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Henkel is a leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of tailor-made solutions for our customers and of high-quality consumer products. Our global team of experts partners with customers to deliver best-in-class service. Our powerful innovations and leading technologies under top-brands such as Loctite create sustainable value for industrial customers, consumers and professional users.
Our industrial product portfolio is organized into five Technology Cluster Brands - Loctite, Bonderite, Technomelt, Teroson and Aquence. For consumer and professional markets, we focus on the four global brand platforms Pritt, Loctite, Ceresit and Pattex.
Solutions from Henkel can be found in many objects that are manufactured, which touch our lives every day: cars, books and magazines, computers, aircraft, refrigerators, cell phones, furniture, textiles, packaging, and many more.
Henkel’s involvement in the adhesives industry was a coincidence which turned out to be a great fortune: It was in 1923 when the labeling of some of its own consumer products was threatened due to an interruption in the supply of glue. Since then, Henkel has been involved in the production of its own adhesives for a wide variety of products and industries.
Today Henkel Adhesive Technologies is a leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide.
Adhesive Technologies is Henkel’s largest business unit: In 2014, sales amounted to 8,127 million euros which equal 49% of total Henkel sales. The size of Adhesive Technologies and its position as a market leader in various businesses allow us to leverage extensive synergies in research and development, production, and materials management. In addition to strong organic growth potential, acquisitions – and their rapid integration – are important instruments for the further development of our business. Active portfolio management plays a central role in continuing our profitable growth. This entails both reinforcing organic sales growth through targeted investments in particularly attractive emerging markets, and investing in growth through acquisitions. It also involves deliberately reducing the importance of businesses that offer little opportunity for differentiation, and carving out non-core activities with no strategic significance. Expanding our leadership in innovation is another important cornerstone of our growth strategy. We focus on opening new fields of application through innovative adhesive technologies, as well as optimizing the performance and sustainability of our existing solutions. In 2014, we generated more than 30 percent of our sales from products successfully launched onto the market in the last five years.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies drives powerful innovations and develops leading technologies that create more value for our customers. Our expert people continuously improve our existing products and develop breakthrough innovations. We have a unique ability to identify technology and societal trends and provide leading technologies for the future.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies is delivering advanced technologies and leading solutions across its industrial and consumer markets, and is further driving its innovation capabilities and leadership forward. We remain focused on driving profitable growth by investing into our own R&D and product development, as well as into new market opportunities. Expanding our innovation horizon enables us to deliver tailor-made solutions for our customers today, while at the same time developing leading technologies that create even more value for them tomorrow.
Thirty percent of sales within Adhesive Technologies come from products that are less than five years old. Close monitoring of mega trends helps identify new areas for research by pinpointing possible incremental improvements of existing technologies and identifying disruptive technologies that can transform an entire value chain and create completely new markets. Adhesive Technologies continually reviews its portfolio to make sure innovation drives growth in the future – as it has in the past. This process determines where the company will invest and leads to continuous improvements and refinements.
For Henkel Adhesive Technologies, sustainability is inseparably linked with innovation and efficiency. We are committed to delivering solutions and products that create more value with less resources along the entire value chain. Customers everywhere in the world can use customized solutions to increase their added value relative to their environmental footprint. Our broad portfolio of technologies reduces energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and waste generated during production as well as use of a wide variety of products, ranging from packaging, books and mobile telephones through to automobiles and airplanes.
The next generation conversion coating Bonderite M-NT 20120 provides customers in various industries with increased flexibility and efficiency coupled with enhanced sustainability. This phosphate-free multimetal pretreatment technology effectively protects steel, zinc and aluminum surfaces against flash rust. Bonderite M-NT 20120 reduces process complexity and thus enables faster cycle times while cutting energy consumption and waste.
Through our newly developed line of waterborne adhesives under the brand Aquence, we are able to provide customers in the food industry with low-migration solutions for folding cartons, sealed bags and corrugated paper. We thus continue to drive performance as a leader in food safety, particularly in Europe.
A cooperation agreement with the start-up company DropWise Technologies Corp. based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, which has developed a new method of producing hydrophobic coatings, will further expand our innovation expertise in the field of surface technology. Our main aim with this innovative process is to further improve efficiency in industrial heat generation.