Milestones

From Granocoat to Loctite, from Shanghai to South Africa, from soft drinks to road cars ….
Explore the history of Henkel Adhesive Technologies! You will be exposed to the most important global brands, see the milestones and learn about key innovations.

1881

In Hannover, Germany, Ferdinand Sichel (1859 - 1930) succeeded in making the world's first ready-to-use decorator's glue. Henkel acquired the Sichel Werke AG Hannover in 1962.


1888

Ferdinand Sichel developed the first ready-to-use wallpaper paste. The decorator's glue of 1881 and Sichel wallpaper paste revolutionized centuries-old working methods in just a short time and significantly improved the results.

1905

1905 saw the official birth of Bitumenwerke GmbH in Datteln. The patented product manufactured at this plant was a bituminous emulsion for waterproofing cellars which was to become the basis for an internationally successful brand: Ceresit.


1906

The company Cordes & Co GmbH was founded in Minden on the Weser. It became a specialist in adhesives, especially (in later years) synthetic resin dispersion adhesives for the wallcoverings industry. In 1970 Cordes was acquired by Henkel.

1913

In Düsseldorf, the chemist Otto Kossack began to produce adhesives and various care products for household use. In 1925, Kossack-Chemie took over Hooco-AG and with it the floor polish brand Dompfaff, which was very well known in Germany. Kossack became part of Henkel in 1967.


1914

Initial tests with substitute adhesives made from water-glass start.

1915

By acquiring Parker Chemicals (1987) and Amchem Products Inc (1980), two respected specialists in the fields of surface treatment and adhesives, Henkel built up its market position in the USA.

1923

In the aftermath of the occupation of the Rhineland by Allied troops, the supply of adhesives for the packaging of Persil becomes unreliable. As a result, Henkel decides to manufacture adhesives for its own needs. Soon, local interest in our adhesives arises and on June 22 1923 the first adhesive delivery leaves the plant. A new business is born. Over time Henkel becomes one of the leading producers of adhesives worldwide.

Henkel starts to market starch- and dextrin-based adhesives and pastes for packaging, bags, cartons, wallpaper, labels, bookbinding, and the tobacco industry. It also produces office glues, initially for gumming, and subsequently for manufacturing envelopes and laminating fine paper.


1928

Henkel-Kleister-trocken [dry paste] was launched, followed in 1929 by Mala, a decorator's glue that was soluble in cold water. These two products were of major importance for the competitiveness of Henkel adhesives.

The export of adhesives, especially to neighbouring countries, begins. From 1929, products are also exported to Australia and South America. By 1933, Henkel subsidiaries have been established in Switzerland, the four Scandinavian countries, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Italy.

1934

In Düsseldorf, Henkel's first factory for dextrin, an alternative raw material for adhesives, became operational.


1935

Cellulose is developed as a raw material for the production of adhesives. The new patented raw material is named carboxymethylcellulose (abbreviated to CMC).

1936

The cellulose derivative Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) made its market debut as Henkel-Zellkleister Z 5, a paste powder that was soluble in cold water. It is launched as the Company's first cellulose product for decorators & renovators. In 1937, a second cellulose product appeared: Henkel Zelluloseleim [cellulose glue]. These products are regarded as milestones in Henkel's development of adhesives. At the same time the government prohibited the use of grain and potato starch for industrial purposes. As a result, in 1937, Sichel also started to use cellulose.

1938

The first synthetic resin glues are used for bookbinding.

1939

Pressal products - new plywood glues based on synthetic resin - enable Henkel to expand its business into the joinery trade and the furniture industry.

1940

Relatin flakes, which are cellulose-based, become an interesting base material for the production of adhesives and detergents.
In 1942, Henkel produced the paste-like cellulose product Rinosil.


1944

The adhesive plant's production was farmed out to Glogau in Silesia and Riva S.A. in Mulhouse in Alsace. After the war, Riva continued to use Henkel know-how to produce adhesives and wallcoverings paste and thus contributed to the retention of the adhesive brand names in France. Henkel acquired Riva in 1953.

1945

In early March, the Production of Adhesives had to be stopped. From July 20, the British military government gradually granted permission for the production of detergents, P3, water-glass and adhesives.

1946

The rust remover Lavoxyd (P3) was launched in March.

The first Thomsit flooring adhesive - Thomsit A for linoleum - is launched.

Copydex is founded in England. Initially it products latex adhesives, and later building chemicals. Copydex becomes part of the Henkel Group in 1986.

1947

In Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA, Darold Thiem opened a plant for foundry chemicals. In the early 1960s, the company expanded into the field of sealants for the automotive industry. (1996: acquired by Henkel)

1949

Oleton, an oil-free paint binder, makes weatherproof external coatings and wipe-proof internal coatings possible.

1950

Adhesin is launched. It is the first of a new generation of adhesives (synthetic resin dispersions based on polyvinyl acetate) that set very quickly. These adhesives are especially suited for bookbinding and the packaging industry.

Nigritella GmbH was founded in Basel as the Swiss agency of the Düsseldorf adhesives facility and the P3 department.

The Melvin A. Anderson Company, specializing in the production of adhesive tapes for industrial applications, was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. (As Manco Inc, it was taken over by Henkel in 1998)


1953

In February production started in the Metylan factory. The milestone in wallpaper applications – our traditional quality for lightweight paper wallcoverings. Formula based on high quality methyl cellulose. High yield, suitable for pasting machines, dries transparent. Can also be used for crafting with paper materials.

Henkel acquires the French company, Riva S.A., Mulhouse, which had begun producing and marketing adhesives and wallpaper pastes after 1945, using Henkel know-how. In 1955, a number of companies in the Saarland are merged to form the Henkel production company Unichima. Unichima merges with Riva in 1967 to create Henkel France, Henkel's biggest non-German subsidiary in Europe.

Vernon K. Krieble, a chemistry professor of German descent at Trinity College Hartford, Connecticut, discovers a revolutionary anaerobic adhesive. In 1956, he founds a company that subsequently becomes Loctite Corporation.

A plant for the production of melamine resin films is constructed in the Düsseldorf adhesives facility, and production of rubber-based adhesives and alginates commences.

1954

Henkel extends its product range by taking over the sale of Bayer's alkyd-based binders Membranit and Membranol.

A new type of rubber-based underseal made Teroson a popular brand name among German motorists.

1955

New adhesives based on epoxy resins make it possible to form high-strength bonds between metals, glass, etc. The brands are Metallon for industry and Stabilit for the home.

Pattex contact adhesives can be used for a wide range of applications in the craft and household sectors. Pattex becomes a generic term and an umbrella brand for powerful adhesives. Henkel becomes the first adhesives producer to introduce hotmelts based on natural resins.

In São Paulo, Henkel do Brasil SA was founded and began DEHYDAG production. In 1966, an adhesives plant came on line there. In 1995, Henkel acquired the adhesives range sold under the Tenaz brand name, the market leader in the office and stationery supplies sector.

Macroplast is launched.

Acquisition of Gerhard Collardin GmbH and sales of products for conversion coatings.

1956

Henkel becomes the first adhesives producer to introduce hotmelts based on natural resins for the packaging sector. These are followed by high-frequency welding consumables for interior door trims in cars.

1958

Henkel launches Teroson silicone sealants. Over the course of the years, Teroson becomes an expert in adhesives and sealants for the automotive, housebuilding and window installation sectors.

1959

Ponal - a new type of cold-setting wood glue based on polyvinyl acetate - is launched. A broad range of wood glues is subsequently marketed in Germany under the Ponal brand. These include fast-setting Ponal Express (1977), polyurethane adhesives (1987), and Ponal Parkett (1995). Ponal Express and the parquetry products become popular in the DIY sector.

Henkel launches Ovalit, an adhesive for heavy wallcoverings.

1960

Under a license from Lord Corp., Henkel starts to produce rubber-to-metal bonding agents (Chemosil brand). These are used especially in the production of vibration-damping elements in the automotive engineering and bridge building sectors.


1962

Acquisition of Sichel-Werke, prominent in the wall covering adhesives sector since 1898. In 1961, Sichel had developed cyanoacrylate adhesives (Sicomet brand).
Henkel starts to market casein-based adhesives for labeling of glass bottles (Optal brand).

1964

Henkel South Africa gains a considerable share of the adhesives market. Adhesives production starts up in Spain. Japan follows in 1965. In 1966, an adhesives plant comes on line in Brazil.
First manufacture of Cyanoacrylates (CAs). Loctite forms a distribution agreement with Eastman, the inventors of Cyanoacrylate adhesives. A milestone in company history, this was the first major product line not invented by Loctite. Originally named Loctite 404, its unique “super glue” properties were so useful, it quickly became a success.

Saxit tile adhesive and Tangit, an adhesive system for PVC pressure pipes, were launched. Tangit was subsequently expanded into a range of specialty products and became the global market leader in the bonding of plastic pressure piping systems.

Tangit Pipe Adhesives PVC-U : Tangit PVC-U is an adhesive containing solvents on the basis of tetrahydrofurane, suitable for joints resistant to shear strain of pressure pipes (e.g. drinking water and gas pipes) with PVC-U fittings in accordance with the recommendations of the Plastic Pipe Association. It can also be used for glueing cable conduits, drain pipes etc. made of PVC-U.

Tangit Cleansers: Tangit Cleanser is a cleanser on the basis of acetone and methyletylketone. It can be used for glued joints of PVC-U, PVC-C and ABS. The product is available as a liquid as well as a ready-to-use tissue (cleaner and cloth in one).

1965

EVA hotmelt adhesives (based on ethyl vinyl acetate) for the packaging and bookbinding sectors are launched under the Technomelt brand.

Ready-to-use filler compounds under the Dufix brand name extended the range of wallcoverings products in do-it-yourself stores.

 

1966

Introduction of Liofol polyurethane adhesives for film/film laminating. So-called flexible packaging materials are mainly used for the food sector.

1968

The adhesives range was extended by Macroplast, a solvent-free assembly adhesive, and Stabilit-express, a fast-setting, high-strength adhesive for household use.

Thompson entered the indoor plants market with the liquid fertilizer, Flora.

1969

Pritt, the first glue stick in the world, makes its debut. In the course of time, other products are introduced under this brand, underlining Henkel's growing competence in office and stationery supplies.

Exports of Pritt began in the same year, eventually making this Henkel's most widespread global brand:

Henkel starts to sell Pritt worldwide. In Japan, for example, it cooperates with Kokuyo in Osaka, the clear number one in the stationery sector. Today the Pritt stick leads the field in the important Japanese market by a wide margin, and Japan is the largest single market for the glue stick. In 1998, this success results in the formation of a joint-venture company, Kokuyo-Henkel Ltd.

1970

Henkel launches Curo antislip agents for securing palletized and piled goods.

As a result of Henkel's strategic decision to expand its adhesives business internationally, new organizational measures are taken. All of the predominantly European adhesives business becomes part of the newly-formed Inorganic Products/Adhesives (S-AK) business sector, subdivided into separate units for professional craftsmen and industrial customers.

Henkel acquires Cordes & Co, Minden (Germany), founded in 1906. Among other things, this company specializes in synthetic resin dispersion adhesives for the wallcoverings industry. The activities of Cordes and Sichel in permanently elastic joint sealants are united under the Sista brand. The Henkel Group becomes an international market leader in this field as well.


1971

Liofol specialty adhesives make it possible to manufacture highly heat resistant, electrically insulating composites.

1972

Loctite 353 ultraviolet (UV) curing adhesive is developed and test-marketed in Europe.

The flooring adhesives business of the Kossack, Sichel and Thompson-Siegel companies is integrated in Henkel Bautechnik under the Thomsit brand.

In England, Henkel acquired the Gordon Slater Ltd, which it renamed Henkel Chemicals Ltd. Its best known wallcoverings paste brand, Solvite, subsequently became the market leader in Great Britain.

1973

The range of adhesives and sealants for the automotive industry is expanded to include rubber-based sealants and strips (Macroplast brand).

1975

The first generation of solvent-free polyurethane adhesives for food packaging is launched under Liofol, a one-component laminating adhesive for standard applications.

1976

One of the first polyurethane assembly foams is introduced under the Assil brand, laying the foundations for a successful range of products.

1977

Henkel acquires General Mills Chemicals, Inc., including its international subsidiaries in Japan, Brazil, Mexico and Ireland. This acquisition enables Henkel to attain a significant market position with polyamides.
Based on the acquisition of General Mills, assembly hotmelts for the cable, cable fittings and electrical industries (Macromelt brand) become an important business segment.

1978

With the acquisition of Omnitechnic, Munich, anaerobically curing adhesives (omniFIT brand) are added to the Henkel range. They are of particular interest in the mechanical engineering sector. Further details: www.engineeringadhesives.com

1979

Launch of one-component, solvent-free, polyurethane assembly adhesives, mainly for the production of sandwich elements (Macroplast brand).

Pressure sensitive hotmelts are introduced for the nonwoven disposables market.

1980

Henkel introduces water-soluble hotmelts for bookbinding, packaging and labeling - a trend-setting development, especially in the context of recycling.

Loctite introduces one of its best Cyanoacrylate (CA) mediums: gel. This technology goes on to become the basis for one of the most successful CA products of all time: Loctite 401 instant gel adhesive.

Acquisition of Amchem Products Inc., USA


1981

Launch of the 2nd generation of solvent free film/foil laminating adhesives (Liofol brand) with high metal adhesion and product resistance.

1981 - 1986

Acquisition of licences of Amchem in Scandinavia, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Latin America, Australia

1982

The first aqueous rubber-to-metal bonding agent (Chemosil brand) is introduced. 

1983

Introduction of the 3rd Generation of Liofol solvent free laminating adhesives, complying with all migration regulations and suitable for all kinds of film/foil laminates.
Ultra family of silicones introduced. Henkel’s silicone products can be found in the engines of leading automotive manufacturers and other high performance applications around the world.
“Prism” Cyanoacrylates (CAs) become a very successful, worldwide marketing program, bringing together a range of the most technologically advanced Loctite CA products.

1985

New dispersion-based laminating adhesives for use in the manufacture of polished foil and rigid printed circuit boards are added to the Henkel range.
In Italy, Henkel acquires SEPA (Società Europea Produzione Adesivi S.p.A.). SEPA is the Italian market leader in adhesives for the paper converting and packaging industries. 
Henkel acquires an interest in Loctite Corp., Newington, CT (USA). Loctite is a major international manufacturer of specialty adhesives. As the inventor of anaerobic adhesives (1953), Loctite leads the world in structural bonding and is also number one in cyanoacrylate adhesives.

1987

Acquisition of Parker Chemical Co., USA
Henkel extends the production of polyurethane hotmelts to include plastic bonding, car interiors and general assembly work.

1988

Post-curing polyurethane hotmelt adhesives are introduced under the trade name Purmelt, opening up additional applications in bookbinding and offering high-performance properties unparalleled by any other adhesive system (e.g. excellent adhesion and cohesion; extreme cold and heat resistance). 

New types of core-filling compounds for optical fibre cables are introduced (Macroplast CF brand).

1990

Henkel introduces polyamide-based plug-potting compounds for electronic components in cars and polyurethane casting compounds for the production of air filters.

New product: Solvent-free Liofol hotmelts. 

Aqueous specialty adhesives for labeling of returnable plastic bottles (PET) for soft drinks are launched.

Formation of Henkel Metal Chemicals, Shanghai Henkel Chemicals Ltd. (Chinese J.V.)


1991

Teroson, founded in 1898, is integrated into Henkel's adhesives business. Teroson is an internationally recognized specialist in bonding, sealing, and corrosion protection of metals and other materials. Its considerable expertise centers especially on the automotive industry.
After the German Unification, Henkel takes over Klebstoffwerke Pirna. Based on its know-how, Citax Klebetechnik GmbH is founded to focus on adhesives for the woodworking industry.
Acquisition of Härtol Magdeburg, Teroson and Parker Amchem licencees in United Kingdom and Italy.

1992

A new generation of coextrudable hotmelts for cable-connecting technology is introduced and experiences great success.

1993

USA: Founding of Liofol Corp., a joint venture for developing and marketing laminating adhesives. Further details: www.liofol.com

Henkel’s shareholding in ERA, Tosno, the market leader in contact adhesives for craftsmen and DIY sector, is the platform for building up business in Russia and the CIS countries.

Henkel took over the industrial cleaners business of Chemserve, South Africa.

Shanghai: The joint-venture company, Shanghai Henkel-Teroson Adhesives & Coatings Ltd., is established for the manufacture of PVC plastisols and coatings for the Chinese automotive industry.

In Italy, Henkel becomes a leading player in the contact adhesives and sealants market by acquiring the Bostik brand. (Subsequently, in 1997, Henkel has to relinquish Bostik on legal grounds.)

1994

Development of elastic MS sealants and adhesives. These become trailblazers for applications in automotive, mechanical and equipment engineering.
Establishment of the joint-venture company, Shantou Henkel Consumer Adhesives & Building Chemicals Co. Ltd. in China, to manufacture and market wall covering and household adhesives, sealants and chemical products for the building industry, as well as industrial adhesives for packaging industry.
Euromelt X-tra pressure-sensitive hotmelts - avoiding any silicone release paper - are launched.
Solvent-free shoe adhesives are launched as alternatives to their solvent-based predecessors.
Henkel Hellas A.E. acquires the adhesives company Viafrel, Athens. As a result, it becomes market leader in industrial adhesives in Greece.

1995

Founding of Liofol Ltda., a joint venture for developing and marketing laminating adhesives for the Latin American flexible packaging industry.
Takeover and integration of the industrial adhesives division of PKL Verpackungssysteme GmbH, Linnich/Germany. This rounds off the product range for labeling and bookbinding adhesives.

Acquisition of Dr. Schieber Chemische Fabrik, Bopfingen, founded in 1893 as a glue factory. Under the brand name Dorus it supplies a complete range of products for the woodworking industry. An innovative, solvent-free, one-component dispersion adhesive for bonding sheets of foamed material for upholstered furniture is now available to replace the solvent-based power adhesives that had been used previously.
Merger of Metal Chemical´s and Teroson´s automotive activities; Acquisition of Argenpisa, Argentina

1996

Lye-soluble hotmelt adhesives for labeling plastic bottles simplify recycling and multi-use systems.

Introduction of the 4th Generation of Liofol solventfree laminating adhesives, with the shortest cross-linking time. Furthermore Liofol launches aliphatic polyurethane laminating adhesives (solventfree) for all applications including sterilization.

Introduction of a new technique for the simultaneous processing of dispersions and hotmelts in the bookbinding field (two-shot process; Disp-O-Fusion).

In the USA, the acquisition of United Resin Products strengthens Henkel's local position in the hotmelts field. The additional production sites give Henkel wider market coverage in this region.

Acquisition of N.B. Love Adhesives, Melbourne, the market leader of industrial and packaging adhesives in Australia and New Zealand.

Indermil, a highly refined, sterile, surgical adhesive, is used to replace traditional methods of wound closure such as sutures or staples.

Acquisition of Novamax, Thiem, USA; Takiplas, Brazil.

Henkel started production of a new generation of solvent-free Thomsit floorcovering adhesives, which met the high standards for indoor air quality.

1997

Successful launch of post-curing polyurethane hotmelts Purmelt for the woodworking industry.
The highlight of the year, and of the history of Henkel's adhesives business, is the 100% acquisition of Loctite Corporation, the leading specialist in engineering adhesives worldwide. Loctite is also internationally successful with DIY adhesives, superglues, epoxy adhesives, and automotive products. Further details: www.loctite.com
Following the acquisition of Loctite, sales of Henkel Adhesives exceed DM 4 billion (2.04 billion Euro).
Formation of Henkel Surface Technologies; Acquisition of DTI, USA;
Formation of Wuhan HST, China, Henkel Chembond (India), Henkel Teroson India (Anchemco)

1998

A new generation of epoxy-based, fast-curing adhesives - the Loctite Chipbonders – attract considerable interest within the electronics industry in the field of component manufacture.

Henkel buys the Finnish company, Teolisunsliimat Oy, a leading manufacturer and supplier of solvent-free polyurethane adhesives and sealants for industry and craftsmen.

In Niedererlinsbach, Switzerland, a new production facility for the tobacco industry goes into operation. This plant enables the production of adhesives in conditions similar to the clean-room conditions found in the pharmaceutical and food industry.

Henkel launches universal solvent free laminating adhesives (Liofol brand) for easy processing and reliable product performance.

Acquisition of Tirreno, Brazil; Maxwell, Australia.

Acquisition of Surface Treatment Business of CFPI (France/Spain).

In the USA, Henkel acquired a majority shareholding in Manco Inc, Avon, Ohio, thus considerably strengthening its position in the brand-name adhesives market in North America. Henkel became a leading supplier of consumer adhesives in throughout North America. Manco was entrusted with selling and marketing LePage products in the USA.

1999

Henkel Adhesives presents the world of Adhesives in 92 pages: In the brochure “Bonds for the future,” Henkel publishes a summary of their history, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Adhesives business sector.

In May Henkel acquires a 10% interest in the Joint Venture Cemedine Co. Ltd., Japan, a producer of automotive adhesives and sealants.

Acquisition of Framchem, a CFPI subsidiary in Egypt and its integration into Henkel.

South African J.V. Chemserve Surface Technologies Co. totally taken over.

Acquisition of Hong Seong Chemicals Ltd. (Korea).

Loctite acquires Fel-Pro Chemical, a specialty subsidiary of Federal Mogul Corporation and leading supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products and potting compounds for electronic componentry.

2000

In Bopfingen, Germany, Henkel’s largest and most advanced production facility for hotmelt granules, goes into operation. Planned and built within two years, Henkel’s most advanced hotmelts factory has an annual capacity of more than 15,000 tons.

Henkel launches Technomelt Supra for the packaging industry. Technomelt Supra combines the proven quality of conventional EVA hotmelts with new, exceptional properties and greater flexibility in application.

Henkel’s U.S. affiliate, Loctite Corporation, buys a substantial part of the Specialty Polymers Business of the Dexter Corporation, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA. The business comprises for example specialty products for assembly on printed circuit boards.

Formation of Changchun Henkel Surface Technologies Co. (Chinese J.V.)


2001

Henkel Dorus presents polyurethane hotmelts (Purmelt brand) in granule form. The Purmelt granules permit full bonding performance in all melting equipment.
Development of radiation-curing laminating adhesives (Liotron brand) for short customer process cycles.
Acquisition of Atofina´s Metal and Aviation business (Turco)

2002

Indermil wound closure adhesive wins FDA approval and is now available for sale in the United States. This marks the first product for Henkel with FDA approval, and Loctite advances into a new level of world-class manufacturing: medical device products.

Henkel acquires Solyplast S.A. a Spanish manufacturer of adhesives and sealing compounds and Cemedine U.S.A., Inc., a 100% subsidiary of Cemedine Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

At the end of September 2002, Henkel opens the "Henkel Loctite Technology Center Asia Pacific" in Yokohama, Japan, built at a cost of 23 million euros. In future, more than 130 employees will ensure that the industrial customers of Henkel Adhesives Technologies in the Asian region are provided with individually tailored product and system solutions.

Mounting adhesives for interior work and a wide variety of other applications are becoming an increasingly popular practical alternative to mechanical mounting methods.

2003

Henkel introduces its exclusive stick formula: Loctite Threadlockers, PST and Anti-Seize for greater application flexibility, such as in overhead, hard to reach or immovable situations.

The Loctite brand celebrates its 50th birthday.

A product innovation from Henkel: PowerPritt is a completely new all-purpose adhesive stick. It marks the second time that Henkel, the world market leader in adhesives, has moved from liquid to solid adhesive fixing: in 1969 with the invention of the solid stick adhesive for paper and card and in 2003 with all-purpose adhesives.

The use of mounting adhesives makes it possible to largely dispense with tools and screw clamps - one more step towards the realization of the "no more nails" vision.

2004

Acquisitions of the US manufacturer Orbseal LLC, manufacturer of  sound abatement products and automotive body sealants. and the US adhesives company, Sovereign Specialty Chemicals.

Henkel's oldest industrial brand, P3, celebrates 75 years. P3  is an  industrial cleaner  for metal surfaces.

2005

Henkel Technologies strengthens its electronics business in Asia with a new joint venture in China: Henkel acquires a majority holding in Huawei Electronics Co. Ltd.. Huawei Electronics is a leading manufacturer of epoxy sealing resins for semiconductors in China.

With the new PowerPritt Gel, Henkel now offers an innovative gel adhesive in addition to its successful PowerPritt. The new gel is particularly easy to use when it comes to precise and large-area adhesive fixing at school, at home and in the office.

It lets the user achieve powerful sticking without stringing, running or dripping.

2006

Henkel sells its rubber -to metal bonding ( Chemosil) business to Lord Corporation.
Henkel divests it business with sealants used in the manufacture of insulating glass to H.B. Fuller

Henkel acquires Alba Adesivos from Hexion Specialty Chemicals. Alba Adesivos, based in Brazil, is a consumer adhesives company producing contact cements, polyvinyl acetate adhesives, silicone sealants and epoxy putty adhesives.

2007

Henkel opens new Asia-Pacific & China Headquarters in the Zhangjiang technology park in Shanghai. It offers enough room for 700 employees and includes administrative areas, laboratories, and customer–training facilities.

2008

Henkel closes acquisition of the adhesives and electronic materials businesses of National Starch. In 2007 these businesses generated sales of 1.25 billion GBP (about 1.83 billion euros). The purchase price was 2.7 billion GBP( about 3.7 billion euros).

Henkel launches a new conversion coating called TecTalis. This metal pretreatment technology replaces zinc phosphating by offering significantly reduced process costs and environmental footprint.

Henkel introduces technology for composite materials used in the aerospace industry named Epsilon greatly simplifying processing and substantially reducing wastage.

Bonderite NT, Henkel’s nanoceramic pre-treatment process, is honored by The Federation of German Industries (BDI) with the BDI Environmental Award in the category “Environmentally compatible products”.

2009

PRITT stick turns 40
Over the last four decades, Pritt has become synonymous with gluing and correction excellence.  Today, people right round the globe purchase more than 130 million solvent-free Pritt sticks every year- there is no more successful paper adhesive. 

PONAL celebrates 50th anniversary
In its 50 years of existence , Ponal in Germany has become synonymous in Germany with wood gluing.
With its slogan “ Ponal – as hard as wood” it offers a complete portfolio ensuring perfect results the DIY enthusiast and craftsmen can rely on.

2010

With Loctite 3090 from Henkel, a new two-component instant adhesive is now available that not only offers the same high bond strength and fast cure, but can also fill gaps. Henkel has thus vastly broadened the application range of instant adhesives, offering an unmatched capability to fill gaps up to 5 mm wide.


Henkel’s latest innovation to its Correction Roller assortment is the high performance Pritt ECOmfort Correction roller. The new roller, releasing in November 2010, is the result of a strategic investment in innovation and technology to enhance product features, while improving its environmental profile.

2011

Loctite Super Glue

Loctite Superglue Power Easy represents a new formulation which prevents accidental gluing of fingers. The innovative safety feature slows down the reaction time and reduces unintentional results. The glue is repositionable and has a high adhesion on a wide variety of materials.

Loctite 5800

Henkel is the only company to offer a complete portfolio of non-hazardous anaerobic adhesives. This means that according to the tough regulations of (EC) No. 1907/2006-ISO 11014-1, they do not have to be labeled with any hazard symbols, risk or safety phrases. Nor do they contain any declarable CMRs (carcinogenic, mutagenic and reproductive toxins).

Terostat

With a new generation of elastic adhesives and sealants based on silane-modified polymers, Henkel is now making it possible to attain significantly higher process speeds during automated frame bonding of crystalline solar modules. Production times for solar modules are reduced thanks to the extremely high initial bond strength of the new Terostat MS Ultrafast series. Increased process speeds lead to substantial cost savings.

Pattex

Pattex Power PU Foam – with its low toxic content – is the first PU foam to satisfy recent European legislation, enabling it to be purchased freely over the counter in retail stores. Easy and safe to use, its improved insuklation performance also promotes energy efficiency.