Henkel’s History of Innovation

It all began with a single innovation. Company founder Fritz Henkel was one of the first merchants of his time to sell his products in precisely weighed quantities – rather than loose goods – in packs of identical design and at fixed prices. Since that time, many new and successful ideas have accompanied Henkel on its way to market leadership.

To list every individual innovation that Henkel has been responsible for would fill several tomes. Consequently, we have limited our rundown here to those milestones that have marked out our corporate progress. For over 30 years, Henkel has continuously worked on developing new ideas in our three business sectors Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies, frequently setting new standards along the way. So take a glance now at the world of Henkel innovation and use the links to delve deeper into the creative ideas and developments that Henkel has been responsible for since 1876 – its year of establishment – through to today:

2012

Persil Duo Caps

Persil Duo Caps

Henkel introduces Persil Duo Caps, opening the way to a new form of laundry care. The pre-dosed gel capsules are placed directly inside the washing machine drum where – thanks to the water-soluble film – they completely dissolve during the wash cycle. There innovative dual-chamber technology ensures perfect laundry results every time – with user effort reduced to a minimum.
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2010

Optal XP

Optal XP

The introduction of Optal XP meant that, finally, Henkel was able to provide the perfect adhesive for labeling applications. This product range offers an excellent spectrum of high-performance solutions for the labeling of glass containers under all manufacturing conditions.
www.optalxp.com/


1994

Persil Megaperls

Persil Megaperls

Beads replace powder. The development of a laundry detergent offering even better cleaning performance with significantly reduced dosages – that was the brief toward which Henkel’s researchers worked for five years. In 1994, they delivered a worthy result, smoothing the way to a new detergent generation. This Henkel breakthrough culminated in the marketing of a product that – to this day – is omnipresent in households around the world: Persil Megaperls.
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2013 Persil Megaperls

1983

Dixan

Dixan becomes the first phosphate-free powder detergent

The first phosphate-free powder detergent in Germany is launched onto the market as Dixan from Henkel.


1969

Pritt glue stick

Pritt glue stick

Henkel launches its solvent-free Pritt glue stick with a novel “twist-action” extension mechanism – a new departure in the adhesives domain. The Pritt glue stick offers consumers clean and easy gluing for the first time, and today counts among the elite group of truly global brands.
www.prittworld.co.uk/en/prittworld/meta/header-navigation/about-pritt/pritt-history.html


1962

Somat

Somat

Henkel introduces the first household detergent in Germany developed especially for automatic dishwashers: Somat.
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1956

Loctite

Loctite

Professor Vernon Krieble presents “Loctite, the liquid locknut" for the first time in New York, promising that this adhesive will solve the previously perennial problem of nuts and bolts in machinery working their way loose.
www.loctite.co.uk/history-4090.htm


1955

Taft

Taft
 
Henkel launches the first brand-name hairspray in Germany under the Taft label.


1954

Terotex

Teroson Original 
 
Henkel introduces Teroson Original, a protective rubber-based underbody coating, laying the foundation for Teroson to become a leading brand for bonding, sealing, coating and reinforcing in automotive body and vehicle repair and maintenance (VRM) applications and industrial assemblies.
www.henkel.com/industrial/brands-5497.htm?nodeid=8797571416206


1949

Schauma

Henkel develops the first cream shampoo in a tube under the name Schauma – and it becomes the most successful shampoo across the Federal Republic of Germany. 
www.schauma.schwarzkopf.com/schauma/en/en/home/history/history.html


1933

Onalkali

Alkaline-free shampoo

Schwarzkopf launches the world’s first alkaline-free hair shampoo: Onalkali


1929

P3 cleaner

P3 cleaner

Inspired by a trip to the USA, Dr. Hugo Henkel initiates tests on the use of sodium phosphate for cleaning metal surfaces. The results are impressive and lead to the production of the P3 range of cleaners – aqueous, alkaline, acidic and pH-neutral quality cleaning agents for industrial and professional trade applications.


Imi

Imi

Henkel launches the market’s first dishwashing and cleaning detergent containing sodium phosphate.

1922

Mala

Packaging glues

In the basement of the Düsseldorf-Holthausen packing shed, the first glues developed to meet Henkel’s in-house requirements were manufactured at the beginning of this particular year: Sula (paper adhesive), Desula (cardboard adhesive) and Buba (packet adhesive). Around the middle of the year, Henkel sells glue for the first time – to a neighboring company.


1907

Persil

Persil

After numerous laboratory tests, Henkel develops Persil, the first self-acting laundry detergent in the world. The combination of sodium PERborate and sodium SILicate causes oxygen to bubble up through the laundry, bleaching it in a gentle, odorless fashion. For the first time, soil and stains can be removed without a washboard and scrubbing brushes. And through to today, Persil continues to ease the chore of laundry care as the first-choice product for households around the world.
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1903

Shampoon

Shampoon

Schwarzkopf introduces the first hair-washing powder into the German market: “Shampoon,” already marked with the now familiar black icon of a head in profile (Schwarzkopf means “black head”). The product is such a success that Hans Schwarzkopf gives up his drugstore business in the same year in order to concentrate solely on marketing this innovation.
www.schwarzkopf.com/sk/en/home/schwarzkopf/about_us/history.html


1878

Bleaching Soda

Bleaching Soda

Henkel’s “Bleich-Soda” – bleaching soda – one of the first brand-name products in Germany, launches a success story that Henkel has sustained ever since.
www.henkel.com/about-henkel/company-history-11789.htm



Timeline 130 Years of Henkel