Innovation

Contributing to our customers’ value chain

Innovation is what drives our business. Whether consumer, craftsmen or industrial user, we provide superior solutions and innovative technologies.

We do this by working very closely with our customers not only to focus on  their current needs but also to understand the challenges which their businesses will face in the future. In many cases, this involves getting just as close to the machine builders who make the equipment which run their production lines. This is our understanding of what partnership means.

It explains also why Henkel has become a partner of choice for many leading companies: by offering tailor-made solutions which bring more value to customers which enable them in turn to achieve higher levels of performance.


Current Innovations

Investment in display technology start-up Vitriflex

Henkel Adhesives Technologies, the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide, is further driving its innovation capabilities and leadership forward. As part of its innovation strategy, the company is continuously strengthening its technical scouting. The most recent result is the signing of a joint-development agreement with US-based Vitriflex, Inc.

Henkel established a comprehensive foresight management and scouting process in 2012 to anticipate future market needs and applications. Since then, the systematic and strategic evaluation of new business opportunities has become a critical element in driving the companies´ global innovation leadership.

Start-up investment for flexible display technologies

Founded in San Jose, California in 2010, Vitriflex has developed a unique ultra-barrier film technology that utilizes a proprietary roll-to-roll technique to deliver high-performance barrier films in an easy-to-integrate form factor. Barrier films protect electronic components against moisture and oxygen ingress. This invention offers the first time ever cost competitive flexible barrier film technology for the display market. Under the terms of its agreement with Henkel, the ultra-barrier film innovator will work with Henkel technology experts to develop customized, integrated barrier film solutions for flexible displays.