Europe), Everbuild (UK), Texsa (India and Mexico), Optiroc (Singapore and Malaysia) and Radmix (Australia).
Source: Company website


7. Dow Corning Corp.
Corporate Center
P.O. Box 994
Midland, MI 48686-0994
Estimated 2013 revenue: $5,710,000,000

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, the company offers more than 7,000 products.

In July 2013, Dow Corning joined imec, a leading research center for the advancement of nanoelectronics. The announcement reportedly signaled expanded opportunities for both organizations to combine their expertise toward the development and broader adoption of 3D integrated circuit (IC) packaging technologies, wherein IC chips are stacked in vertical 3D architectures.
Source: Annual report


8. MACtac
4560 Darrow Rd.
Stow, OH 44224
Parent company: Bemis Co. Inc.
Estimated 2013 revenue: $5,000,000,000

MACtac is a global leader in the manufacture and supply of pressure-sensitive adhesives. With manufacturing and distribution facilities in 14 countries and a strong presence and base in North America, the company serves industries including labeling, graphic design, packaging, digital imaging, assembly engineering, solar, automotive assembly, medical device assembly, and more.

In 2013, the company announced its Roll Label secured Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Recognition for overlamination after printing on durable films with Environmental Film III No Wax Inks, now providing certification on the entire construction. When using UL-recognized MACtac products, converters reportedly have pre-approved compliance, which means no new testing is required—only a paper transfer, which can be submitted through an Internet portal or by email or phone. Using pre-approved products can reportedly save up to 12 weeks of inconvenient testing.
Source: Company contact


9. Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.
180 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Estimated 2013 revenue: $4,890,000,000
Parent company: Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC

Momentive Specialty Chemicals produces epoxy, phenolic, and coating resins (net sales of $3,126 million in 2013) and forest product resins ($1,764 million). Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (MPM), also a full subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings, produces silicones and related products, as well as products produced with quartz and specialty ceramics. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April 2013, and received final authorization for access to financing in May. “With the Court’s final approval of our $570 million DIP [debtor in possession] financing, MPM now has access to $140 million of additional liquidity to supplement cash from operations as needed,” said Craig O. Morrison, chairman, president and CEO.
Source: Annual report, company website


10. RPM International Inc.
2628 Pearl Rd.
P.O. Box 777
Medina, OH 44258
Estimated 2013 revenue: $4,078,655,000

RPM International Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials, and related services that focus on both industrial and consumer markets. Companies in its industrial products group, which brought in 65% of sales in 2013, include Tremco and Universal Sealants, while DAP, Rust-Oleum and others serve the consumer sector and earned the remaining 35% of sales last year. RPM has more than 10,500 employees in its 93 facilities, which are located in 23 countries around the world.

Fiscal 2013 consolidated net sales were $4.08 billion, up 8% from $3.78 billion in fiscal 2012. Net income declined 54.3%, from $215.9 million to $98.6 million.
Source: Annual report, company website


1144 E. Newport Center Dr.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Estimated 2013 revenue: $3,118,000,000

Established in 1937, MAPEI Group is a privately owned global corporation headquartered in Milan, Italy, with 70 subsidiaries, including 64 plants in 31 countries. The company specializes in manufacturing chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls. In addition, MAPEI is a world leader in the manufacturing of mortars, grouts, adhesives, and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings.

The Americas are home to 25 MAPEI Group manufacturing and distribution facilities, as well as the headquarters locations for MAPEI Corp. and Polyglass USA in Deerfield Beach, Fla. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer; the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings, and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. Most MAPEI Americas facilities are certified to the ISO 9001 Standard for Quality Management Systems.
Source: Company contact


12. Bostik SA
Immeuble Le Jade
253 Avenue du President Wilson
F-93211 La Plaine Saint-Denis, France
Estimated 2012 revenue: $2,048,260,000
Parent company: Total Group

Bostik manufactures and supplies adhesives and sealants for markets including personal care and hygiene, construction, transportation, packaging, and industrial assembly. Nearly two-thirds of the company’s sales are in Europe, Middle East and Africa, with the remainder split fairly evenly between the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. Over half of sales are for the industry sector, with construction bringing in roughly 30% and the consumer sector about 20%. Bostik has 4,800 employees in more than 40 countries.

Late last year, the company launched a rebranding campaign that included a new logo, along with the “Smart Adhesives” tagline. “The new logo reflects who we are,” said Bernard Pinatel, chairman and CEO. “We are a technology leader that has been developing innovative adhesive solutions for more than a century. We know how to make smart adhesives: functional products that do a lot more than just stick things together.”
Source: Company website


13. H.B. Fuller
P.O. Box 64683
1200 Willow Lake Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55164-0683
Estimated 2013 revenue: $2,047,000,000

H.B. Fuller provides adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products for markets and applications including packaging, building and construction, paper converting, woodworking adhesives, general assembly adhesives and laminates, person hygiene and nonwovens, tile and floor adhesive products, and polymers.

In May 2013, H.B. Fuller acquired Plexbond Quimica, a provider of chemical polyurethane specialties and polyester resins. “With this acquisition, we will take a step forward on two important elements of our strategic plan—establishing a manufacturing presence in Brazil and accelerating our growth in the flexible packaging market,” said Jim Owen, president and CEO.

H.B. Fuller opened a new $10 million manufacturing facility in Colombia in May of this year. The 20,770-sq-m plant is expected to provide increased production capacity, a new technical laboratory for hygienic products and better access to the country’s second-largest airport.
Source: Annual report, company website


14. LORD Corp.
111 Lord Dr.
Cary, NC 27511-7923
Estimated 2013 revenue: $880,000,000

LORD Corp. is a diversified technology and manufacturing company developing highly reliable adhesives, coatings, motion management devices, and sensing technologies that significantly reduce risk and improve product performance. For 90 years, LORD has worked in collaboration with its customers to provide innovative aerospace, defense, automotive and industrial solutions. With world headquarters in Cary, N.C., and 2013 revenues in excess of $880 million, LORD has more than 3,000 employees in 26 countries, and operates 16 manufacturing facilities and eight R&D centers worldwide. LORD actively promotes STEM education and many other community engagement initiatives.

In 2013, the company announced it received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the Richard L. McNeel Business Center. The 50,000-sq-ft building honors the company’s former president and CEO, Rick McNeel. With the capacity to accommodate 165 employees, the new facility reportedly supports LORD’s plans for future expansion at its world headquarters in Cary, N.C.
Source: Company contact


15. Royal Adhesives & Sealants
2001 W. Washington Ave.
South Bend, IN 46628
Parent company: Royal Holdings Inc.
Estimated 2013 revenue: $550,000,000

Royal Adhesives & Sealants is a manufacturer and marketer of high-performance adhesives, sealants, encapsulants, and specialty polymers used in a variety of markets, including aerospace and defense, automotive, recreational vehicle, bus, truck and trailer, marine, assembly, electrical/electronic, filter, printing, packaging and laminating, roofing, and flooring.
Source: Company contact


16. Jowat Corp.
5608 Uwharrie Rd.
Archdale, NC 27263
Parent company: Jowat AG
Estimated 2013 revenue: $430,000,000

The Jowat Corp. was established in 1979 as a subsidiary of Jowat AG (established in 1919). The company manufactures adhesives used in industrial applications, including wood and furniture, paper and packaging, construction, structural wood, upholstery, mattress and foam converting, graphics and bookbinding, automotive, textile, and assembly.
Source: Company contact


17. Franklin International
2020 Bruck St.
Columbus, OH 43207

Franklin International manufactures adhesives for the domestic and global wood furniture, millwork, construction and engineered-lamination markets. It also provides pressure-sensitive adhesives for office products and food packaging, and specialty polymers to various companies to formulate or use them in fiberglass, filter fabrication and nonwovens.
Source: Company contact


18. Gardner-Gibson
4161 E 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

Gardner-Gibson is a manufacturer of roof coatings, waterproofing coatings, pavement sealers, caulks, wall repair patching and wallpaper adhesives. The company operates 12 manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located throughout the U.S.


19. Adhesives Research Inc.
400 Seaks Run Rd.
Glen Rock, PA 17327

Adhesives Research is one of the world’s leading independent developers of high-performance, custom pressure-sensitive adhesives, tapes, coatings, specialty films and laminates.


20. Adhesive Films Inc.
4 Barnet Rd., P.O. Box 651
Pine Brook, NJ 07058

Adhesive Films Inc. provides heat-activated and pressure-sensitive adhesives for thousands of uses in a variety of industries. Adhesive Films is a solvent-free manufacturer preserving the environment while providing products for the most extreme settings.


21. Uniseal Inc.
1014 Uhlhorn St.
Evansville, IN 47710
Parent company: Koch Enterprises Inc.

Uniseal is a supplier of adhesive and sealant systems for automotive and industrial markets. The company’s product line contributes to all major automotive processes of assembly, including body, paint, and trim shop applications.
Source: Company contact


22. Yokohama Industries Americas Inc.
103 Kuhlman Dr.
Versailles, KY 40383
Parent company: Yokohma Rubber Co. Ltd.

In 1989, Yokohama Hydex established YH America to meet the ever-growing demands of U.S. automakers. YH America’s Sealant Division, located in Versailles, Ky., is a global supplier of high-performance glass bonding adhesive systems to the transportation industry. YH America Inc. (Sealant Division) changed the company name to Yokohama Industries Americas Inc. (Sealant Division) in April 2014.
Source: Company contact


23. Evans Adhesive Corp. Ltd.
925 Old Henderson Rd.
Columbus, OH 43220
Parent company: Evans Capital Corp.

Evans Adhesive Corp. was founded in 1900 and incorporated in 1902 as The Commercial Paste Co. It has been in the Evans family since 1920. With headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, and additional manufacturing facilities in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Evans is one of America’s leading manufacturers of industrial adhesives.

Financial results for fiscal 2013 were “Good to excellent,” said Rusty Thompson, president and CEO. “We hit our top-line goals, while investing in our infrustructure. We added 10% to our head count and are well positioned for the future. In mid-2013, we applied for and were granted/became a certified diversity owned company by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). We just received our renewal for 2015 as well. We are one of two adhesive manufactures who have a diversity or minority certification. We look to promote and use this certification where applicable for customers needing to track diversity spending for their company goals.”
Source: Company contact


24. Sashco
10300 E. 107th Pl.
Brighton, CO 80601

Founded in 1936, Sashco manufactures high-quality sealants and finishing products for conventional, log and wood structures.


25. Polymeric Systems Inc.
47 Park Ave.
P.O. Box 522
Elverson, PA 19520

Polymeric Systems is a leading manufacturer of specialty adhesives and sealants for the commercial construction industry, industrial/OEM applications and the DIY market. The company’s innovative and environmentally friendly products help customers in over 45 countries to seal, repair, rebuild and restore almost everything.
Source: Company contact


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